Sunday, January 21, 2007

Amazing and show titles

Hi, this is Moon Yun. I'm going under "Lotusflower" because I had to create a whole new account because for some reason I couldn't get back in with old account. As an entertainment reporter, I'm starting to do red carpet events and I like watching the awards show like the Golden Globe and the Oscars. I feel the actors are getting real lazy with their grammer, especially with the word "amazing." They've all started to use "amazing" as in "I'm doing amazing" or "We're doing amazingly." That just rings so false. Isn't it more appropriate to use amazing in the context of...Working with Steven Spielberg on the set of "War of the Worlds" was an amazing experience?

I tend to get confused sometimes with quotation marks around the title of a TV show or movie. I wrote something about "Lost's" Evangeline Lilly with the apostrophe and "s" inside the quotation marks even though it's not part of the title. Is it ever O.K. to italicize a TV or movie title when, say, writing a news release? My friend and I were having a discussion about that. He felt it was acceptable practice and made the news release look attractive but I felt the reporter would just think we were making stylistic error.

Thank you.

1 comment:

Pat said...

If you look at pages 170 and 171 of your textbook, you'll see that style manuals differ in their instructions regarding italics. In our office, we use italics for titles of movies, TV series, and radio series; this is in accordance with Chicago Manual of Style. Because you write for a newspaper, you would follow a different style.

Overuse of any word undermines its effectiveness. I would say it's better to use fresh and little-used adjectives rather than words like "amazing."