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  • a mesmerizing melodrama of forbidden love
  • For an observer given to melodrama it would have appeared that the woman’s look was pleading.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • And what he says next isn’t self-pity or angst or melodrama.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Their words were not mawkish melodrama; they meant what they said.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • I had come to Brooklyn ostensibly "to write my guts out," as dear old Farrell had put it, not to play the hapless supernumerary in some tortured melodrama.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Cordelia’s melodramas are beyond her.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I had been inclined at first to take this whole remarkable misadventure as melodrama; such things just did not happen in real life.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He quirks his eyebrows and adds, with a touch of melodrama, "To decide our fate."
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • A lurid melodrama, of shackled beauties and doomed romances and pervasive oppression, all told in such breathless, high-spirited fashion.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • How could I admit my part in the current melodrama to a psyche devoid of guilt?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank

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  • The pilot looked like he was festooned for a Shakespearean melodrama.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Robert Macaire is the hero of two favorite melodramas—"Chien de Montargis" and "Chien d’Aubry"—and the name is applied to bold criminals as a term of derision.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But I have had enough melodrama in this life, and would willingly give my five senses if they could ensure us our present peace and security.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • At the California Labor School a forceful and perceptive teacher quickly and unceremoniously separated me from melodrama.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Although the tone of the journal, written in the third person in a stilted, self-consciousness voice, often veers toward melodrama, the available evidence indicates that McCandless did not misrepresent the facts; telling the truth was a credo he took seriously.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I’m tired of this melodrama, I’m tired of keeping silent.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • You make me feel like a villain in a melodrama — twirling my mustache while I try to steal some poor girl’s virtue.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I remember Grandma Kato as thin and tough, not given to melodrama or overstatement of any kind.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • But it was pretty minor, league stuff; the highest his temperature had ever gone was 100.7, and that wasn’t exactly the stuff of which high melodrama was made.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • At first she had dismissed it as the wind, which could mimic many different human vocal ranges, from a papery deathbed whisper around the doors and window frames to a full-out scream around the eaves … the sound of a woman fleeing a murderer in a cheap melodrama.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • (With a tremendous and rather insincere sense of melodrama) ’Course I thinks it’s wonderful how our folks keeps on pushing out.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • CHAPTER XVII OLIVER’S DESTINY CONTINUING UNPROPITIOUS, BRINGS A GREAT MAN TO LONDON TO INJURE HIS REPUTATION It is the custom on the stage, in all good murderous melodramas, to present the tragic and the comic scenes, in as regular alternation, as the layers of red and white in a side of streaky bacon.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "But then," Yolanda says in the ominous voice of a radio melodrama, "then Papi found the letters."
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • You are like one of the heroes of those silly melodramas mother used to be so fond of acting in.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I have nothing but my good right arm, as they say in the melodramas.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • "Where is ’ H.R. Jacob’s’?" interrupted Carrie, mentioning one of the theatres devoted to melodrama which went by that name at the time.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Maggie always departed with raised spirits from the showing places of the melodrama.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • It’s no credit to me or Aunt Loma that we were enjoying our roles in this melodrama.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Deaths and disclosures, universal and particular, denouements both unexpected and inexorable, transvestite melodrama on all levels including the suggestive.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • I must resist melodrama, and an overheated brain.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The Trials of Arabella may have been a melodrama, but its author had yet to hear the term.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • With the attitude he might have held toward an amusing melodrama he hoped it would be long and bloody.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • It is melodrama; but I can’t help it.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • I would like to be able to say, with trite and silly melodrama, that I am sorry that my father did not live to see his son’s name on a book.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • But how can I when she won’t say she’s sorry, or even admit her role in this melodrama? I did confront her.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Take a few steps, and you come upon that fatal Rue Croulebarbe, where Ulbach stabbed the goat-girl of Ivry to the sound of thunder, as in the melodramas.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Marvelous melodrama," laughed Silenus.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He was clever in melodrama too, but too broad—too broad.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • And I don’t have any of the fine melodrama of fiction: the dictagraphs and speeches by torchlight.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Jude found himself speaking out loud, holding conversations with them as it were, like an actor in a melodrama who apostrophizes the audience on the other side of the footlights; till he suddenly ceased with a start at his absurdity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I did not like decorum or rectitude in a classroom; I preferred a highly oxygenated atmosphere, a climate of intemperance, rhetoric, and feverish melodrama.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • There was a moment of gorgeous abandon, a flash of melodrama such as he found in traffic-driving, when he laid out a clean collar, discovered that it was frayed in front, and tore it up with a magnificent yeeeeeing sound.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She was an innocent four-year-old caught amid the cruel realities of a strange, clouded marriage that somehow I still did not quite understand how became a melodrama, a sideshow in the unfathomable course of worldwide political events.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • …and not being able to elicit the facts he needed, he left his frogs and rabbits to some repose under their trying and mysterious dispensation of unexplained shocks, and went to finish his evening at the theatre of the Porte Saint Martin, where there was a melodrama which he had already seen several times; attracted, not by the ingenious work of the collaborating authors, but by an actress whose part it was to stab her lover, mistaking him for the evil-designing duke of the piece.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But Rufo is as full of dire forebodings as a cheap melodrama.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Too many melodramas all turned up to max.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Who wants these melodramas?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • When war began I followed the news as melodrama.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • In other words the tragedy ought to have been a comedy, or perhaps a melodrama.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • Forgive the melodrama, but there really is no other way to show what the naked eye cannot see.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
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