pulp fiction

fiction dealing with lurid or sensational subjects, often printed on rough, low-quality paper manufactured from wood pulp.

1950–55, Americanism

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Main Entry:  pulp fiction
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  sensationalized, poor-quality writing
Etymology:  from its being printed on rough pulpy paper
Usage:  informal
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All he could find were trendy magazines and junky pulp fiction.
The metronomic clatter of flat-bed presses spewing out printed forms is the
  heartbeat of magazine publishing and pulp fiction.
He believes his books simply fill the gap between high-brow literature and pulp
And this pulp fiction enjoys fanatical cult followings.
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