January 15, 2008 Jill

Alex makes some really good points about narrative and Story2Oh! over at Complications Ensue.

While he notes that people like the voyeurism inherit in my project and others like a theatrical adaptation of a Proust novel he saw twice. Maybe Tamara, John Krizanc‘s legendary environmental theatre piece fits into this category too.

It’s cool to look into someone’s life and get what feels like a sneak peek. Facebook users call it stalking when they read a stranger’s personal information and it’s half the fun of Facebook.

But it’s not the same as a good story. It’s only character. And character is excellent but sort of lonely without some choices to force him to reveal himself.

I’m a story girl. I love it. I deconstruct it for laughs. This blog is my way of worshipping at the throne of story. Story gives shape and satisfaction to an entertainment experience, that’s why they build it in to reality shows, because otherwise the voyeurism would wear thin and feel purposeless.

Alex is right when he suggests that driving a narrative line through the diverse elements of Story2Oh! is a challenge. But I think it can be overcome.

I’m still clumsy with it and so in this week’s installment we aren’t going to cover a whole whole lot of story ground. I think of this as just the teaser. Or maybe an extended meet cute. But I do think there’s a way to build in a lot more story than I have in this incarnation.

And new ways of expressing narrative are emerging even as I post this.  It’s all an incredible learning opportunity.

Comments (2)

  1. Cunningham

    I think a RASHOMON / HE SAID, SHE SAID concept would work pretty well. They all go to a party or event and something happens and you get everyone’s take on the “incident.”

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