Pretty Little Liars: Opening Credit Analysis

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Pretty Little Liars’ Opening Credits

I have chosen to interpret, in both connotatively and denotatively ways, the opening credits to one of ABC Family’s most acclaimed TV show, Pretty Little Liars. It premiered in the early summer of 2010. Based on a teen/drama/mystery series, this show has rapidly gained success. When you watch the opening credits for the first time without knowing anything about the show, it’s easy to guess what the show is about; but once you know or at least have a clue of the drama, it’s easier to notice the relationship between the introduction and the content. The introduction starts off with a girl, getting ready for something; her nails, hair and makeup are being done. Then,
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The girls standing behind the casket are a dressed in black because it’s the correct attire for a funeral, but they represent the “pretty” in the title of the show, meaning that they still keep their style and sexiness at peak. Finally, the title of the show is placed over dark clouds symbolizing that something bad has, or will happen. As state before, the theme song of the introduction is a song called “Secret”. This song and, more specifically its lyrics, link perfectly everything from the intro to the drama and conflict of the show. The song has a kind of scary and mysterious melody. The lyrics of the song say: “Got a secret, can you keep it, swear this one you’ll save. Better lock it in your pocket, taking this one to the grave … and to can keep a secret if one of them is dead”. The lyrics of the song help the viewer analyze the intro and because of this they may come to the conclusion that the four girls in the back of the casket may have something to do with the death of the girl.
The girls’ faces give the viewer a lot of information. Their facial expressions gives away the fact that they are hiding something. Their posture, and the way they move implies that they have some sort of secret they are trying not to give away. It can be implied that the four girls are hiding the same thing and that that is what is keeping them close together. I remember the first time I saw the introduction, I
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