Pulp fiction is a genre that emphasizes shock and excitement by using larger-than-life characters, action-oriented plots, and sensational events. Most pulp fiction features a simple black-and-white view of morality, making it easy to understand each characters' motivations, allies, and enemies.
The term comes from low-cast magazines of the early 20th century, made from wood-pulp to cut costs. Designed for immediate gratification and engagement, the stories printed in these cheap magazines developed a style of their own, which became known as pulp fiction.
Except for a close association with the early 20th century as a setting, the trappings of pulp fiction are largely visible in its mood or style. Therefore, most pulp fiction is usually mixed with a genre that provides more substance or direction, such as action-adventure, science fiction, or the occult.
Examples of pulp role-playing gamesEdit
- The Pulp Super-Fan: A look at pulp role-playing games at ThePulp.Net