Story Ponderings

Modular narrative. That phrase has been on my mind for a bit. Creating a story that can be constructed and experienced in a myriad of ways. I know Grant Morrison tried it with his Seven Soldiers of Victory maxiseries, where the story could be read in a few ways:

  • In original printing order, which was probably how most read it, since that’s how it was originally published and how the series was collected after it was completed.
  • Issue 1 of each series, then issue 2, etc. Much easier to do with individual issues, since the collected editions are “out of order”.
  • Reading each series by themselves.

Building a story that can be experienced in many ways feels like an interesting experiment, and invites a lot of preliminary thinking about plotting, presentation, and sequencing. How do you tell a story if the end can be read first, or if major twists could be spoiled?

I’ll figure it out, and when I know, you’ll be the first to hear about it.

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