Grimm’s Trailer Full of Secrets
Character and Gender in the Television Series
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About the Book
NBC’s Grimm is an arguably underrated, under-studied series full of compelling characters, including Monroe, the charmingly knowledgeable vegetarian who looks like a werewolf; Wu, the funny cop who beats his way to the truth; Adalind, the enjoyably vengeful, risk-taking witch; Trubel, the furious young loner accused of insanity; Kelly, a powerful older warrior-woman; Nick, a compassionate detective; Hank, Juliette, Rosalee and others.
This book, which includes a chapter on each key figure, explores the fascinating world of characterization in television. The storyline, as well as the dialogue, acting, costumes, scenery, lighting and music, contribute to in-depth depictions that evolve over time. Grimm‘s figures, sometimes going against the narrative symbolism, confound our perceptions of race, age and gender. They demonstrate the ability of television characters to build unforgettable, meaningful connections.
About the Author(s)
Rhonda V. Wilcox
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
Book Reviews & Awards
• “Though characters must regularly lurk in media studies’ shadows, appearing only for a paragraph here or there, Grimm’s Trailer Full of Secrets is refreshingly all about character. Grimm-like, and with (dare I say) a lot of character, Rhonda V. Wilcox voyages into these shadows, offering both a superb analysis of Grimm and a strong argument for the importance of centering characters in future work.”—Jonathan Gray, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of Television Entertainment
• “Grimm is a labyrinthine world of monsters and magic, and Rhonda Wilcox’s Grimm’s Trailer Full of Secrets is a treasure trove of insight and observation that deftly guides the reader—like a Grimm in-training—through the nuances and complexities of this rich TV series. Looking at the show through the lens of character, reflecting on casting, performance, representation, and the impact of serial narrative, Wilcox’s skilful analysis highlights the importance of the ensemble cast to the show’s success and unlocks many of its mysteries, revealing a rich tapestry of storytelling. It is a must-read for the fan, student, and future Grimm.”—Stacey Abbott, University of Roehampton, UK, author of Angel: TV Milestone and Undead Apocalypse
• “Reading Rhonda Wilcox’s book is like peering into Grimm’s “trailer full of secrets” and finding an entryway into the magic of television narrative. In her brilliant and compelling study of the series and its characters, Wilcox pores over the lore to make connections and find meaning. As Wilcox maps Grimm’s inheritance of and play with multiple traditions, including fairy tales, folklore, and television, she illuminates the complex identity politics of the characters and series. Grimm’s Trailer Full of Secrets continues Wilcox’s ever-important work investigating how and why television matters in contemporary culture.”—Lisa K. Perdigao, Florida Tech School of Arts and Communication, co-editor, The CW Comes of Age: Essays on Programming, Branding and Evolution