Movies and Television as Literature: Page vs. Screen

Movies and Television as Literature: Page vs. Screen

Why you should be both a discerning reader and active viewer:

In Parts 1 & 2 of Movies and TV as Literature, I've talked about the ways stories on the page and screen are the same. Now let's look at some of the ways they are different, and why you should be both a discerning reader and active viewer.  

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Movies and Television as Literature: Theme

Movies and Television as Literature: Theme

It is easy to confuse theme with the subject or genre. For example, mysteries, thrillers, and police procedurals are often about the good guys catching the bad guys--but that's not theme. In most of these shows, justice may be an overarching topic, but that's not theme either.  

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Movies and Television as Literature: Story Elements

Movies and Television as Literature: Story Elements

Using plot, characterization, setting, conflicts, and theme, we can move ourselves and our children from vegetative passivity to active and discerning viewers. 

Understanding the impact stories have on our lives, I realized the value of teaching my kids to treat movies/TV as literature by applying the same critical thinking skills to TV as we did to books.

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Why authors and filmmakers have a responsibility to their young audience

Why authors and filmmakers have a responsibility to their young audience

During my extended ventures into YA territory to help my kids find good books, I've noticed how many obscenities, profanities, and sexual situations are present in bestselling books marketed to the age 9+ demographic. I must concur with this article in TIME magazine that many YA novels would be rated R if they were movies instead of books.

Brigham Young University professor Sarah Coyne and her colleagues analyzed profanity use in 40 teen novels on the New York Times’ best-seller list of children’s books published in 2008. All the books reviewed targeted children age 9 or older--
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Themes in post-apocalyptic fiction

Themes in post-apocalyptic fiction

Post-apocalyptic fiction is a twist on the survival-against-all-odds story. We can look back as far as Homer's Odyssey to see themes of courage, creativity, and endurance in the face of epic disaster and brutal challenges.  Post-apocalyptic stories are full of explorations into questions of morality, ethics, and what it means to be human.

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What is a high concept story?

What is a high concept story?

High concept doesn't speak to whether a story is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, or boring vs. interesting--it’s the approach and characteristics of the story the writer has chosen to tell.

QUIZ: see if you recognize these high concept stories:

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