Creepiness by Adam Kotsko, Zero Books
Adam Kotsko is the author of Creepiness, a new book that examines the recent rise in creepy characters in movies and TV. From creepy neighbors like Steve Urkel to creepy couples like Frank and Claire Underwood to the creepiness that pervades familiar character tropes like the awkward male, Adam tries to understand exactly what makes something creepy and why we love watching creeps.
Creepiness is the third installment in what Adam calls a “trinity of social dysfunction,” a trilogy that began with his books Awkwardness and Why We Love Sociopaths. While awkwardness and sociopathy definitely make appearances in Adam’s analysis of creepiness, what sets creepiness apart is how fundamental it is to all of us. As Adam says: “There really is creepiness underlying everything. It’s part of human nature. We’re creepy.”
Adam says Burger King’s “Creepy King” character exemplifies many of the fundamental qualities of creepiness.
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