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Definition a film or other drama with exaggerated emotions and interpersonal conflict as good battles evil


behavior with exaggerated emotions and interpersonal conflict
  • a mesmerizing melodrama of forbidden love
  • 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
  • melodrama = exaggerated emotions
  • It's no credit to me or Aunt Loma that we were enjoying our roles in this melodrama.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • But how can I when she won't say she's sorry, or even admit her role in this melodrama?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • I'm tired of this melodrama, I'm tired of keeping silent.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • I remember Grandma Kato as thin and tough, not given to melodrama or overstatement of any kind.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Enough with this melodrama.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • 7, and that wasn't exactly the stuff of which high melodrama was made.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • When war began I followed the news as melodrama.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • 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
  • 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
  • (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
  • 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
  • The heavy melodrama of some of the scenes was unhackneyed to them: they bent eagerly to the apple-shooting scene, and the escape by boat.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • And what he says next isn't self-pity or angst or melodrama.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Once the Officer cures the melodrama accompanying the injury, they find that all Lon has is a slightly twisted ankle.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • But Rufo is as full of dire forebodings as a cheap melodrama.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Maggie always departed with raised spirits from the showing places of the melodrama.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • It is melodrama; but I can't help it.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Their words were not mawkish melodrama; they meant what they said.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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