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I can't find the right word for this

I'm looking for one or two words that describes the following genre of novels/films.

It's a story where a person is poor or in seemingly impossible circumstances climb their way out through hard work and dedication. It's called high achievement theme in a psychology book but I don't think that's the right word to describe this.

by Anonymousreply 1803/26/2013

Horatio Alger story.

by Anonymousreply 103/25/2013

OP – go get your money back for your higher education. You got some serious gaps, and you got cheated.

Shit, go tell your parents to get their taxes back for your lower education!

by Anonymousreply 203/25/2013

Rags-to-riches novel

by Anonymousreply 303/25/2013

Horatio Alger?

by Anonymousreply 403/25/2013


by Anonymousreply 503/25/2013

You don't mean "Bildungsroman," do you, OP? It has a somewhat different meaning, but perhaps this is the term you're thinking of.

by Anonymousreply 603/25/2013

It's called fiction. Pure fiction.

by Anonymousreply 703/25/2013

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps OP

by Anonymousreply 803/25/2013

Most of these stories are Adynatons.

by Anonymousreply 903/25/2013

The literature of overcoming adversity

OP, your child needs a Cabuliwallah story instead.

by Anonymousreply 1003/25/2013


by Anonymousreply 1103/25/2013

A Bildungsroman is a novel of development, and they can end disastrously just as easily as they can conclude happily. For example, Madama Bovary can be seen as a tragic Bildungsroman.

It sounds like OP is asking for a rags-to-riches model, which is probably best classified as a Horatio Alger story.

by Anonymousreply 1203/25/2013

[quote]It sounds like OP is asking for a rags-to-riches model, which is probably best classified as a Horatio Alger story.

Really, R12? Fascinating.

by Anonymousreply 1303/25/2013

I think it's called an Horatio Alger story, often written by junky bass players.

by Anonymousreply 1403/25/2013

"It sounds like OP is asking for a rags-to-riches model"

Mitt Romney.

by Anonymousreply 1503/25/2013

A Horatio Alger story, duh.

by Anonymousreply 1603/25/2013

The technical term is a "Joan Crawford Movie."

by Anonymousreply 1703/25/2013

Ditto Horatio Alger. Google is your friend.

by Anonymousreply 1803/26/2013
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