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primarily written for entertainment however, I also want to portray an
interest into historical and political persuasions.
I aim to write this piece for an audience of teenagers to young adult
who are aged from around fifteen to twenty-five and are male, I also
wish to identify with those interested in political thrillers within
this age range. The genre of which shall be a short fiction story
consisting chiefly of narrative and written in the third person. I
picture this piece as being one of a collection of short stories
concerned with the political-thriller fiction sub-genre. Despite being
a fiction text I aim to tie in real world non-fiction.
I was inspired to write a story of this nature after watching Luc
Besson’s ‘The Professional’, alongside reading material from Robert
Harris, such as ‘Archangel’, ‘Fatherland’ and ‘Enigma’. I had previous
experience reading this genre and being a big fan of Robert Ludlum I
wanted to emulate the thrill I experienced from his work, in my own.
To gain a firmer understanding of the style I would be pursuing I
began to view examples of historical references from encyclopedias and
journals and I also read books of historical sub-genre.
This is my final draft of this piece and I have made various
alterations from the previous drafts to enhance it. In general the
changes were simple things such as correcting spelling and
punctuation, slightly more significant was the rewording of concluding
paragraphs to make it tidier and read or flow better. The most salient
modification was trimming the use of figurative language; its use
brings visual framework to the piece however overdoing it resulted in
an awkward read.
The changes I have made were a result of feedback I had attained from
my friends, family and potential audiences who read my first drafts
and gave me their honest opinions regarding it. I consider the changes
I have made prior to completion have certainly improved the final
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could continue to make improvements.
This piece has been constructed to exploit the expectations of the
reader by diverging from the conventions of traditional story telling;
beginning, middle and end, respectively. By challenging this system I
hope I have created an original piece that intrigues the reader.
throughout the piece I have tried to maintain an atmosphere of
consternation and to do so I have used many different grammatical and
lexical techniques, for instance the use of certain semantic fields
that are common with post cold war Russia such as ‘KGB’, ‘Prospekts’
and ‘Klashnikov AK-47’. I have also written using the semantic field
of dirt and creating a feeling for the attitudes of the time. Again it
can be shown here by ‘smog’, ‘sodden’ and ‘orifice’. Together these
images conjure up the feeling of treacherousness and uneasiness. These
words also relate to the sociolect of my political thriller
enthusiasts that would have come across such words in the past. This
gives them a sense of appreciation and common territory.
I have chosen certain words to optimize the effect of connotation,
exempli gratia I use the word ‘smog’ in place of fog or haze this is
because smog has a polluted feeling, again reiterating the industrial
power of Russia and the unwelcome feeling of wartime. This is
complemented with the word ‘lingered’ - as opposed to ‘stayed’ - as an
adverb to describe the smog.
Not only have I used the emotive effects of connotation but combined
with the use of figurative ornaments such as metaphors and similes;
e.g. “like a sodden quilt”, and alliteration; e.g. “bald bloated
body”, I have drawn a picture of “waking Moscow” through the lexis.
To add some humour and variety into the piece I have played around
with the pragmatics of certain situations, one of which is when
Vladimir and Nikolai are talking, “he and I went back as far as Cuba
and we had no secrets.” what I have tried to imply is the possibility
of Vladimir being homosexual, which Nikolai picks up on and questions
in the conversation.
At the end of the piece I switch writing from third person into first
person; “I can hear,” and “their souls”, this is so I can comment
objectively on the events that had revealed themselves and stimulate
the reader to resolve the story according to their own reading of it.
The story is presented through narrative prose, using paragraphs to
separate the text into more meaningful and accessible sections.
Adjacency pairs determine the order of dialogue to replicate that of
Upon commencing this piece of writing it was my ambition to amuse and
beguile an audience of comparable cultural elation to myself. The
desire to write such a piece fired me with zeal and left my feeling
I feel I have successfully completed what I set out to do and by
recording the response of my target audience to my final piece the
consensus was that this was true.