Television Techniques

Every TV show uses certain writing techniques to draw people in.

Photo by: Kevin (cc)
Photo by: Kevin (cc)

Have you ever watched a show before it went on hiatus? If so, it probably had a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation right before it faded to black. This is called a cliff hanger. It ensures that the audience will come back wanting to know how the issue is resolved. Almost every single TV show does this now. And usually this excites people, having them count the days till their favorite TV show returns. But what if your TV show is cancelled? This cliff hanger  ends up creating a very interesting story line that is untold. The fans are upset since there was no closure, having them turn to fan fiction, not ready to let go.

Some TV shows have a staple cinematic element, for example, One Tree Hill has the last line said in a scene tie into the next line in a scene. Whether it is continuing the dialogue but with different characters or saying the exact same line in a different context, this line ties all the scenes together. Other shows may have people questioning something, or trying to figure out who is involved in something and the very next scene shows that person. This hints to the audience who is behind it while still leaving the other characters in the dark.

Photo by: Nick Kenrick
Photo by: Nick Kenrick

This leads into the classic foreshadowing, which has the audience anticipate what is to come next. They may even be so subtle that people don’t catch it until much later. One of my favorite examples that I didn’t catch was in One Tree Hill when a character, upset about something entirely different, comments to her friend, who made a snarky comment, “Would the bride like to wear red today?” This was an empty threat, but later that episode her friend actually wore red. She collapsed on the floor with blood surrounding her. This wasn’t the obvious “in your face” foreshadowing, it was cleverly done, having no one pay attention to it.

Every TV show uses many literary techniques to make their show have more meaning. They all want to add some element to their show that makes them stand out or more appealing to people. I think that is what makes Television so unique, it can take two elements and add it together. The character growth and the literary side of books and the acting and cinematic effect of movies. To come up with the perfect combination.

-Forever Putting My Thoughts On Paper

Impactful Art

4184077716_4217a29a08_oI listened to a radio conversation the other day called The Art of Noticing and Then Creating by Seth Godin. At first I didn’t want to, I didn’t want to waste my time listening to something that could possibly make me think on a deeper level. But when listening I realized that this was the exact thing I needed to hear. Continue reading

The Community Enriches

How can being part of a community affect you ?

I have learned from reading essays, Walking the Path between Worlds and Health and Happiness, and the book The Scarlet Letter, that being or feeling a part of a community can have a huge positive impact. All show the importance of a community for an individual and how it can impact your physical and mental well-being.15466225846_126fb15846_o

If you aren’t in a community then you don’t have someone to talk to or go through life with. They will always have this void in them which will start to negatively impact them. Being told every day, either by yourself or someone else, that you don’t belong can get to you.  In The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale and Hester were not a part of the town either physically or mentally. Hester was shunned and isolated while Dimmesdale was alone in his despair, therefore cut-off from society. Continue reading

Navigating Vulnerability

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Last week in my English class we peer reviewed our descriptive essay. At the very end of our discussion we mentioned how we all need to be more vulnerable. To not just give the flat dreary details everyone has heard before. But to be personal and truthful about the topic we are discussing.

A lot of our descriptions and even narrative essays we have written in the past are on very personal things. This makes it hard to open up and share those details to someone else. A person in our group wrote about how her grandma died and she didn’t know how much to add without making it too personal and emotional. This was a very upsetting experience and she didn’t know if people would understand. Continue reading

The Never Ending Evolution of Writing

ODC – Your Personality 112 Pictures in 2012 #40 – Something beginning with “T” Texture courtesy of Kirstin Frank

Writing has an evolution, one that is never ending.

You start out with an inferior infant, a zero draft, move onto the young optimistic child, the first draft, hit the frustrating teen years, the second draft, push through the hardships of the young adults, reach the road block middle aged years, drag into the wise seniors and finally come to a resting place, accepting the state of completion, when you are finally done and ready to turn it in.

According to my English class, you can’t be satisfied with what you originally wrote, that is wrong. You need to always be improving. To get input from other students, get examples from other essays and expertise advice from teachers. Continue reading

The Rhetorical Triangle: One Tree Hill

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My favorite TV show is One Tree Hill. This is a show set in North Carolina surrounding a rivalry of two brothers, their family and friends. I thought it would be interesting if I applied what I learned in AP English to the show. I just learned about the rhetorical triangle this year. It is made up of the audience, speaker, and purpose surrounded by context.

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