Narrative Theory

Tumblr site for the Narrative Theory web-book. Companion twitter site. Daily online newspaper: The Narrative Theory Daily.

September 13, 2014 6:32 am
Bob Dylan and the Genius of Narrative

Thomas Swan, flicksided.com

No matter what form of storytelling you jump into, narrative is the highway that the character or characters that populate song, books and movies journey down. It creates the trees that line the road, the people that weave in and out, the girl who…

September 11, 2014 9:31 pm
Dutch Girl Fakes a 5-Week Vacation to South East Asia by Posting Phoney Photos to Facebook
 Gannon Burgett, petapixel.com
Dutch graphic design student Zilla van den Born recently conducted an interesting experiment on the power of phoney and misleading photos on social media. For five weeks, Zilla tricked her family and Facebook friends into thinking that she was on …

Dutch Girl Fakes a 5-Week Vacation to South East Asia by Posting Phoney Photos to Facebook
Gannon Burgett, petapixel.com

Dutch graphic design student Zilla van den Born recently conducted an interesting experiment on the power of phoney and misleading photos on social media. For five weeks, Zilla tricked her family and Facebook friends into thinking that she was on …

9:10 pm
How to Live Forever: The (Mad?) Science Hollywood Is Using to “Cure” Death
Seth Abramovitch, hollywoodreporter.com
"I have no intention of dying," Sumner Redstone told THR in January. Redstone, now 91, has made no secret of his longevity regime. It begins with a breakfast of goji berries. …

How to Live Forever: The (Mad?) Science Hollywood Is Using to “Cure” Death
Seth Abramovitch, hollywoodreporter.com

"I have no intention of dying," Sumner Redstone told THR in January. Redstone, now 91, has made no secret of his longevity regime. It begins with a breakfast of goji berries. …

12:29 am
(via SLJ Reviews LEGO StoryStarter: Using the classic brick, plus software, to foster narrative skills - The Digital Shift)
“Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.” …

(via SLJ Reviews LEGO StoryStarter: Using the classic brick, plus software, to foster narrative skills - The Digital Shift)

“Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.” …

12:12 am
Originalism and the Two Narratives of Halbig | Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Halbig v. Burwell, the ACA subsidies case, has two competing narratives. In one version, it is an epic battle between textualism and contextualism. … But (says the other side) surely Congress could not have intended a situation in which subsidies were not available on the federal exchange…”

September 10, 2014 8:40 pm
Making Ancient Tales Modern
Mark Broatch, raindance.org
Writers have always tapped into old stories, from Shakespeare to Hollywood. But it still takes talent to give a 3000-year-old tale fresh life, says Hollywood

Making Ancient Tales Modern
Mark Broatch, raindance.org

Writers have always tapped into old stories, from Shakespeare to Hollywood. But it still takes talent to give a 3000-year-old tale fresh life, says Hollywood

September 7, 2014 1:41 pm
Give Them an ‘E’ For Effort
George Heymont, huffingtonpost.com
Despite what some people think, storytelling is very much an acquired skill. Not everyone does a good job of it. Some folks are incapable of even launching a narrative.How one develops a story and delivers it to an audience are key components t…

Give Them an ‘E’ For Effort
George Heymont, huffingtonpost.com

Despite what some people think, storytelling is very much an acquired skill. Not everyone does a good job of it. Some folks are incapable of even launching a narrative.

How one develops a story and delivers it to an audience are key components t…

1:07 pm
Download this free ebook and never get stuck on a scene again!
Arun, jamuura.com
All of us who’ve written or worked on screenplays know the pain and agony of getting stuck on scenes which we cannot figure out how to format. Reading scripts is the best way to get out of this rut. H …

Download this free ebook and never get stuck on a scene again!
Arun, jamuura.com

All of us who’ve written or worked on screenplays know the pain and agony of getting stuck on scenes which we cannot figure out how to format. Reading scripts is the best way to get out of this rut. H …

September 4, 2014 6:17 am
Screen/Print #24: Architectural fantasies from “Fairy Tales — When Architecture Tells A Story”
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, archinect.com
A good fairy tale, like good architecture, makes fantasy inhabitable. It provides a foundation for the reader to stand on, and then let’s them loose to fill in the rest with their own experiences, making a universal structure personal. But sometimes…

Screen/Print #24: Architectural fantasies from “Fairy Tales — When Architecture Tells A Story”
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, archinect.com

A good fairy tale, like good architecture, makes fantasy inhabitable. It provides a foundation for the reader to stand on, and then let’s them loose to fill in the rest with their own experiences, making a universal structure personal. But sometimes…

September 3, 2014 12:02 pm
The 10 Key Rules of Writing for TV
Raindance, raindance.org
“Quality drama, and the best screenwriters, are all to be found on TV these days.” Whether you agree with that statement or not, it’s certainly hard to argue…

The 10 Key Rules of Writing for TV
Raindance, raindance.org

“Quality drama, and the best screenwriters, are all to be found on TV these days.” Whether you agree with that statement or not, it’s certainly hard to argue…