Posted on July 24, 2023 at 8:03 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Rewatching (or sometimes simply watching) movies that were huge hits when I was just a little kid was a great source of entertainment during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

There was the comfort and nostalgia — and then there was the chuckling at the outdated fashion, slang, and technology.

At the same time, so many plots depend on the exact technology depicted in them.

Paula Cocozza notes, in her musings on the rise of smartphones in fiction, that thrillers and adultery novels potentially had a lot to lose as we gained the ability to communicate from anywhere there was a cell signal.

Several contemporary authors, though, have been more than happy to work with the technology rather than deliberately set their works in years before it.

Head to the Guardian to ponder how smartphones have worked their way into fiction, without as much disruption as they bring to real life.

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