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Wk 5 - Pitch Treatment - Kurt Vonnegut Literature & Language Essay (Essay Sample)


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Recent books and movies have reimagined the lives of historical figures such as Edgar Allan Poe and Abraham Lincoln as crime fighters who battle, respectively, serial killers and vampires. Write a proposal for a movie treatment based on a fictional reimagining of the life of Kurt Vonnegut. 


Write a 1- to 2-page treatment that includes the following: 


  • An introduction to key characters in your proposed movie: The characters you create should demonstrate your knowledge of standard character types found in this era of science fiction. 
  • A summary of your proposed movie's storyline: Your story should include at least one historical, cultural, or political element associated with your selected author's works or life. Additionally, provide a theme in your summary that is commonly found in contemporary science fiction.
  • In addition to your character and story summaries, write a paragraph that discusses your selected author's influence on popular culture.


Cite at least two references. 

Format your paper consistent with MLA guidelines.


Reading Material on next page.



LIT/410: Literature of the Fantastic

Contemporary Science Fiction

  • Campbell, J. (2009). Kill the bugger: "Ender's game" and the question of heteronormativity. Science Fiction Studies, 36(3), 490-507.
  • Fitting, P. (1983). Reality as ideological construct: A reading of five novels by Philip K. Dick. Science Fiction Studies, 10(2), 219-236.
  • Grant, G. (1990). Transcendence through detournement in William Gibson's neuromancer. Science Fiction Studies, 17(1), 41-49.
  • Hartmann, D. (2009). Space construction as cultural practice: Reading William Gibson's Neuromancer with respect to postmodern concepts of space. Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series In Cultural History, Geography & Literature, 9, 9275-9
  • Holland-Toll, L. J. (2004). From disturbance to comfort zone: Cross-generic strategies in Dean R. Koontz. Journal of Popular Culture, 37(4), 662-682.
  • Simpson, J. (2004). "This promising of great secrets": Literature, ideas, and the (re)invention of reality in Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions or ... Critique, 45(3), 261-271.
  • Zaki, H. M. (1990). Utopia, dystopia, and ideology in the science fiction of Octavia Butler. Science Fiction Studies, 17(2), 239-251.

Optional Suggested Reading:

  • Butler, O. E. (2005/2006). The Book of Martha. Obsidian III, 44-60.


  • NBD Television Limited (1992). New Literary Form: Cyberpunk (03:14) [Video file] in Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon, Films on Demand.


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Pitch Treatment: Kurt Vonnegut
Introduction to Key Characters
The key characters in the proposed movie include as follows:
Protagonist: Kurt Vonnegut is the protagonist in the proposed science fiction. He is kind-hearted and peace-lovers. He has command on creating intricate digital devices and adapting them to the emerging needs.
Antagonist. Gravedigger, a British tyrant, is the antagonist in the movie. He is callous in his manners and aggressive in his advances and responses. He is easily provoked and unsettled.
Other characters: Other characters are ‘flat’ as they do not undergo any dynamic change throughout the movie. These characters include the subject of Gravedigger that comprises two factions: one supporting war and another peace. These characters have a complementary role in the movie. Then, there is the force of aliens whose leader, Rock, is similar to Gravedigger to a significant extent. He is also easily enraged and driven into conflicts.

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