W10A Tv Drama - 1 - Genre Genre French word for type...

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Genre Genre : French word for “type” literature, film, TV, etc. Television genres and formats: A system or a consensus of differentiating among TV shows according to shared characteristics 1. Serials: drama, soap opera, crime/police series 2. Entertainment: situation comedy (sitcom), variety sketch shows 3. News
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Identifying a Genre The study of genre is based on the identification of the conventions and key features that distinguish one kind of text from another…. The study of genre allows theorists to link the conventions and norms found in a group of texts with all the expectations and understandings of audiences.” (p. 124) 1. Character types 2. Setting 3. Iconography 4. Narrative 5. Style Channels that are devoted to one genre: SyFy Channel, CNN, Cartoon Network, History Channel, Comedy Central, etc.
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Why genre? 1. Do genre forms arise naturally from the texts themselves? 2. Are they useful categories for the producers ?
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