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Writing About Film: Fish Out of Water Genre: Home

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What is a Fish out of Water?

A fish out of water is an idiom used to refer to a person who is stuck in a unknown place or time, and since the inception of film, this concept has been in the film canon. There have been many tales of fish out of water, told in many different ways. There are those who end up in a place they are unfamiliar with, like New York or Beverly Hills, and then there are those who are transported to another world, or maybe even the future or the past! There's an endless stream of story ideas from the concept of the fish out of water. 


This LibGuide was created by Seth Stone, for a class project.



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Welcome to My Film LibGuide! The topic is Fish Out of Water Films across all genres. We're going to be discussing in depth the use of the Fish Out of Water trope and how it can cross genre lines, as well as showcasing some of the standout fish out of water films you gotta see!

In addition, we will also be discussing how you can write about film, as well as several resources to help you start writing about film!
So, if you're looking for that kind of info then you've come to the right place! Click on any one of these tabs we have set up here to start learning.


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