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Analysis of “Sam’s guide to driving boys wild”

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Introduction

Analysis of "Sam's guide to driving boys wild" The article is a two-page spread from a teenage girls magazine. At first glance the readers eye is drawn to the biggest picture, round to a smaller picture and up to the headline. I think that this is done intentionally so that at first glance the reader can identify whom the article is about from the photograph (because she is a celebrity tailored to the same general audience as the magazine the target audience should recognise her). The headline then draws the reader in, in 2 ways. One is by shortening Samantha Mumba's name to 'Sam'. It connotes a feeling of familiarity and friendship and gives the reader the impression that this article is connected closely with her and that if they read this article that they will have that with Samantha, someone they look up to. The second way it draws the reader in is by telling us the content of the article (it's purpose) in such a way that the reader feels that the article contains a secret about how to drive "boys wild" and if they don't read it they will never know. The small photograph next to the headline mirrors the word "wild" because a speech-bubble is next to her mouth and reads "Grrr!" ...read more.

Middle

The car is a very expensive looking sports car and is the same in all the pictures. The background (which is normally out of focus) looks like a Hollywood Boulevard with palm trees identifiable in the background of the middle picture. The car and surroundings build up a glamorous atmosphere that reflects onto Sam. The biggest of the pictures is a medium shot (showing her head and shoulders) of Sam. The shot is taken from behind her as she is sat in the back seat of the car and she has her head turned towards the camera although we cannot see all of her face. Being sat in the back seat helps the photograph in several ways. First it makes the car look much more spacious and second it means Sam can lean back and look 'cool'. The photograph is in colour and connotes a very glamorous atmosphere. The background of the photograph is slightly out of focus and I think that this is intentional because it is not as important as the subject of the photo, Sam and the car. The photograph is taken at her eye level, I think because the photographer wants the reader to have a sense of equality with Sam. ...read more.

Conclusion

The theme is how to attract and flirt with boys. This article makes certain assumptions about it's audience and has it's own values. The article seems to value flirting as a means of attracting boys. It sends out the message to the reader that you should go out and flirt if you want to attract them and if you don't then you're not normal. It also seems to value materialistic things such as the expensive car and fashionable clothes Sam is wearing. It also assumes that they want to read flirting tips and aspire to be like Samantha Mumba. The article seems to connote that if you read the article you can be like Samantha Mumba, sexy, famous and glamorous. The audience is teenage girls aged 11 to 15. There are many ways to tell this such as the simple fashionable language used, the values of the article and the topic - boys. The magazine prays on their need to fit in and so assumes certain things about them and if it isn't true it is the reader in the wrong and who isn't normal. The layout, colour scheme, photographs and language are all made to appeal directly to this target audience and the main themes are what the writers believe the 'ordinary' stereotypical reader wants read and these are all made to represent that stereotypical image. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alicia McCray ...read more.

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