Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Excellent New Shows: A Series

First up, Heroes. I love this show so, so much. It's kind of a variation on the X-Men theme: a disparate group of people begin to realize they have powers no-one else has. Eventually, they come together to use those powers for good (or possibly evil -- I guess it'll depend on how many seasons the show survives. Inevitably, a good guy goes bad, at least for a while.), and possibly to save humanity and get the girl or guy of their choice.

There's so much to enjoy about the show -- the characters as they discover and then begin to test the limits of their powers; the deliciously, creepily evil bad guy (who is -- ulp! -- the adoptive Dad of one of the Heroes); and the many ways all of their lives intersect & intertwine. This is a cult show, to be sure, and NBC is marketing it just the right way to its key demographic of fans & fans-to-be.

NBC is allowing viewers to watch episodes online if they miss them during the week; they're rebroadcasting the episodes on Friday nights on the Sci-Fi Channel (right before returning cult favorites Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica, and oh, my goodness could I talk about the genius of Battlestar for hours, but that's another post); the show's breakout character, Hiro, has a blog; NBC is offering an online version of the comic alluded to in the show; and there's even an unofficial (but pretty darn spiffy) fan site, 9th Wonders (named for the comic). Rich, rich content, served up in a most tantalizing style. Well played, NBC. Now, just don't cancel the show. Nothing irritates fanboys & fangirls more than the untimely demise of a show that is going somewhere.


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