Des fiction ouvertes

Nathalie Nadaud-Albertini


Inspired by the Umberto Eco's idea of open work, this article deals with some specific series that we call open TV dramas. In support of this idea, we give two precise examples: Ally Mc Bea! and Loft Story. The first is an ambivalent TV drama, because it creates a doubtful meaning by using multiple and contradictory points of view. As a matter of fact, it plays with genders stereotypes and resorts to double irony, so that it turns TV viewer into a reflexive subject. The second is a very specific TV drama called reality TV, because it is based on an in process plot built by multiple authors. Indeed, the plot is elaborated through negociation between multiple assessments made by TV viewers, candidates and producers. And, reality TV is not only specific because of it's an in process plot with multiple authors but also because it shows a particular kind of characters that we call characters-persons. 


reality TV; ambivalent TV drama; open meaning turning TV viewer into a reflexive subject; in process plot with multiple actors; interactivity

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