Teenage Film Essay

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Teenage films are a type of film made to attract an adolescent audience. The main ways that film makers try to attract teens to a teenage film are to create an unreal adolescent world, to make the teenager the hero, the adults stupid and incompetent and to use stereotypes that teens can relate to. By doing all this they can manipulate the teen audience and suck them in to the film, making it an affective one.

The typical teenage film starts of with the first idea, the unrealistic teenage world. The script writers might do this to make the storyline more believable, e.g. in She's the Man they make the characters seem more unaware then normal people so that the viewers believe that the characters don't notice that the guy is a girl. Another reason why the script writers might do this is to make the film more fun to watch. People like to watch others doing something we would like to do, or to be in a situation we've been in before. WE can relate to them and feel what the character is feeling. E.g. In Ferris Bueller's Day Off Ferris goes around the city having fun while skipping school. He manages to trick numerous adults into thinking absurd things. He would not be able to this in the real world but if he was to get caught in the film it would end quicker and it wouldn't be as fun and entertaining. So the script writers think it's better to make the world a little more unrealistic if it means that the movie will be more entertaining.

Another way script writer for teen films try and attract the audience and suck them into the film is to put a teenager as the hero. The teenager might start out as a trouble maker, like in Ferris Bueller's Day Off or Big Fat Liar and the will struggle against the principal of their school, or their parents for freedom and in the end they will prevail over the adults, making them look foolish and themselves look smart and triumphant. Another way they may make the teenager the hero is if at the end of the film they do the right...
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