'Fireworks and a number twenty-two' - Commentary.
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Commentary The stimulus for the creation of 'Fireworks and a number twenty-two' derived from columns and articles found in many women's magazines today. These features tell of various events the writers have experienced and convey the accounts in a very 'earthy', 'honest' and 'raw' way. This allows the reader to connect with the writer through a commonality of an experience, which draws the audience more into the article. The model text that inspired my article was the column, turned book, turned major blockbuster movie 'Bridget Jones' Diary'. 'Fireworks and a number thirty-two' is a magazine column written to entertain a female audience, suitable to feature in magazines such as 'Red', 'Cosmopolitan' and 'Company'. These magazines attract a female audience, aged between twenty and thirty-five, who take an interest in fashion, beauty and modern lifestyles. In addition, females are commonly known for their fascination with gossip, and magazines such as 'Company' provide an abundance of scandal and gossip stories for women to feast on. Magazines such as those mentioned frequently offer a commonality of experience for their audience; problem pages and real-life stories all provide an insight into the life of a 'conventional' workingwoman.
This particular extract relies upon the audiences' ability to identify the true meaning of the phrase 'the green mile', and apply it to the situation in the article. The phrase 'the green mile' typically has connotations with jail The effect of employing such techniques is firstly, that the unusual positioning of such a phrase is incongruous within the context, and thus it has a comedic value. Secondly, the mental exercise of successfully decoding and interpreting the phase within the context of the story, results in audience gratification; the 'tongue in cheek' concept of "look how clever we are". In the opening sentence I used rhetoric and addressed the reader as 'you'; techniques to attract my audience and address them personally and directly. In order to create an enjoyable, hopefully humorous read for the audience, I used a mixture of formal, colloquial and taboo language. Lexis and phrases such as 'ugly mug', 'fan-bloody-tastic' and 'y'know' are examples of colloquial and slang vocabulary. The use of words such as these emit a familiar ambience to the reader; the article 'talks their language'.
Before I exploded! I rescued the Marlborough packet from the evil grasp of handbag number 89; y'know, the one I bought in the 'House Of Fraser' January sale to go with those shoes that I can only wear for five minutes because after that they hurt so much, I can't even get to bar without falling over.' The use of dramatic, action lexis such as 'wrestled', 'exploded' and 'fought' further emphasise my character's stressful lifestyle and create suspense as to how her problems will be resolved. There are a variety of lexical fields used within my feature, some of which include religion, modern technology, celebrity and brands. The use of introducing and mixing religious terminology with celebrity names is unexpected within the context of this article for example: 'I heard the angel's chorus commence as I looked towards the end of the road; a bus bearing angel wings and a halo, flew around the corner and descended into my stop.' This incongruity of using phrases such as those above, give the column its comedic effect; because the word or phrased is used in an unpredicted context it becomes humorous.
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