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Romantic Teen Films:. An Overview. The Roles. Hero/Heroine (often female) Geeky sidekick Popular clique Dumb jocks Nerds Authority figure (often absent or rarely seen). Setting. High school School related events: dance, game, etc. Home Summer/after school jobs Party.

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the roles
The Roles
  • Hero/Heroine (often female)
  • Geeky sidekick
  • Popular clique
  • Dumb jocks
  • Nerds
  • Authority figure (often absent or rarely seen)
setting
Setting
  • High school
  • School related events: dance, game, etc.
  • Home
  • Summer/after school jobs
  • Party
language discourses
Language Discourses
  • Teen speak
    • Unique vocabulary (Slang & Abrv.)
    • Closed language (only the select)
    • Mean – cruel, blunt, & clever
    • Direct opposition to “parent speak”
    • Defines social status
typical story lines
Typical Story Lines
  • Romance
  • Coming-of-age
  • Fulfilling your dreams
  • Finding yourself
  • Achieving social status
problems issues
Problems & Issues
  • Social status conflict
  • Parental control
  • Finding a boy or girlfriend
  • Friends – finding and keeping
  • Age – too young
  • Lack of skill – athletics, etc.
problems solved
Problems Solved
  • A “savior” lifts you to popularity
  • Someone outside story gives advice
  • An event makes hero/ine reassess their values/situation
  • Society or group changes to fit the character
  • Hero/ine reaches self-actualization
themes
Themes
  • Social acceptance is paramount to happiness
  • One person can elevate you to popularity/happiness
  • Being yourself is good, but only after you achieve social status
themes cont
Themes (cont.)
  • Popularity is competitive; Nerdiness is cooperative
  • A heterosexual relationship completes you
  • The world of the teen is all-consuming for teens and adults alike