Representation in TV drama by Sian LynesTV drama/soap:Pretty Little LiarsGenre of TV drama/soap:Mystery-thriller teen dramaActress:Ashley BensonName:Hanna MarinAge:16Ethnicity:Not knownRegional Identity:Rosewood (fictional town), based in PennsylvaniaCostume usually includes:She normally wears short skirts and feminine tops. Given a typical teenage ‘it girl’ look withglamorous and fashionable taste.Sum up lifestyle in 5 words:Popular, glamorous, social, caring, cautiousFriends include:Aria Montgomery, Emily Fields, Spencer HastingsInterests:Shopping, Socialising,Motivation in most situations:Decision maker/Leader of friendship groupLove Life:She has feelings for ex-boyfriend Sean but develops love interest with Caleb in laterepisodes.Problems in life:Unknown person who names themselves “A” texts her and her friends texts of secrets theyare keeping, and messes with their lives.Key moment in drama series:She is hit by a car as she discovers who “A” is.Prediction for future narratives:Perhaps another confrontation with “A” and her love life with Caleb goes down hill.
Representation in TV drama by Sian LynesHow is the audience supposed to react to them? Explain view:The character of Hanna Marin is that she comes across to the audience as a typical teenagegirl who is interested in boys, shopping and her friends. But view gradually changes whenthe audience gets an insight into the drama that goes on between “A” and her friends. Thisrepresentation of a typical teenage girl is also conflicted when the audience gets an insightinto Hanna’s past and realises that she used to be fat and not the ‘it girl’ that she portraysnow. This reflects the message to society that teenage girls, showed in Hanna’s character,find it difficult to fit in if they are not perfect looking. And this need to fit into society’smould of being perfect can lead to the person not being happy at all.