Week 9: Generic Structure

Todays class had no sound, therefore we could play no videos, but despite the technological challenges we pushed through and I still learnt a lot. In particular we talked about the difference between story and plot. The plot being ‘what happens’ and story being ‘why it happens and how.’

We then continued to talk about genre, how do we know the genre of a film when the basic story lines all through history and repetitive.

The film I chose to analyse again is the Hunger games.

The Hunger Games

‘Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.’ – IMBD

Genre: Coming of age, post apocalyptic/Dystopian

How do we know: We can see from the movie cover that Katniss main character seems to be a young girl, innocent looking, but standing alone, ready to release her arrow. Katniss is young but ready to become a leader. We can just see this through the movie poster.

However in the movie itself we can tell is Dystopian genre because of its destruction and poverty in the start proving is dystopian rather than Utopian, and then in the later half of the film the use of such advanced technology and architecture shows is scifi futuristic genre.


The following explanation of the dystopian genre is explained by http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson926/DefinitionCharacteristics.pdf

I believe all of these components are used in the Hunger Games film.

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There are very few semantic units missing from this film that implies its genre but here they are:

  • Dystopian stories usually take place in the large cities devastated by pollution.
  • Although the film is set in a futuristic post apocalyptic world its really interesting and a bit weird that the main character chooses the bow and arrow as weapon of choice. The bow and arrow a very old weapon and is nearly even used now.
  • We would also expect being a dystopian scifi film to see talking robots.

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