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Tuesday, June 13 • 14:00 - 14:30
SP Fernando Canet. Long-term relationship with characters in TV series: the fluctuating engagement with antiheros

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One of the main features that define character engagement in TV series is the long-term relationship that spectators develop with characters. Blanchet and Vaage introduce the familiarity as essential issue for understanding character engagement in TV series. This long-term exposure can be pleasurable. However, such exposure can have the opposite effect. In order to avoid this, and to maintain the viewer’s interest, series creators need to map out an appealing character evolution. This transformational process can take different directions depending on how the creators want to develop the alignment process. One approach can be to elicit sympathy for the character, but the opposite approach can also be taken. However, both approaches can be taken simultaneously as a mechanism for the production of more complex narratives. An example of this is the current popularity of the antihero figure. I argue that long-term narration, as occurs in TV series, is the perfect place for developing a fluctuating relationship between the antihero and the viewer. The objective of this paper is to explore this fluctuating relationship through the most relevant contemporary examples.

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Fernando Canet

Associate Professor, Polytechnic University of Valencia
Dr. Fernando Canet is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the Fine Arts College (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain). He has been the co-editor of the book titled (Re)viewing Creative, Critical and Commercial Practices in Contemporary Spanish Cinema for Intellect Ltd. He... Read More →

Tuesday June 13, 2017 14:00 - 14:30 EEST
A-305 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki