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  1. Romantic Teen Films: An Overview

  2. The Roles • Hero/Heroine (often female) • Geeky sidekick • Popular clique • Dumb jocks • Nerds • Authority figure (often absent or rarely seen)

  3. Setting • High school • School related events: dance, game, etc. • Home • Summer/after school jobs • Party

  4. 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

  5. Typical Story Lines • Romance • Coming-of-age • Fulfilling your dreams • Finding yourself • Achieving social status

  6. Problems & Issues • Social status conflict • Parental control • Finding a boy or girlfriend • Friends – finding and keeping • Age – too young • Lack of skill – athletics, etc.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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