Pretty Little Liars Character Guide — Final Project Analysis

It’s a massive game of clue. Who killed Allison? How did they bury her in the backyard without anyone noticing? Who is A? Who is working with A? Why are they attacking people? The television series Pretty Little Liars has many characters who vanish and reappear, multiple possible suspects, crazy love triangles and complex relationships that have left their viewers confused and scrambling to decipher who is who and what is going on.

The primary goal for our project was to make a character guide that was a simple, organized and easily accessible for viewers to answer questions they may have about the characters and how they are connected to the other characters or the plot line.

For our project, we collected and organized existing data on Wiki and IMDB. We used an Excel spreadsheet to help organize our data and make parameters. We separated all the characters into their own columns. We then categorized our data based on the following parameters: their familial ties, their marital status or if they are in a relationship and who with, if they are suspected to be A or a victim of A, if they are dead or alive, their location, and their occupation. We picked these parameters because we felt like they answer questions that viewers typically have and give an accurate as well as a brief description of each character.

One of the main issues we came up with while doing this was how to determine if a character was considered as a “main” character. We first filtered this out by keeping a parameter of episode duration. This worked until we came across characters who were pivotal for the story but were not a frequently occurring face. Once we sought some help on what to do, we decided to create character descriptions for these “main” characters to explain our reasoning as to why they were considered as such. These character descriptions do not run more than 5 to 7 sentences and are detailed enough so that the reader can get a sense of the importance of the character while not being able to decipher too much into the plot.

Once we got our databases ready, we imported it onto Silk. Silk is a form of web page that houses data in a user friendly way. We had already created an account for a Silk and thus it was easy to just upload our data online. Unfortunately, we had to manually enter the data as our Google spreadsheet was not being read. However it was not that difficult to do since we already gathered our data.

Overall, we had fun with this project. It was easy to do since both Brooke and I knew the show well. We were able to work on it all online and hence it was a simple task. It was lengthy however, and we learned a lot about how to efficiently complete work while doing this. This was great final project idea, and it really summed up the semester quite well.

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