Viewing: storytelling

The Beauty of Flawed Storytelling

A lot of my favourite books and films feature “flawed” storytelling—whether it’s suddenly ending a story without resolving the central conflict (Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love) or abandoning a protagonist through sudden, off-screen/off-page violence mid-way through (Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory or the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men). These techniques, if they can be called that, are […] Read more

Rounding Out My Summer Reads

This has definitely been the most productive summer of reading I’ve had since my university days, when I would try to get a head start on my British Lit courses by slogging through the likes of Vanity Fair, Dickens, or The Canterbury Tales. I’ve still got a stack of unread books on my shelf that I’m […] Read more

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

This was making the rounds a little while ago, but it’s totally worth posting because of Vonnegut’s simple, straightforward approach to explaining how stories should work. Screenwriters, generally, know this stuff inside-out… though executing on what you know isn’t always the easiest thing […] Read more

Intellectuals Agree: Endings Matter Most

Charlie Kaufman messaged it pretty well in Adaptation: Wow them in the end, and you’ll be fine. Writers constantly struggle for the ending that will pay off all the conflict and intertwining relationships they’ve juggled for so long, something that will leave the reader/audience member filled with awe – “now that was a story!” It’s […] Read more

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Like hundreds of thousands of other listeners, I’m a big fan of This American Life (the weekly public radio series). If you would’ve asked me a week ago why I like the stories, I don’t know if I could’ve given you a straight answer. “They’re just good,” I might’ve said. Honest. Interesting. True stuff. There […] Read more