Once upon a time, deep in the jungles of Bangladesh…
Lived a streak of tigers.
They spent their days running around and playing in the river.
That was until, one day, a new tiger showed up.
His name was Tali and he was different from the other tigers.
He had different coloured fur.
And the other tigers didn’t like that.
They called him names and pushed him around.
They treated him as if he was nothing.
This made Tali sad
Why did they treat him so badly, just because he looked different?
Tali left the other tigers and walked away, his heart broken.
From up in the trees, the other tigers heard a voice.
On one of the branches was Samir the snake.
“You shouldn’t have said that. It was cruel.”
The leader of the pack Rahana laughed.
“But look at him!”
“Look at what? His different coloured fur?”
“Yes! He’s different from us!” Argued Rahana.
“So? I am also different from you but still, we all have a beating heart and feelings.”
This made Rahana quiet.
“He may have different coloured fur but he is still a tiger. Underneath, he has bones and a heart and a brain. What is on the outside doesn’t change what is on the inside.”
As he began to understand what he had done, Rahana hung his head in shame. The other tigers who had also bullied Tali felt sorry.
“You’re right! I should go and say sorry!”
The other tigers agreed with their leader and they all left to go and find Tali.
Several miles away, Tali sat crying. He was heartbroken.
Through the clearing, the other tigers appeared.
“What do you want?” Tali sighed.
“To say sorry.” Said Rahana, “We were wrong to make fun of you. We were cruel but now we know that you should never make fun of someone for looking different.”
“Really?” Said Tali quietly as he tried to stop crying.
“Really. We are really sorry!” Spoke up another Tiger.
Tali forgave the other tigers and they all became best friends. They spent their days talking, joking and playing.
This week with Celia, we learnt how to create a flower in Illustrator. We started off by opening a new document and creating a circle using the ellipse tool.
I then created a petal also using the ellipse tool.
After this, I selected both piece and clicked the ‘horizontal allign’ tool.
I then selected the petal and clicked rotate on the left side bar.
Afterwards, I typed in ‘360/24’ and pressed ‘Copy.’
This created another petal, as seen below.
From there, I pressed Cntrl+D to ‘Transform again.’
I continued until I had a flower.
I then changed the colours and added a bee and some leaves.
Afterwards, I used the spray can tool to add little images.
After this, I learnt how to drag an image from the spray can tool, click ‘expand’ and then be able to edit it.
I then copied this and pasted it onto another picture in Photoshop.
One of my strongest influences is the book ‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart. This book has definitely influenced my crime and thriller writing. The building of tension and the set up were unlike anything I had read before. The author switches between flashbacks and present day in a seamless way that makes the story work.
The story follows rich teenager Cadence as she goes back to her family’s island for vacation for the first time since her accident there two years ago which left her with no memories of the accident. She has spent many summers on the island with her cousins and her aunts Indian step son Gat who Cadence falls in love with. The four are called the Liars. As summer progresses, it soon become clear that her family are hiding something from her. It is revealed at the end that Cadence, Gat and her cousins set fire to the house the previous summer to spite their family. However, the three perished after the fire spread faster than they were prepared for and Cadence was hurt after diving into the water in an attempt to soothe her burns. We then learn that her cousins and Gat were figments of her imagination that she was seeing over the summer as a way to deal with her grief and guilt.
The book is a mystery/coming of age book that is aimed at young adults. The story is a mixture of flashbacks and present-day setting. Dialogue plays a large part in this story as the entire plot is driven through what Cadence says. As we only see through her eyes, the story becomes subjective due to her point of view. The story is entirely driven through the plot and is set up in such a structured way that, looking back, it is perfectly crafted for the plot twist.
The story has three secondary characters that accompany the protagonist. Cadence’s cousins Mirren and Jack, and her Aunt’s Indian Stepson Gat, aka The Liars. Cadence is introduced as a spoilt American teen but is soon shown to despise her family due to their racist, self-entitled views. Her softer side is shown when she is around her cousins and Gat who she cares deeply for. Cadence speaks out against her family’s views more and more frequently as the book goes on. Jack and Mirren also share her views regarding their family, more specifically their Grandfather, and also speak up when Gat is spoken poorly of due to his skin colour.
Gat is shown as a kind-hearted boy who, at the beginning of the book, only wants to be accepted yet as time passes, he accepts that he will never be part of the family. He strongly cares for Cadence and almost becomes her moral compass which drives the narrative forward.
Cadence develops immensely as a character throughout the story. When we first meet her, she disagrees with her family’s ideas but would not stand up to them. However, as her love for Gat grows, so does her anger at her family for how they treat him. This ultimately culminates when she decides to start a fire at the house as an act of defiance to her family’s beliefs.
Whilst we are aware of which parts of the story are flashbacks, we are not directly told nor shown that Mirren, Jack and Gat are only hallucinations until the end as the final plot twist. We are, however, given small moments that, at the time, mean nothing but upon reflection, we see what they truly are. Such as the scene where Jack and Mirren’s Mother is seen crying into Jack’s hoodie.
After the final plot twist, Cadence is shown coming to terms with her guilt and making peace with each of the Liars. At the end of the book, she is shown to be significantly healthier, both physically and mentally.
For me, the ending is what makes this book stand out so much in my memory. It wraps up in such a simple yet beautiful way that it really ties it together. With this ending, it brings the story to a gentle stop. It doesn’t leave it to a cliff-hanger with an open ending but instead provides closure to the characters and the reader.
Whilst the story contains a lot of characterisation, it doesn’t disappoint on the scene setting. The island the story takes place on is described in detail without smothering the reader. Instead of boring the reader with over describing, Lockhart provides just the right amount to interest the reader and create a setting.
One aspect of this story that I want to put into my own work is the plot twist. As a big fan of mystery, the plot twist really stuck with me, even years after I first read the book. After seeing how a story can be completely turned around within a couple of sentences, it really encouraged me to try this myself. I would love to write a piece that has such a major twist that stays with the reader long after.
Another aspect of the story I have taken influence from is the use of flashbacks. Whilst I have written using flashbacks before (In my horror piece for The Walk Project last year) I still have yet to delve into it again since then and not in the style Lockhart has written in. I feel that flashbacks, when written a certain way, can transform a story and give it a completely different feel, which I why I aim to include more flashback writing in my future pieces.
Another skill that has been showcased in this book that I want to use in my own work is setting the story in one location. The entire book is set on one island yet the pace never slows and doesn’t lose the reader’s attention. If anything, it creates more tension as the story feels more enclosed. Whenever I have written a story, I have set it in multiple locations but now I want to try writing a piece set in one location.
Learning outcome 1: Understand the characteristics and context for a chosen media and communication activity
Analyse the characteristics and context for a chosen media and communication activity
Interpret research activity to develop ideas for creative production
Learning outcome 2: Be able to use knowledge of the characteristics and context of a media and communication activity
Use knowledge of characteristics and context to plan and develop creative solutions for a chosen media and communication activity
Apply practical skills, knowledge and understanding of characteristics and contexts to produce creative solutions for a chosen media and communications activity
Learning outcome 3: Be able to use evaluation in support of creative media production
Critically evaluate creative solutions against identified characteristics and context for a chosen media and communication activity
Critically reflect on learning to inform personal development
- Looking for deeper meaning
- Look for the point
- The message/ power
- Challenge the ideas
- Word choice
Did anyone identify specific characteristics that will impact on their writing?
When talking about writing monologues, we all were able to identify the personal touch that a monologue provides. It develops the reader’s sense of empathy and connect the audience to the writer.
We also identified the characteristics of poems such as rhyming words and having a meaning.
Similarly was anything said that will impact your work?
Working as a part of a group impacted my work as I was able to hear other people’s opinions on my work and what they planned on doing. The group helped me expand my research field and how I viewed my project.
Did anyone identify or share information that was useful to you?
We were able to share information with each other which helped each of our projects. We exchanged resources and different views on each of our chosen subjects. I found this useful as I was able to gather new resources for my project.
Did your question get an answer?
I asked Katie, who is focusing her project on the topic of social media and the effect it has, if she felt that the current generation of children were being affected by this social media driven society. She believed that it did due to seeing her younger brothers behavior and how his lack of social skill contrasted with hers when she was that age.
Was it satisfactory: How and why? Did they help you?
As a group, we discussed how we thought children were different now compared to when we were younger. We agreed that children are driven more by social media rewards, such as gaining likes, than they are when speaking face to face.
Can anything be improved upon: for You and/or your group members?
I think that we worked well as a part of a group and we were able to discuss our ideas effectively. I do intend to improve on my idea by exploring the theme in more depth when researching.
Were there any ideas that you though were original, unique and imaginative?
As I intend to focus my project on the multiculturalism of England and the ironic racism, I think that writing a poem about the subject will be quite unique as I haven’t seen it done before. Taking this view on racism I think is also unique and hope to emulate it through sarcastic humor in my article.
(Answers to these questions are subject to change as I am unsure of the mediums I want to use.)
Characteristics for poems:
Expressive and figurative language
Characteristics for articles:
Straight to the point
Focused on an event
Characteristics of a monologue:
From one POV
Characteristics of a script:
Open to interpretation by the director