Gossip Girl- Annotated Bibliography
1. Berman, M. (2008). A work in progress. Mediaweek, 18(39), 8.
Just in time to save their decline in viewer-ship, the CW has found its niche: teen girls. As a result they have started producing shows, such as Gossip Girl, to cater to this niche. This new target group is part of the network’s long-term plan to promote viewer-ship and it is therefore important to cater to this audience. This theme in the article will help my argument that, largely the television adaptation caters to teenage girls, by altering many of the characters to be more glamorous and relatable.
2. Consoli, J. (2008). Mass appeal. Mediaweek, 18(34), SR2.
With the declining economy, TV networks are finding it difficult to produce the funding needed to advertise their shows. The article goes on to discuss how HD is seen as a method to draw viewers back to television sets, yet it leaves out the most critical new advertising medium: the internet. I will use this article to discuss how the internet has created a cheap and easy way of large-scale advertisement and how Gossip Girl producers have capitalized on this inexpensive marketing tool.
3. Creeber, G. (editor). (2001). Television genre Book. London: British Film Institute.
This book is an introductory to television studies, and provides an in-depth examination of the various television genres. In particular, there are chapters dedicated to teen-dramas and reality TV. Both of these will help to further my knowledge of Gossip Girl’s drama elements and expand upon how the online-factor has arguably made the show similar to reality TV. Particularly, by understanding the stylistic elements that make a teen-drama, it will offer insight into why certain changes had to be made from the novel to the television show to fit these requirements of genre.
4. G.W. & Gilbert. R.R. & Selnow, G.W. (1993). Society’s Impact on Television: How
the Viewing Public Shapes Television Programming. Westport, Ct.: Praeger.
This book’s primary focus is on the outside factors that effect television shows, specifically the structures that effect a show’s production. There are several chapters that break down the multitude of outside facets that go into the making of a television show. Chapters seven and eight are particularly relevant to my study as they discuss advertising pressures on tv shows and the newest pressure presented by the online world. I will use this novel to examine why adaptations take place, specifically focusing on the changes that are made when they do and the causes for such alterations.
5. Heide, M.J. (1995). Television Culture and Women’s Lives. Philadelphia, University of
This novel is a collection of women’s stories of their struggles and how television helped them negotiate the issues in their real-time lives. Primarily, I am interested in the discussion of women in relation to soap operas and dramas. This will help my study by fleshing out why women and young girls have become the target audience for stations such as CW. By discovering how such television effects women’s everyday lives I will make the argument that they are a perfect target for such shows as Gossip Girl, and how networks have arranged these shows to appeal to them.
6. Osgerby, B. (2004). Youth Media. New York: Routledge.
This book discusses how various forms of media effect youth culture and provides a theoretical understanding of said mediums. Several chapters discuss the target youth market and how advertising has changed throughout media to capitalize on such groups. One chapter in specific, chapter nine, discusses the shift into cyberspace and what this means for youth cultures and media texts. This chapter will be especially useful in my examination of Gossip Girl’s online world and what this has done for the show.
7. Ouellette, D. (2009). OMD. Mediaweek, 19(24), AM17.
This article discusses ‘mobile-viewing’ and how this new phenomenon has added largely to the success of Gossip Girl by linking viewers personally to the show. This has raised issues of Ateurship because it allows for viewers to take part in the show personally and add their own views. This article will be beneficial to my study as it will help me examine how teens are interacting virtually with the show and the success of these tactics changes the dynamic of television as a whole.
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