Vous êtes sur la page 1sur 8

Introduction: Throughout the history of televisions and their invention in the 1920s, television shows have always impacted

audiences. Each shows are genre specific, such as horror, drama, comedy, children, cartoons and much more. They all have a central focus, theme and different characteristics that make them unique from one another. One of the more popular, developing TV genres is the drama section. The main story lines that mainly fall under this category starts off with a missing persons case, death, murder, teenage gossip, and a darker looking series because they can all relate to one another. The main focus of this research paper is to explore the young television drama series, and their impacts on how the young, specifically young girls view themselves and the characters on television in their own lives. The television show that this will be based off of is ABC Familys Pretty Little Liars, written by I. Marlene King and Sara Shepard. Pretty Little Liars is a television series that specifically targets the 14-20 year old age group viewers. This television show starts off with five young freshman teenage girls: Aria, Hanna, Alison, Spencer and Emily who attend a sleepover together after not seeing each other for the whole summer. One of the girls, Alison mysteriously disappears during the night and the girls are trying to figure out what couldve happened. Throughout the series, the four remaining girls start receiving text messages from an anonymous blocked ID number. The texter, also known to as A keeps threatening the girls in malicious ways and keeps telling them if they do not obey orders that he/she gives, they will reveal all of their dirty secrets that they supposedly know about. This scares the girls into thinking its their missing friend, but they cannot tell anyone other then each other that they are being threatened.
Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:57 AM Comment [3]: !"#$0%0#'$.($)+*$(+1#13$ ,%(#&$+)$*".($*<$("+>2$;*$-%)$.)-14&#$ .)6+'5%*.+)$*+$,%-?$40$*"#$*+0.-(7$,4*$ #<#'3*".)=$&+#($)+*$)##&$*+$'#1%*#$,%-?$*+$ *"#$*#1#<.(.+)$("+>2$ Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:55 AM Comment [1]: !"#$"#%&#'($)##&$*+$,#$ -+)-.(#$%)&$#/01%.)$*"#$*+0.-2$$!"#3$("+41&$ ,#$%$5.).$.)*'+&4-*.+)$*+$*"#$(#-*.+)$+6$*"#$ 0%0#'7$%)&$)+*$84(*$%$9*.*1#:$ Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:47 AM Comment [2]: ;)-14&#$%$*.*1#2$!"#$0%0#'$ )##&($*+$"%<#$%$*.*1#$*+$.)*'+&4-#$*"#$*+0.-$ ,#6+'#$*"#$'#%&#'$(*%'*($'#%&.)=$*"#$0%0#'2$

Literacy Review: Throughout conducting research, Ive come across terms and definitions that can clarify the differences in terms, and make the research flow better. The terms were all found through literary backed databases, with credible sources and they accurately define these specific terms. These terms are all collected from all of my bibliography sources and they all relate to one another in some type of way. Rosewood Confidential: The Unofficial Companion to Pretty Little Liars This is a book that was written by Liv Spencer about the television series, Pretty Little Liars written in book form by Sara Shepard and the television adaptation written by I. Marlene King, the screenwriter and director. This book goes into great details about how the television show relates to the book series. It also has the first two seasons of the television show, breaking down each episode in a very detailed synopsis. This is helpful for this research paper because it can pinpoint the attitudes and behaviors that the four girls portray and how it is shown on the television screen. This is helpful because it can narrow down how these girls are being shown on television, and how it affects young girls, and the way they think and feel about themselves. If the television series shows that girls must look a certain way, talk a certain and act a certain way, its going to Terms: Television Series: A television series is a show that appears on television that has generally the same group of characters, actors, settings, plot that have reoccurring roles in the series itself. A series, in particular are episodes, happenings, or anything that occur in a certain order, in a timely fashion or chronological order to make sense, and not scrambled and confusing but be flowing.

Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:49 AM Comment [4]: @&&$*"#$-.*%*.+)($.)(.&#$+6$ *"#$0%0#'$6+'$*"#$1.*$'#<.#>$>"#'#$3+4$6+4)&$ *"#$.)6+'5%*.+)2$$!"#$(+4'-#($>"#'#$*"#$ .)6+'5%*.+)$>%($6+4)&$("+41&$,#$.)$*"#$ 0%0#'7$6+'$-+)(.(*#)-3$%)&$-.*.)=2$

Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:40 AM Comment [5]: !.#$%11$+6$*"#$*#'5($*+$%$ (+4'-#7$%)&$5%?#$(4'#$*"#3$%11$)##&$*+$,#$.)$ *"#$0%0#'2$!%?#$+4*$%)3$*"%*$"%<#$)+*".)=$*+$ &+$>.*"$*".($0%0#'2$

Young Television Drama: A young television drama is a television series that is heavily involved in showing the teenage-targeted area how they appear, or seem to appear and put it on television. These dramas are mainly focused on mystery, crime, death, or any type of dark themed areas. Networking Knowledge Patrick Bingham is an author of an article written about Pretty Little Liars, which was found in a database from another university. In his article, he goes into details about the mystery and drama of the tv show. This article digs deeper into some issues that may be going on in teen dramas that are televised today. He writes a whole paper about the show, as well as how the terms drama and mystery come into play in particular for the tv show. All of the headers for each section tell what it will be about, and how Alison DiLaurentis mysterious disappearance shows the elements of drama and mystery to a young audience. He proves how it fits into the category, but he also goes into detail about how it doesnt really fit into the mold that it should, but it fits into the Hollywood mold. Crime: The young teenage television series that have a focus on crime are those that has a teenage suspect as the main character trying to figure out the clues to the crime, who actually committed the crime. It goes into the full details of the crime, but leads on different suspects without giving it away, mainly until the end of the series. Mystery: The mystery dramas have a focus on a missing teenager in a town, and give clues as to what may have happened, and the series goes into major details about how they went missing, if they are alive in the end. The focus is mainly on teenagers, opposed to other adult dramas.

Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:50 AM Comment [6]: A/01%.)$>"3$*"#$3+4)=$ *#1#<.(.+)$&'%5%$.($(+$(4,(*%)*.%1$%)&$ .50+'*%)*$6+'$*".($0%0#'2$!".($.($*"#$,41?$+6$ >"#'#$*"#$0%0#'$.($-+5.)=$6'+57$%)&$.*$ )##&($5+'#$&#*%.1(2$$

Synopsis: A synopsis is a generalized, perhaps detailed summary of an episode in a television series. It goes into a play by play of what happens in every scene; who does what, and when to give the audience, or reader an understanding of how the episode played out without watching it for themselves. It mainly serves as a go to when people dont watch an episode, and they would like to catch up to see what they missed, or a refresher as to what happened so they dont have to rewatch the whole episode to figured out what happens at a particular scene. Pretty Little Liars: Pretty Little Liars, a television show on ABC Family that is my main focus of reference throughout the whole review, and assignment. This series is a teenage drama, mystery, crime show all mixed into one. A 16 year old girl goes missing, and her four friends b band together to figure out what happened, as they are getting threatening text messages from an anonymous person. This whole series, I will be mainly showing this TV show and their depiction of young girls today, as they may appear on the television screen. Do you fit the Alloy Mold? This article was found through searching Google Scholar, and in the Virginia Commonwealth University scholarly databases. The main focus of this article is to show how these dramatic, mysterious, yet appealing televisions shows for young adult audiences are all being put together in a similar way. They are following some of the same story lines, plots, and character types. Alloy is a company that produces and works with these TV shows, and the article is saying that these types of production companies want a similar audience, and will do that in any way that they can. I will use this article for a resource because it goes into different plots of shows similar to mine, and has some of the same storylines so I can relate it back to secrecy in the show, as well as television shows in general for the same audience group.

Depiction: A depiction is a representation of a person, area, basically anything to show or refer to, in explanations, viewings, readings. Depiction can have a positive or negative outcome. Positive: A positive depiction mainly shows how a person can be viewed in only a positive matter for whatever they may do. In the eyes of the director, they would like to show that this character has a halo sitting about their head and can never do any wrong. Negative: A negative depiction explores how people, actors, characters can be shown doing negative, unnecessary things. They are typically a over-exaggerated to a point where is looks ridiculous. Teenagers: Teenagers is the age groups ranging from 11-19. Pre-teenagers are the ages 11 to 12 which are the baby steps into the teenage time frame. The ages 13-19 are the actual teenage years. Teenagers range from middle to high school, and dip into college. For the television series I am focusing on, it has a dark depiction and is mainly intended for ages 15-19 or even older based on the taste and likeliness of the series. Body Image: Body image is the way someone looks at themselves in the mirror and life that causes people, especially women, to be extremely aware and cautious of the way they look in every aspect.

Entering the Conversation: So far, we have explored different topics, terms and ideas that all relate to each other, dealing with the topic of scripted television shows and their portrayals on the screen, as well as how they are affecting their audiences way of life; as told by the writers and directors of these shows. I would like to investigate and explore the different ways that these television shows

have affects on their audiences, both positive and negative. I feel that this is important to track down and find out what really is happening to these young girls and their ways of thinking through watching a show in during their time of leisure. Think about what television shows catch your interest. Do they have an affects on how you live your life, everyday in any aspects? Young girls rely on whatever shows are on television today to gather advice and look up to these women portraying characters on a show. Just recently, the popular teen clothing store Aeropostale has put out a clothing line that is strictly based off of the television show mention often in this paper, Pretty Little Liars. This is sending a message to its viewers that its okay to wear clothing that they do to school, when in fact it is not dresscode appropriate. The audiences are still in grade school, and have strict rules they must follow. The clothing store has made a financial deal with the company of the show to make profit but it needs to really think about the clothing its trying to upsell. The clothing in the show is very risqu for high schoolers to be wearing to school, and they havent considered that as they were only thinking about a business deal. With this being said, its sending a bad message to the audience that they can wear provocative clothing to school, and its okay for a 15 year old to be dressing to go out to a night club when they are only going to school. This brings me into another topic about body image being portrayed through young television dramas. Actresses need to look good for their jobs, and they have to portray a certain character and make it believeable that they have turned into this character quickly to film. Whoever the audience is, mainly young females for this genre, they look up to these actresses who have made their favorite characters come to life. Theses television shows also touch on topics that are common in the teenage world today like sex, drugs, alcohol and stealing. They are materializing these topics, and make it look acceptable for young
Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:53 AM Comment [8]: B+$.)*+$64'*"#'$&#*%.1$%,+4*$ "+>$*"#$("+>$>+'?(7$%)&$*"#3$>%3$*"#$=.'1($ '#%113$%-*7$C4(#$%$(+4'-#$%)&$-.*#$.*D$%)&$ -+''#1%*#$.*$,%-?$*+$*"#$>%3$=.'1($<.#>$ *"#5(#1<#($.)$1.6#2$ Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:52 AM Comment [7]: !".($0%0#'$.($)+*$(+1#13$ ,%(#&$+)$*"#$*<$("+>2$;*$-%)$*+4-"$,%(#$+)$ *"#$("+>7$,4*$.*$)##&($*+$,#$5+'#$%,+4*$*"#$ *+0.-7$>".-"$.($*"#$>%3$*"#$("+>$0+'*'%3($ ,+&3$.5%=#$%)&$*"+4="*($.)$3+4)=$=.'1(2$

girls to want to become this person that they adore on their television screens. Girls will cut their hair; starve themselves, and do anything just to obtain a look that their favorite person has achieved. It is something that is a more common phenomenon in our culture today, which leads young girls to change who they can potentially become, and turn into something they were never mean to be in the first place.

So What? Overall, the importance of researching knowledge and figuring out why young girls feel the need to look and act a certain way based on their favorite television characters needs to be addressed. This is starting to become a well know pre-issue with the way our society is starting to become. Girls should not want to be exactly like someone else; they should want to be their own unique person and television shows need to understand that they are portraying women in the wrong way. They need to target their audience and show them what a good role model is to be, and achieve that.

Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:54 AM Comment [9]: E+'#$.)6+'5%*.+)$%)&$ 1#)=*"$*+$*"#$-+)-14(.+)$*+$>'%0$#<#'3*".)=$ 402$!".($("+41&$,#$&.66#'#)*$*"%)$*"#$F+$ G"%*2$!"#$F+$G"%*$.($3+4'$+0.).+)2$ H+)-14(.+)$>'%0($40$*"#$>"+1#$0%0#'$ >.*"+4*$%)$+0.).+)2$$

Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:56 AM Comment [10]: ;)-'#%(#$*"#$1#)=*"$+6$*"#$ >"+1#$0%0#'2$;*$)##&($%$1+*$5+'#$ .)6+'5%*.+)$*+$,%-?$40$*"#$*+0.-7$%)&$5%?#$ (4'#$#<#'3*".)=$"%($%$'#1%*.+)$*+$+)#$ %)+*"#'2$$

Spencer, Liv. "Rosewood Confidential: The Unofficial Companion to Pretty Little Liars." Google Books. ECW Press, 15 June 2012. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Bingham, Patrick. "Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN." Pretty Little Liars: Teen Mystery or Revealing Drama? Networking Knowledge, 2013. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Murray, Thesis. "Do You Fit the Alloy Mold? The Homogenization of Structure and Audience in the Television Adaptations of 'Gossip Girl,' 'Pretty Little Liars,' and 'The Vampire Diaries'" Do You Fit the Alloy Mold? The Homogenization of Structure and Audience in the Television Adaptations of 'Gossip Girl,' 'Pretty Little Liars,' and 'The Vampire Diaries' VCU, 13 May 2013. Web. 24 Feb. 2014 Brozek, Melanie. "#PrettyLittleLiars: How Hashtags Drive The Social TV Phenomenon." Digitalcommons.salve.edu. Salve Regine University, 1 June 2013. Web. Bellafante, Ginia. "A Teenage Wasteland With an All-Seeing Eye." The New York Times. The New York Times, 07 June 2010. Web. 22 Feb. 2014.

Rebecca Baxter! 3/20/14 8:54 AM Comment [11]: G+'?($-.*#&$)##&($%11$ (+4'-#(7$%)&$.)$*"#$-+''#-*$6+'5%*2$E%?#$ (4'#$*+$4*.1.I#$*"#$(+4'-#($*"'+4="+4*$*"#$ GJKLA$M@MAN2$