Narrative Events• Audiences expect to see specific plot situations in a
• Audiences become familiar with the structure of the plot and anticipate events and situations that will occur in the overall narrative
Think of some examples?
Not only fictional events
Location report in a news broadcast
Action replay in a football match
In fictional texts specific genres have their own predictable narrative events
Police drama - confrontation with criminal
Soap opera - family argument
Can you think of other examples?
Audiences have a sense of satisfaction when these events occur, as they confirm its understanding of the genre and expectations what will happen
Newspaper and Magazines have a narrative formula
Broadsheet newspaper– Domestic events– World events– Editorials– Business and finance– Sport at the back including the back page
This genre convention is related to objects costumes and props associated with particular genres and to raise audience expectations
We understand the function and purpose
Iconography and period
Iconography can establish realism of another time. Cars, clothing etc
Heartbeat Ashes to AshesCSI
Clothing has a significant function
White coat with Stethoscope ?
Beer stained scruffy jacket ?
A further generic convention closely related to narrative events and can be genre and text specific. Think of the opening of CSI Miami. The Everglades is a feature of the opening credits.This prepares the audience for the following programme.