Taylor Lane Colyer. Dr. Cossar. Final Paper. April 11,
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Taylor Lane Colyer
April 11, 2017
Genre and Narrative in The Princess Bride
Genre and narrative appear in all forms of film; they cannot exist without each other. Films have some form of narrative that makes it unique for a specific genre. This is due to the way the story is told. Depending on how the story is told the audience will generate a response to the film they are watching. Narrative and genre are used to explain the story and plot of a film. Let’s look at The Princess Bride for example; this is a genre film that uses narrative to tell a story. Through narrative the film is able to get a response out of the audience and the audience knows how to respond to this particular film because of past genre and…show more content… There are also action/adventure elements with the fire swamp and the pit of despair. These different genres are what draw in such a diverse crowd. Genre theorist Rick Altman states how “genre classifications are down to the pre-reading and knowledge that audiences have of texts, before they watch a film they will know the story, characters, conventions, and mis en scene of the genre” (Altman: 1989). Audience members know they are in for a combination of a lot of genres when they watch this film. The first ever film poster for the said “Heroes, Giants, Villains, Wizards, True love. Not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run of the mill, ho-hum fairytale.” The film brings in a very diverse crowd, because it contains so many genres. Not everybody likes story’s about true love and not everybody likes story’s about wizards and giants, so why not put them all together. I know several older men who love this film and I also know several young women my age who love this film just as much. The great thing about this film in particular is that the audience might think they have a pre-determined answer as to what will happen in the end, but due to the multitude of genres it causes the audience to question themselves and form hypotheses.
Film theorist Erlend Lavik tells us that, “practically all films contain gaps that the audience must fill in. Seeking order and coherence, we instinctively make hypotheses about what is going to happen (and