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    Coupland was born to Dr. Douglas Charles Thomas and C. Janet Coupland on a Canadian NATO air-force base in Baden Söllingen Germany. Douglas was the third child in his family; the rest of his siblings were all male. His family moved back to Canada four years later, where he was raised and still lives.

    Trained as a sculptor, he worked in
    Europe and Japan before returning to his hometown, where he began to write on youth and popular culture for local magazines. This led him to the subject of his breakthrough novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (1991), which was critically praised for capturing the zeitgeist of his peer group, for whom its title provided a convenient label. Although society later guestimated “generation x", the generation, as being born up to and including the early 1970s, Douglas' range was close enough to approximate the label. Without knowing it, he had literally provided one of the names for his whole generation.

    His next novel, Shampoo Planet, had a more conventional structure than its predecessor but many similarities, including a detailed eye for the mores and minutiae of the lives of its young protagonists, including
    video games, hippie parents and an obsession with grooming products. Microserfs (1995) is centred on high-tech life in (A major port of entry and the largest city in Washington; located in west central Washington on the protected waters of Puget Sound with the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Ranier visible to the south and east; an aerospace and computer c) Seattle, (A state in northwestern United States on the Pacific) Washington, and (A university town in California) Palo Alto. California, contrasting the corporate culture of Microsoft with pre-dot-com bubble start-up companies.

    “Girlfriend in a Coma” (with a title from, and many knowing nods within the text to, (Click link for more info and facts about The Smiths)
    The Smiths) showed a willingness to tackle broader themes and featured some of his most mature writing — poet and critic Tom Paulin described his use of language as "fresh, like wet paint". Like the earlier novels, however, it was criticised as poorly structured. While his books are rich in humour, observation and carefully drawn vignettes, Coupland's critics noted a tendency for the plot development to be lost amongst these. The apocalyptic ending of Girlfriend..., which seems forced and out of step with the remainder, is often held up as a case in point. In this context, Miss Wyoming is possibly his most rounded and satisfying novel.

    Sofia Coppola’s company acquired the film rights to Generation X in 2001, although, like many novels, this does not necessarily guarantee one will be made. In fact, the one-year option on the property has long expired, leaving this and many other Coupland film projects in limbo. As of 2005, many of the film projects are still awaiting crystalization. Coupland mentioned in a 2005 interview with (Click link for more info and facts about The Advocate)
    The Advocate that the adaptation of his All Families Are Psychotic by (Click link for more info and facts about Dreamworks Pictures) Dreamworks Pictures appears to have the most chance of becoming a film. In the same interview he also (Click link for more info and facts about came out) came out as gay to the general public



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