Riverdale: Literature and Media Connections

Part two of our Riverdale series is all about what Pop DNA does best: connections with literature and media!

We look at the many film and tv references made on Riverdale and the media its drawn inspiration from, like campy teen horror movies such as Friday the 13th , and stylized noir TV series like Twin Peaks. We also discuss the literary references made on the show from Truman Capote to Jane Eyre.

Related Television

  • Teen Noir
    • Veronica Mars
    • Twin Peaks
  • Soapy Teen Dramas
    • Gossip Girl
    • Pretty Little Liars
    • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Classic Teen Horror Movies

  • Friday The 13th
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Scream (Starring Skeet Ulrich who plays Jughead’s dad!)
  • Cabin In The Woods (Satire, but still!)
  • The Final Destination Series

Classic Psychological Teen Movies

  • Heathers
  • Carrie
  • Donnie Darko
  • …But I’m A Cheerleader

Other References Made

  • Hannibal
  • Chucky
  • Twilight Zone
  • Adams Family
  • Pleasantville
  • Shawshank Redemption (The prison in Riverdale is called Shankshaw…good one guys)

Related Literature

Classic Literature:

  •       The Yellow Wallpaper
  •       Jane Eyre
  •       Collected Works of Truman Capote
  • Nancy Drew
  • Hardy Boys .
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • Fun With Dick and Jane
  • Alice in Wonderland

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