Arguing that I am debating semantics is not only an unsophisticated representation of my position (a strawman), but it fails to address the issue I am raising.
I completely understand if others don’t mind that we are referred to as the “Scientologists of story theory.” But, I would like to see us lose that reputation over time. And, when these discussions focus on who is projecting instead of clarifying the understanding of things, it keep us there.
Describing the impact of a Tale on the audience doesn’t clarify what it is and how to identify it.
Here is the website definition of a Tale:
“A tale describes a problem and the attempt to solve it, ultimately leading to success or failure in the attempt.”
How is this different from a single isolated throughline?
Here is a quote from Melanie:
“Throughlines then, are any elements of a story that have their own beginnings, middles, and ends. For example, every character’s growth has its own throughline. Typically, this is referred to as a character arc, especially when in reference to the main character. But an “arc” has nothing to do with the growth of a character. Rather, each character’s emotional journey is a personal tale that describe his or her feelings at the beginning of the story, at every key juncture, and at the final reckoning.“
If I’m wrong, please help me since I got this definition originally from mentorship.
I am intereseted in visual representations of a Tale so we can be better at communicating how they feel. Does anyone have access to that?
But, more importantly, what is it? — since it is not well defined as the absence of a storyform.
It was quite clear that Dr. Strangelove was a Tale because it was a single Throughline and there were no other throughlines despite our attempts to find them. That was how we proved it was a Tale.
Is Moonlight a Tale? We gave it a Storyform even though it is missing 25% of the signposts.
Doubt has a Storyform…at first it was called a Tale. Oops.
How is Fight Club a Tale? It is listed as one. But, it seems like a GAS to me as I can ID the throughlines.
It seems to me that not all broken stories are tales. What an I missing? And it begs the question —what is a broken Tale?