What makes something melodramatic?
May 24, 2005 11:18 PM Subscribe
What makes something melodramatic? I have an idea of its
definition, based on context; but would never use this word, since I'm not exactly sure -- what does it mean to you? I've known people who use the term to mean something like dramatic or overly dramatic or emotional, over-wrought or even hysterical. So, okay, dramatic; but why mellow?
posted by Rash to Writing & Language (16 answers total)
I first encountered the word long ago, when I'd scan
TV Guide's movie listings, seeking out those labeled
"Science Fiction" -- the most common descriptive
was "Melodrama." Why not just "Drama"?