• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Essay to examine the narrative structures of two broadcast fiction texts.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Essay to examine the narrative structures of two broadcast fiction texts To complete this essay I will use the content from within the American comedy Friends and the English mocu-mentary The Office. To start the storylines of friends are usual utopian and are always set in a very calm equilibrium at the start and the end of the show/series. It uses very basic narrative structure with equilibrium ---> disequilibrium---->new equilibrium, and uses this during most of the series. It does this so that it can appeal to a large mass audience to create a profit from the highly expensive studio sets. On the other hand the office does not need to do this, as it was cheap to make as it was created on location, and because of this uses a vastly different narrative structure. It uses a realistic storyline were nothings perfect, and it shows the negatives about life not just the positives, and as it is shot as a documentary it adds to the realism of the program creating more interest from other audiences (such as female). ...read more.

Middle

Something that's seems to be extremely different between the two narrative structures is how it deals with ethnic issues, with Friends mainly orientated around the white population, and to a complete contrast we have The Office touching on the issues a few times each episode whether it is to do with a ethnic character or one of David Brent's attempted jokes. The genre of both programs is mainly comedy base, but are also hybrids. The Office is a mixture of comedy, soap and 'reality TV' which is a good mix as these genres have been extremely successful with this institution in creating a mass audience, and also this mix has been proved successful before with such programs as 'Alan Partridge'. What's also appealing to audiences are the institutions of the programs, with Friends being made by Warner Bros and The Office being created by the BBC, which would appeal to the British population. What's different about the institutions is how they what there programs to be filmed, for example with The Office they've gone for the realistic effect so they have used cheap film and hand held cameras. ...read more.

Conclusion

What I mean by this is that Friends ideology of life is based around the American dream/culture of were if you work hard you can get what ever you want and that work is not as important to life as your social life. The Office takes a different view to life and probably a more realistic view of that your social life is dependent on your work, and that work is the key to success in your life. In conclusion Friends is more effective in its use of narrative structure as it appeals to a much larger mass audience and has been able to do so for over a decade, as it is able to relate to a female and male audience of all ages. However it may not be as appealing as it does not have that realistic view to it and could be seen almost as being to fictional. What seems to be lacked in The Office is its shortness of emotion for a female audience, and for the gender to relate to the characters which is key to success in any program. Daniel Nixey 12s ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. In this essay, I will analyse how the producers of 'Shrek' have constructed the ...

    After a few startling shots of horrified faces along with money grabbing carefree grins, the camera pans onto a humble Donkey, pleading with his owner. This creates dramatic irony as the audience have heard Donkey speak and so by him refusing to speak for the soldiers, they are angry and accuse the owner of lying.

  2. Film Studies The Studio System

    Before a film reaches the cinema screen, and its audience it must go through a three stage process. Firstly and most obviously it has to be produced, following this it must then be distributed, and finally exhibited. Before the introduction of the studio system in the 1920s all of these processes were controlled separately.

  1. “All My Sons”: Examine the Dramatic Power of Act 3.

    However just when the audience think something important is about to be revealed, the tension suddenly deflates and often happens by when another character enters to divert the subject under debate. Before Act 3 this is a fairly consistent occurrence.

  2. Form and Structure of 'Two'

    "Because seven years ago tonight out son died..." This is structured so it shocks the audience as it is much unexpected. As the audience doesn't find this out throughout the play they are trying to guess and figure out what secrets they are both hiding. This builds up tension and suspense keeping the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the play.

  1. identifying codes and conventions of two different documentaries

    The last few shots are very effective. They show the parents looking through the windows into the house, at the mayhem their children had caused. There is a close up shot of the shock on their faces, before the final scene fades to black.

  2. From dusk till dawn

    The audience is reassured that Ritchie's motives are cruel. The thunder along with the shadow represents a sinister side to Ritchie's personality and his instability also confirms that he is planning something unpleasant. The non-diegetic music and intent stares only occur when Seth is out of the room or not looking at his brother.

  1. Discuss the Use of Different Genres in 'Thelma and Louise' and 'Pulp Fiction'

    they don't want to commit (Harlan's abusive language forced Louise to shoot him-action code). They believe that if they did surrender to the police, they would not get the justice they wanted because, men have more power than women. In the end of the film, the main characters got want they always wanted freedom.

  2. Discuss the conventions of science fiction films with reference to Armageddon and Independence Day.

    The ending is emotional. Characters- Hero- In all films there are certain characteristics of a hero they are brave, powerful, a leader, willing to sacrifice their own lives to save others, they are resourceful, they are quick thinking, and they seek justice.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work