Blog posts tagged "bottle stories"

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Jan. 23, 2018 - 7:47 pm
In most bottle stories, the characters are trapped. Nicole and I examined two such stories in our previous posts in this series. But there is another kind of bottle story. Rather than confining characters somewhere against their will and watching what happens, this other kind of bottle story simply...
Mulder and Scully survey the scene
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Dec. 19, 2017 - 4:21 pm
In the first post of our bottle stories series, fellow Anythinker Jeff Schwartz and I discussed the self-containment of the form. Looking at Agatha Christie’s short story, Three Blind Mice, we talked about the satisfaction of pulling off a tale that relies on no previous knowledge of other stories...
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Nov. 22, 2017 - 4:52 pm
These days, the word epic has become a synonym for good. We like stories with scope and amplitude, big stories. We like trilogies and series and sequels and prequels (and “equels”); we like cinematic universes; we like TV shows with serialized, interconnected seasons; we like spin-offs and...