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Old May 6 2012, 10:15 AM   #863
RJDiogenes
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Re: sf/f TV development news - 2012

Asbo Zaprudder wrote: View Post
I thought Star Wars was inspired more by Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. The Last Starfighter was more derivative of The Seven Samurai, but then so was A Bug's life as were probably several dozen other films.
I had always heard Seven Samurai, but either way the point remains intact.

Kegg wrote: View Post
Also, something can be more than one genre. Genres are not zero sum games.
Exactly. It makes more sense to apply multiple adjectives to something than one generic descriptor.

Harvey wrote: View Post
Would your definition exclude The Proposition and Quigley Down Under, then, since they're set in the Australian outback?
Yes.

An approach to genre that doesn't take usage into account and totally disregards iconography as a generic marker doesn't strike me as very useful.
Each genre is defined in different ways, with emphasis on different aspects. The definition of Romance weighs heavily toward character relationship, the definition of Mystery weighs heavily toward a very specific situational aspect-- the definition of Western happens to rely heavily on time and place.
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