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Neptune Noir by Rob Thomas
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May 16, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: VM Fans
Read in May, 2008

I found the introduction and notes from Rob Thomas more interesting than the actual essays in most cases, although that could be because I was expecting a more critical, analytical look at the show and characters. That said, I thought "Daddy's Girl" and "I Cannot Tell A Lie..." were the particularly interesting. "Daddy's Girl" analyzes the relationship between Veronica and Keith, focusing on the way it changes from season one to season two. "I Cannot Tell A Lie..." illustrates the various ways that lies are perceived in Neptune and why viewers are able to forgive Veronica for lies that we'd never forgive in the real world.

Any fan of Veronica Mars will undoubtedly identify with the opening of "Lawless Neptune," which addresses the difficulty of describing the show to someone who has never seen it. (Most fans have probably gotten the 'Nancy Drew' comparison thrown back at them when they tried, too.) The essay then segues into why the picture of a corrupt criminal justice system is integral to making the viewer believe in the show and not see it as a fluffy, contemporary update of Nancy Drew.
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message 1: by Mark (new) - added it

Mark Thanks for your review. "Trying to explain Veronica Mars" You're right about the Nancy Drew response. I say, "Nancy Drew meets Pulp Fiction, with Gilmore Girls."

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