'Fireworks and a number twenty-two' - Commentary.

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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 is a method I decided to adopt in order for my audience to relate to my character by exploring the commonality of experiences, which provides the audience with a comical reassurance of their everyday lifestyle. An example of this can be seen in my article;

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‘I rushed through the ever-growing crowd of people, who incidentally all seemed to be heading in the totally opposite direction to me, in a bid to catch my bus.’

Theories indicate that audiences’ posses the need for reinforcement of self-understanding and indulgence, thus they find comfort in the media and compare their own lives to those portrayed in pieces such as this.

 I felt my article ‘Fireworks and a number twenty-two’ had to stretch the boundaries of conventional real-life stories and place a great deal of trust within the audience. A large proportion of the feature relies on audience ...

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