from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drama, such as a play, film, or television program, characterized by exaggerated emotions, stereotypical characters, and interpersonal conflicts.
- n. The dramatic genre characterized by this treatment.
- n. Behavior or occurrences having melodramatic characteristics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. (uncountable) A kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes.
- n. A drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
- n. Any situation or action which is blown out of proportion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Formerly, a kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes. Now, a drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, a dramatic composition in which music is used, or an opera in the broad sense.
- n. A drama with incidental music, or an operetta with more or less spoken dialogue; a piece in which speech and song (or instrumental music) alternate. Also melodram.
- n. A form of the drama characterized by compositions in which the music is of but moderate importance or value, and the plot and scenes are of a decidedly romantic and sensational nature.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization
Inevitably, his materials are those of what we call melodrama; he is at one, in the bare substance of his tales, with the manufacturers of the baldest shockers.
Standard Douglas Sirk-directed melodrama is an mildly entertaining showcase for Lucille Ball, looking fabulous.
The melodrama is also hobbled with being too episodic and old fashioned, but Frank Borzage directs smoothly and Pickford gets one fantastic scene when her ranch home gets attacked by vicious rustlers.
He managed to find the comedy in melodrama without undermining suspense or lapsing into self-referential cynicism.
Do you think melodrama is another genre or is it a lesser genre?
I picked it up out of mild curiosity, and read the whole thing in fits of laughter … I am one of those people to whom melodrama is extremely funny, and the bepurpled struggles of Meggie and Father Ralph, and the wilds of Australia … oh, the humanity!
It will flash things like COMEDY and then show you these people and then therell be MELODRAMA, in fact melodrama is considered good, so its actually called that, melodrama, and then there will be these people weeping.
Fireworks in the background are no substitute for an external arc, and occasional melodrama is no substitute for an internal arc.
This type of melodrama is killing the our political process.
Strained humor gives way to maudlin melodrama ....
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