This thought-provoking anthology offers fans a close examination of the psychology behind the intricate narrative and compelling characters in the popular HBO TV series, "Game of Thrones," based upon author George R.R. Martin's bestselling work "A Song of Ice and Fire." With no moral boundaries honored, the psychological games played by the series conniving protagonists are seemingly limitless. War, murder, violence, and rape are only a few of the weighty issues explored in these 19 analytical essays along with personality disorders, post-traumatic stress, and psychopathy.
Freedom vs. security: that is the dilemma, and two superheroes have come to completely opposite conclusions. This provocative collection, edited by popular culture writer Travis Langley and with a foreword by Stan Lee, examines the psychological and political choices made by Captain America and Iron Man in the wake of a civil war. Why do they see things so differently? What are their motivations? Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology analyzes the polar sides of this debate, looking at how trauma shaped the characters, what it takes to become a superhero, and what role gender plays in one's ability to resolve conflicts along with questions of morality, leadership, and teamwork.
If a person could travel eternally through space and time, how would this power affect him? Doctor Who Psychology explores this question through an analysis of the longest-running sci-fi TV series of all time. This fascinating in-depth academic study, edited by Travis Langley, contains 20 essays delving into the psychology behind the time-traveling Doctor in his many iterations, as well as his companions and his foes.
The characters of "The Walking Dead "live in a desolate postapocalyptic world, filled with relentless violence and death. In reality, how would such never-ending trauma affect the psyche? By understanding the psychological forces that drive the show's action, fans can better grasp this compelling fictional universe. Is the Governor a psychopath, a sociopath, or neither? What does Terror Management Theory tell us about what it means to constantly fight for survival as Rick must? What is the emotional cost of killing a walker or even another living person? What is groupthink and how does it affect the decisions made by the people of Terminus, Woodbury, and Rick's gang? In 19 essays from a range of esteemed contributors, a foreword by John Russo, cocreator of "Night of the Living Dead, "plus "Case Files" sidebars by editor Travis Langley, "The Walking Dead Psychology "answers these and many other questions in a way sure to fascinate the show's millions of passionate viewers. "Contributors include" John Blanchar * Megan Blink * Colt J. Blunt * Josue Cardona * Adam Davis * William Blake Erickson * Frank Gaskill * Jennifer Golbeck * Jonathan Hetterly * Katrina Hill * Alan Kistler * Dana Klisanin * Stephen Kuniak * Martin Lloyd * Stephanie Norman * Patrick O Connor * Katherine Ramsland * Clay Routledge * Billy San Juan * Janina Scarlet * Steven Schlozman * Lara Taylor * Dave Verhaagen * Mara Wood * E. Paul Zehr *
From its very first frame, the Star Wars series created a compelling universe, with complex characters and engaging storytelling. In advance of the highly anticipated new movie, "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," this essay collection offers a fascinating and unauthorized psychological analysis of every aspect of George Lucas's richly rendered world. A group of expert contributors, edited by Travis Langley, examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this spellbinding world.