Episode 253 - narrative order and the flashback

Jan 11, 2016

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!



SLK8ne at 6:55PM, June 28, 2016

But, it is hard to pull off, because you have to keep the interest up because everyone knows how it ends, if you put too much information out, you can give away the rest of the story and people will loose interest unless its very well done.

SLK8ne at 6:51PM, June 28, 2016

I was thinking of D.O.A. the old Noir film about a guy who was poisoned and who will die in 24 hours who is trying to settle the score with his killer before he croaks.

Ozoneocean at 9:51AM, Jan. 13, 2016

On the Quackcast it's normally polite but disgusted laughter at my crude "humour".

Ozoneocean at 9:50AM, Jan. 13, 2016


ejb at 4:55AM, Jan. 13, 2016

Nervous laughter, punch line, setup ... that my comedy preference is.

Gunwallace at 5:07PM, Jan. 12, 2016

Why did you put Ozoneocean in a small tin box of some kind? What did he do? (By which I mean, why was Ozone's voice so small and tinny?)

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