Correctly defined, pulp fiction was a body of short fiction published on "pulp" (low grade) paper predominately by unknown writers. Plots were simplistic, characterizations two-dimensional, settings (even "realistic" ones) fantasized, but most of all, writing style was about 4th grade reading level, exaggerated, and totally avoided anything that might be considered actual theme, i.e., delving beneath the obvious or thoughtfulness). Original pulp fiction did cling to a "righting wrongs" framework, with Good prevailing over Evil; always the "happy ending." The term is still applicable today to describe that KIND of writing: with the added modern elements of extremely gory detail and pornography for the masses. The "Romance" genre is typical, with te word "Romance" defined by publishers NOT as a love story, but instead, detailed human copulation scenes, inferred as a "love" story (rather than simply the lust it actually presents).
In the early 1900s, "Phantom of the Opera" was an example of pulp fiction... the "10-penny dreadful." Louis L'Armour's westerns were another sample, soon augmented by early detective and superhero stories which developed into the comic book in the '30s and 40s. Horror stories proliferated. In early pulp, the love interest was minimized, and it was only in the late 20th century that explicit sexual scenes were included. Today, with few exceptions, the romance novels, whether historical or contemporary, the detective novels, and the feminist protagonists creating a characterization of Little Men (not in the Louisa May Alcott mode) are all examples of modern pulp. The term, "pulp fiction," has always literally defined inferior writing competence. That hasn't changed although it undeniably is also a venue for new writers struggling to get published, a few of whom do develop into well above average craftspersons.
by EaglesHeart January 04, 2009
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1. pulp - a publication, such as a magazine or book, containing lurid subject matter.

2. fiction - a literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact.

Movie containing lots of killing, cussing, drug use, and Samuel L. Jackson as a bad ass mother fucker.
Is there a sign outside my house that says DEAD NIGGER STORAGE?
by Robyn July 28, 2003
The best movie ever. Period.
Don't shoot the dudes in your back seat
by fudrudler June 14, 2004
The best fucking movie ever that makes John Travolta look badass
Damn nigger, thats a good burger
by Lukes May 03, 2004
The best movie ever made.
Pulp Fiction is the best movie ever.
by Walter June 02, 2004
a movie that made my friends obsessed with samuel l jackson quotes !
such as ....
by areba June 10, 2004
A film released by Quentin Tarantino in 1994. Very bloody, just like many of Tarantino's films.

2)Is the reason behind the popularity of Ezekiel 25:17
"Is there a sign that says 'dead nigger storage'?"

"Ezekial 25:17 - The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequites of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he that shephards the weak from the valley of darkness for he is truly his brother's keeper, and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers, and you will know my name is the lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."
by K-chan March 26, 2005
The best movie possibly ever with an all-star cast and top-notch acting by pretty much everyone in the whole damn film.
TV Critic #1: What do you think of Quentin Tarantino?

TV Critic #2: Well, he made the best movie ever to date.

TV Critic #1: Which is...?

TV Critic #2: "Pulp Fiction", you fucking moron!

TV Critic #1: (Smiles, stuttering) Um-uh-uh, le-let's g-go to commercial break, shall we? (Nervous, wrenches tie severely)
by Mister E. February 14, 2004

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