Episode 327 - Flashback heart-attack!

Jun 12, 2017

FLASHbacks… you have to do them right or they will screw up the flow of your story. That's the theme of the newspost by Tantz Aerine that we stole this podcast topic from. :) Flashbacks can be expository, they can explain story elements and plot to you, they can push the narrative forward in a (seemingly) non-linear way, they can do all sorts of things, but one of the very worst is when they ruin the flow of your story and irritate your audience! That's what we're chatting about today, the poorly handled flashback and how to avoid it! Now let me tell you about that time… JUST KIDDING! Our music theme by Gunwallace this week was Galactic Nebula Race. This is all about speed! Racing, acceleration, hyper-velocity!! Watch those lights fly past faster and faster until they become just a single coloured blurred line… only to see your rival speed past as if you were standing still.

Topics and Show Notes

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Will Draw for Food - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/06/featured-comic-will-draw-for-food/

LINKS:
From Tantz's Newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jun/02/flashbacks/
Our earlier take on Flashbacks - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-253-narrative-order-and-the-flashback

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
kawaiidaigakusei - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei
Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Galactic Nebula Race - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/GNR_GalacticNebulaRace/, by piki_fu, rated M.

ONE day left to vote for the 2017 DD award design! - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177684/

Episode 253 - narrative order and the flashback

Jan 11, 2016

6 likes, 6 comments

Doing stories that start with the climax, then flash back, tell what happened to get there: the old narrative style of switching the first few chapters around to make a more interesting story. Sometimes it works GREAT because it throws you right into the middle of things and you have to work your way back to that point… It works very nicely in The Hangover for example! Often it's used very badly- in anime particularly, where they use it for foreshadowing and a tease to try and get you interested in the rest of the story- but anime story structure is so formulaic that all it really does is give you a cheap spoiler. Other times it doesn't work well is when the writer isn't very good so the viewer loses their way in the plot… If the writer is GOOD though you end up with Pulp Fiction. You'll love Gunwallace's theme here- a super funky jazz track for the comic Nothing Important Happened Today. Enjoy!


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