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Dialogue query for TV/ Radio dialogue within story.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:32 pm
by Dani-H
I'm writing a short story in which the main character interacts with what he hears on a TV show.
What is the correct format for writing direct dialogue from a TV or radio within a story?
I also do not want to add a tagline for the TV dialogue, but the dialogue itself should inform the readers that it is so.
Would I just use standard quotation marks in the same way a I would for character dialogue.

For Example:
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" Welcome to news hour ! "

John laughed out loud, " You mean welcome to fiction hour."

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Also, how would you format a railway station tannoy announcement?

Re: Dialogue query for TV/ Radio dialogue within story.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:16 pm
by cynicalwanderer
Italics, either with or without quotation marks as you prefer, are sometimes used in these situations where a non-human character is "talking" - be that the TV, radio, or HAL 9000. The font change itself is what serves as a sort of visual attribution technique that sets it off as different from the human speech of the other characters.

That said, italics in writing can spark a thorny debate - some writers/readers/critics love them, some hate them, and many of them will have an opinion about it.

Re: Dialogue query for TV/ Radio dialogue within story.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:55 am
by pls
Italics are generally used only for foreign words and phrases and emphasis. Using them for other purposes confuses the reader.

Re: Dialogue query for TV/ Radio dialogue within story.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:58 pm
by Oldtimer

Re: Dialogue query for TV/ Radio dialogue within story.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:39 am
by williamadams

Re: Dialogue query for TV/ Radio dialogue within story.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:51 pm
by Dani-H
Many thanks for the replies. Very helpful.

I have also read that dots can be used. For example, "...Welcome to news hour!..."

I like the idea of columns, but would it not be the other way around? TV on the right and person on the left.

For example:

"...Welcome to news hour!..."

John laughed out loud, " You mean welcome to fiction hour."

Re: Dialogue query for TV/ Radio dialogue within story.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:01 pm
by cynicalwanderer
I'm reading a thriller by a well-known author at the moment in which, for dialogue by a sign-language-using monkey, square brackets are used to indicate the sign language:

[Don't like bananas]

I guess it would be transferable for your TV/radio scenario as well.

Re: Dialogue query for TV/ Radio dialogue within story.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:15 pm
by williamadams