Notes on narrative complexity from today’s class

During today’s class session, we leveraged the collective intelligence of the class to develop a list of traits associated with complex narratives. I’m sure we’ve missed a few, so — if you think of other elements — please add them to the comments thread.

  • Disjointed time.
  • Disjointed point of view.
  • Non-linear and episodic.
  • Little arcs that create a larger story. Connections not immediately apparent.
  • Gestalt effect: whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Actors become different characters.
  • Character development driven by plot.
  • No specific ending or clear ending or resolution?
  • Packed with symbolism that hints at meaning.
  • Question about what’s reality and what’s not.
  • Limited information and exposition.
  • Unexplained symbols. Red herrings?
  • Audience must be active in figuring out meaning.
  • Defies genre expectations (mystery without answer)
  • Calls attention to the way it is put together.
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About Aaron Delwiche

This blog is intended to support the activities of students enrolled in Transmedia Storytelling and Games for the Web at Trinity University.
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