The changing face of storytelling

Karalee’s Post #95

ofmiceandmenThis week I went with friends to see the National Theatre Live satellite broadcast Of Mice and Men. The stage production was absolutely fantastic and the characters were so compelling that I was emotionally drawn into their personal lives to the point that I felt I was part of their lives.

And to be sitting in a comfortable high-backed padded seat in a theatre in Vancouver with people in the audience eating popcorn and candy bars while the live show was taking place (albeit this show was taped earlier) in London, England, is completely amazing.

This got me thinking of storytelling in general and how we get our stories told to the public. Who doesn’t love going to the movies or seeing live theatre?

Storytelling has gone from oral tradition and acting out the story among small groups. When the written word was invented books came to be and those stories were also acted out on stage. The invention of cameras introduced television and movies as the medium for storytelling.  All of these technologies are used for getting stories out to the masses.

Technology continues to change the way stories are told. This week the blog The Killzone brought to my attention that with access to the internet books are evolving. Ebooks can now be reader interactive using multimedia format. As you read you can surf the net with links in the book which gives a whole new experience to the reader.

But with all these different ways of storytelling, what continues to be consistent is what storytelling is all about. No matter the venue a story must have a setting, a plot, and characters. For a story to be compelling it must be entertaining or captivating in some manner, which means the audience must become emotionally connected to some aspect of the story.

This emotional connection is generally through great character development and the growth and changes the character makes as the story unfolds.

So if I cut to the chase and look at storytelling over the centuries, nothing fundamental has really changed. Would you agree?

This week:

Words written: 2,000

Dog walks: 21 (2 dogs 3x/day)

Episodes of Orange is the New Black: seen them all now!

Journaled my writing: 0. Need to bump up the priority of this.

Finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird for an online writing course. Have downloaded Gone Girl already and will read it since Joe says it is fantastic.

Ebook downloads: 6. Until this summer I hadn’t read any Ebooks. Now I’m downloading many books, not only fiction for reading, but also cookbooks, memoirs, and books on writing. The instant gratification is amazing and I’m enjoying reading on my iPad a lot more than anticipated. No wonder eBooks are becoming so popular!



2 thoughts on “The changing face of storytelling

  1. I wonder if the technology hasn’t changed the fundamentals in an indirect way. I often think of scenes visually, as how they would look if my story was being told as a movie or a TV series.

    • Thanks for your comment!
      Ha! I see scenes too like in a movie, but I did when I read books even before going to the movies. Maybe movies/visual media are merely capturing what we have been “seeing” in our minds!

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