Popular Events In Popco, By Scarlett Thomas

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PopCo, by Scarlett Thomas, was written in 2004 in England. Published by Harcourt, Inc. PopCo is a novel which leaves a reader with puzzles to solve after reading and a thirst for knowledge. This fictional novel covers a wide range of subjects spanning from World War II to buried treasure. This novel has the power to influence young minds with its clever use of bouncing around from one subject to the next; this novel truly makes a reader think. There are many clear influences on the author which would have dramatically shaped the plots and subplots of this novel. The author of this novel, Scarlett Thomas, has also had a life that could have shaped the plots of this novel; it is speculated that the protagonist of the story is loosely based on …show more content…
There are many events that happened from 1990 to 2004 that could have strongly influenced or inspired the plot and events in the novel. Certain popular events in this time period that would have influenced the author could be the increasing use of technology, an interest in spies and coding due to the aftermath and exposure of war, and the culture of gluttonous business owners in England. Thomas’s ‘Popco’ shows that the author had a point that she wanted to be clear; people in business should stick-it-to-the-man. This was a very popular concept from 1990 to 2005 and that is a large influence on the plot and the …show more content…
At this toy conference she is also chosen to be part of a group named NoCo which believes that PopCo is just a huge marketing scam whom attempts to control young children into buying things they don’t need. Alice is a very smart woman, she starts getting messages in code from someone who had clearly been watching her. Alice must decipher these messages to lead her to a secret that could possibly change the world. PopCo has received many reviews with an overall mixed consensus about the book, however a select few reviews found the novel interesting and quite a read for the adolescent mind. “...Thomas cannot decide whether she is writing a boarding-school adventure or a dystopic tale of global corporations.”(Montgomery, The Guardian). Montgomery has a point to saying this about Thomas’ train of thought. Thomas often jumps quickly from topic to topic; on one page she talks about games and then quickly jumps without notice to a completely different

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