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potboiler

Informal a literary or artistic work of little merit produced quickly in order to make money
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After the success of Dangerous Lady (1995) and The Jump (1998) you'd have thought producers would have been falling over themselves to film her gritty, underworld pot-boilers.
Ah yes, all those thousands of years ago when a young Barbara Cartland was no doubt churning out her first pot-boilers on lovingly-crafted pink-dyed papyrus.
He challenges the received wisdom that Millais squandered the superb natural gifts so evident in his early work and that, after his wedding to Effie Ruskin, he adopted a freer, looser style simply so that he could churn out pot-boilers to pay for his ambitious wife, growing family and country-gentleman lifestyle.
JEFFREY Archer has been acting as if his prison sentence is just another badly- written chapter in one of his pot-boilers - not to be taken seriously.
Astonishingly, it is Steel, author of such globe-trotting pot-boilers as "The Ring" and "Heartbeat," who forced Cramer to go legit.
Yet, if this is over-ingenious, the argument that James negates or reverses the plot of the prior-text, Jane Eyre, in order to prohibit female writers brings together some interesting issues about James as a writer of ghostly pot-boilers in an economically competitive, feminine writing climate and it supports Lustig's central thesis that James is in a variably collaborative and competitive relation with his centres of consciousness.