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Narrative and Genre

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Narrative and Genre

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Narrative Events• Audiences expect to see specific plot situations in a

particular genre

• Audiences become familiar with the structure of the plot and anticipate events and situations that will occur in the overall narrative

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Think of some examples?

Not only fictional events

Location report in a news broadcast

Action replay in a football match

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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?

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Audiences have a sense of satisfaction when these events occur, as they confirm its understanding of the genre and expectations what will happen

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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

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This genre convention is related to objects costumes and props associated with particular genres and to raise audience expectations

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We understand the function and purpose

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Iconography and period

Iconography can establish realism of another time. Cars, clothing etc

Heartbeat Ashes to AshesCSI

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Clothing has a significant function

White coat with Stethoscope ?

Beer stained scruffy jacket ?

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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.

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Technical Codes

How a text is filmed/edited and constructed, whether it be moving image or print communicates information to audiences regarding the genre.– Layout– Design

– Editing

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Camera ShotsTense thrillerclose up shot to emphasize tension

POV shots

encourage user to play as themselves

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Audio Codes

Sound effects

• Action films - explosions

• Hospital drama - heart monitors

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Audio Codes


• Documentary - voice over

• Situation comedy - canned laughter

• Romantic film - mood music

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Audio Codes

Diegetic sound

Dialogue in movies gives us an indication to the genre.

In hospital drama the use of technical language become familiar.

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Audio Codes


Through repetition music can be an indicator of genre. Think



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