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Creating Dialogue for TV

Screenwriters Talk Television, 1st Edition

By Monika Bednarek

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60 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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As entertaining as it is enlightening, Creating Dialogue for TV: Screenwriters Talk Television presents interviews with five Hollywood professionals who talk about all things related to dialogue – from naturalistic style to the building of characters to swearing and dialect.

Screenwriters/showrunners David Mandel (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Veep), Jane Espenson (Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time), Robert Berens (Supernatural), Sheila Lawrence (Gilmore Girls, Ugly Betty, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), and Doris Egan (Tru Calling, House, Reign) field a linguist’s inquiries about the craft of writing dialogue. This book is for anyone who has ever wondered what creative processes and attitudes lie behind the words they encounter when tuning into their favourite television show. It provides direct insights into Hollywood writers’ knowledge and opinions of how language is used in television narratives, and in doing so shows how language awareness, attitudes and the craft of using words are utilised to create popular TV series. The book will appeal to students and teachers in screenwriting, creative writing and linguistics as well as lay readers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction

2 The writers/showrunners

3 On great dialogue

4 On naturalism

5 On the expression of emotion

6 On building characters through language

7 On swearing

8 On dialect

9 Conclusion

About the Author

Monika Bednarek is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has authored six academic books, most recently Language and Television Series: A Linguistic Approach to TV Dialogue (2018). Her research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, media linguistics, sociolinguistics, and the linguistic expression of emotion and attitude.

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Routledge Studies in Media Theory and Practice

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART057000
ART / Film & Video
PER004050
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Screenwriting