A few weeks ago, I posted my second blog assignment, where I analyzed the hit series Shameless by using Fisk’s three levels. While doing so, other students were writing similar posts, based upon the program in which they decided to dissect. And so, for my third assignment, I will be choosing 3 blog posts written by fellow classmates to read and critique. Based on my media preferences, I will choose blog posts in which feature programs I am familiar with. Not only will this allow me to learn more about some of the media programs I have learned to know and love, but will also allow me to view others opinions on these programs and how they believe it affects its viewers.
Lets get started!
Blog Post reaction #1:
Harry Potter– analyzed by Victoria Zemil
“Victoria, great job on your blog! As a huge Harry Potter fan myself, it was great to see how well you described the storyline to your readers. You went above and beyond to explain the overall plot of the movie, to better explain your narrative analysis. You also did a great job at explaining exactly just what an narrative analysis was to your readers, in addition to identifying the difference between the story, the plot, and emplotment. I loved how you went through each term and not only defined the term, but gave an example to your readers of what Harry Potter’s story was versus its plot. One other thing I enjoyed about your blog was your explanation of the three approaches to narrative analysis: Aristotelian, Visualist, and Structuralist. Although you only chose to elaborate on the Structuralist approach, you gave your readers an insight on all the different types you could have chosen from, in addition to their purpose. Through your blog post, I learned that Propp’s character role does not necessarily only represent one single character. For example, you told us that not only does Voldemort take the role of the villain, but Sirius does as well. Overall, your blog was very insightful! However, if I were to give you one piece of advice, it would be to add more visuals to your post, specifically within the section in which you identify Propp’s character functions. By including individual pictures of each character and their function, readers unfamiliar with the text would be able to visualize the story that much better.
Try using this site for pictures and additional information about each of the characters!
Overall, great job Victoria!”
Check out Victorias blog here!
Blog Post Reaction #2:
Shameless- analyzed by Madeleine Clemens
“Maddie, great blog post! I too am absolutely obsessed with Shameless, and haven’t been able to keep my eyes off of it since I first started watching it! Let me start off by saying, your introduction to the series is great! You did an amazing job at introducing the story, and really gave your readers a good idea of the stories plot. One thing I really loved about your blog was your use of Propp’s character functions.Not only did you introduce characters in relation to their character type (Villain, Hero, etc), but you also went into great detail of the functions, up until function number 14. You went above and beyond and explained each function, and related it to a situation within the show. I also enjoyed the video clip you placed within your post. Visuals are such an important part of a blog, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the program! If I were to give you one piece of advice, it would be to lengthen your introduction, and to explain each and every character, including all of Fiona’s siblings. Although you gave a brief overview of the characters, I believe if you went into better detail, your viewer would get a better understanding of the storyline, and the connection between the characters.
Try using this link for more information on each character!:
Overall, great blog post, and choice in show!”
Check out Maddie’s blog here!
Blog Post Reaction #3
American Horror Story- analyzed by Tyler McGee
“Tyler, I was so excited to read your blog post about AHS! Ever since season one I have been hooked, and was captivated by your insightful blog post regarding season three. One thing that I particularly love about your post is how in depth you go in describing the shows background. You introduced your audience to the shows creator and director, and gave insight on how he creates his trailers, in addition to posting multiple trailers for other seasons! One other thing I enjoyed about your blog was your use of multiple seasons. It is true to say that AHS is a different story season to season, and for those who do not watch the show, it is very important to make that apparent! You did a great job at explaining particular scenes within different scenes, in addition to explaining individual characters and their personalities. Showing scenes from each season really helped with this! You seem to have a great understanding of the show, and how its director chooses to create each season. One piece of advice I could give to you would be to go into further detail regarding narrative analysis in connection with the AHS series. Although you do a great job of defining what narrative analysis is, you could improve upon connecting this to the show itself. For example, how do the plots differ in say season 2, compared to its story? How did the director choose this, and why? What types of stereotypes are present within these seasons, which are not?
Check out this website below in which discusses how AHS challenges misogynistic tropes:
Overall, great blog post Tyler! I really enjoyed reading it.”
Check out Tyler’s blog here!
Overall, I learned a lot from not only my assignment, but from reading others as well. I was captivated by the different approaches to media texts, and just how well fellow classmates used these approaches to dissect these programs I watch so frequently. As a fan of these shows, it is often hard to analyze these texts, as we become so attached to the characters within the show. As avid media consumers, we must look beyond the plot and storyline, and notice the roles, and messages in which these shows are showing us. I am looking forward to the rest of the semester, and getting the opportunity to read other students work, in addition to creating some more of my own!
Thanks for reading!