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QOTD – August 2 – Jumping the Shark

In 1977 The Fonz jumped the shark in an episode of Happy Days. They were losing viewers, and it seemed like a cool stunt to pull off, and try to gain a bit of attention toward the end of the series. Looking back on it now, it sort of reminds me of one of the musical interludes in an episode of Baywatch, except without the bouncing boobs, or German singing sensation David Hasselfhoff. It’s a pretty corny scene, and one that has definitely – while responsible for creating a phrase – been well overplayed.

Books tend to jump the shark as well. It’s that scene, just before the fall in action, right after the climax, where the author knows they have you, and then they throw in the random sex scene to make it feel more “provocative” (see every John Grisham book ever written).

So, your question of the day:

Which books do you feel jumped the shark?

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “QOTD – August 2 – Jumping the Shark

  1. kiwiskan
    August 2, 2013

    Never saw that episode – and in his leather jacket 🙂

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