Part 4, Project 1 – Exercise: Tone & Register

Jonathan Stroud – “Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase”
Difficulty in language: it is fluent and articulate.  It’s more advanced than other books analysed and I would guess that it’s aimed at 13+ age groups.
Words to describe tone: respectful, insightful, informative, revealing, confiding in reader
How does the language style relate to chosen genre: it’s easy to engage with. He draws the reader in, wants them in on the adventure

Enid Blyton – “You’re a Good Friend, Noddy”
Difficulty in language: very simple, short sentences, short words and obvious, descriptive phrases.  Aimed at the very young reader.
Words to describe tone: very relaxed, informal, conversational, obvious, gentle
How does the language style relate to chosen genre: very simplistic, gentle, obvious, very suitable for a young reader.  It reiterates the style of conversation that adults have with children

Jacqueline Wilson – “Little Darlings”
Difficulty in language: quite simple, straightforward
Words to describe tone: chatty, conversational, informal, relaxed, journal-style, observational
How does the language style relate to chosen genre: a diary-style appeals to teenage audiences.  Wilson gets under the skin of her reader.  She writes as they write.

Philip Reeve – “Fever Crumb”
Difficulty in language: more complex than others. Long sentences. Subject matter is not obvious.
Words to describe tone: observational, complex, difficult
How does the language style relates to chosen genre: this is more complex style of writing, nothing is obvious about the story he’s telling which pushes the reader to find out more

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