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Tarantino's second movie is 1994's Pulp Fiction. It stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman. The movie title is a reference to the early 20th century book genre "pulp fiction" known for its cheap, pulpy paper pages and underworld topics such as: gangsters, violence, drugs, and overtly sexual (for the time) situations. Probably the most famous writers from this genre were Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

What is "Real" Pulp Fiction?

The term "pulp fiction" refers to a literary genre used to describe magazines printed on cheap "pulp" paper in the first half of the 20th century.

Before the days of TV, pulps were how young adults learned about popular culture and the criminal underworld. Stories were often grossly exaggerated and explicit for the times. It is this energy of the genre that Tarantino is trying to exhibit in the film Pulp Fiction, the same way he exhibits his love for the film genre grindhouse in the 2007 film of the same name (also shown separately as Death Proof).