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Exploring Hollywood Films Essay

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Exploring Hollywood Films

A genre is a certain type of film and they are each defined by certain
codes and conventions. Within a genre there can be different
categories these are known as sub-genres, for example, a psychological
thriller. There are also occasions when in a film there may be a
combination of more than one genre this is known as a hybrid. Genre is
an excellent way of classifying a film. Audiences will know what to
expect when they go too see a film as they will know if they normally
like, thrillers, for example then they make the choice of seeing it.
They also generally guarantee box office success this is also because
of the audience knowing if they will like the film or not.

There are some problems with codes and conventions of genre and what
makes up a certain genre. Sometimes certain films can be too
predictable as they follow the codes and conventions too strictly.
Usually in horror films, the main victim confronts the force of evil
and generally survives. The audience is usually able to predict the
ending although sometimes it can work. Although sometimes the audience
likes to be able to predict what is going to happen in the movie, too
much of this can be boring. Therefore it should have some sort of
twist that the audience is not expecting. However not all films
strictly follow the codes and conventions of a certain genre, they
change to reflect the changes in society.

The film 'Mean Girls' is a typical romantic/teen comedy. It uses the
general codes and conventions for example; it has the typical teen
romance and also the competition between the girls for the one boy. It
also has the people who are classified as the 'freaks' and those who
are the 'popular' group, who are the cheerleaders; this is typical of
a teen comedy. 'Mean Girls' is quite predictable and formulaic, in the
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