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Twisting the Narrative: How Netflix's The Midnight Club and the Conventions of Horror Capture the nspoken Side of Cancer

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posted on 2024-04-25, 16:25 authored by Laney Kaitlan BlevinsLaney Kaitlan Blevins

When diagnosed with cancer, it is not uncommon for patients to turn to narratives—both fiction and non—looking for comfort or a way to make sense of their situation. When it comes to cancer on screen, we often see a romanticized version of cancer diagnosis: young sick kids falling in love, messages of going on to do amazing things after treatment, or visuals of glamorized sickness. This is not reflective of the dark thoughts that often find homes in the minds of cancer patients. And yet, little media exists to resonate with these darker narratives. Netflix’s The Midnight Club, a horror show catered toward young adults, helps to twist the pre-existing narratives surrounding cancer by utilizing the conventions of the horror genre to explore the darker sides of cancer diagnosis through storytelling. Though often uncomfortable, the show’s ability to discuss thoughts of mortality, pain, and loss in wake of terminal diagnosis is one important of discussion, as is done in this paper.

History

Degree Type

  • Master of Arts

Department

  • Communication

Campus location

  • Fort Wayne

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Assem Nasr

Additional Committee Member 2

Steve Carr

Additional Committee Member 3

Wei Luo

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