- Back story parenthetically
- Define your terms: Diegesis
- Define your terms: Mimesis
- Books aren’t flicks
- Back story metadiegetics
- Diogenes aside
How much back story is too much back story?
Somewhat later he concludes:
As near as I can make out, short of eliminating [back stories] altogether, there are a number ways of dealing with [what back story hasn’t been chopped out in the editing process]. Character companions, parentheses, footnotes and/or an addendum come to mind. [For “Nuclear Dragons”] I’ve chosen parentheses.
While the reader can skip them as he or she pleases, I’d recommend perusal. Especially when in comes to “Nuclear Dragons”, I do some of my best work in parentheses.
Diegesis is a style of fiction storytelling which presents an interior view of a world and is:
- that world itself experienced by the characters in situations and events of the narrative
- telling, recounting, as opposed to showing, enacting.
… By contrast, mimesis shows rather than tells, by means of action that is enacted.
The extradiegetic level … is the narrator’s level, the level at which exists a narrator who is not part of the story he tells.
The diegetic level is understood as the level of the characters, their thoughts and actions.
The metadiegetic or hypodiegetic level is that part of a diegesis that is embedded in another one and is often understood as a story within a story, as when a diegetic narrator himself/herself tells a story.
Try instead: “It’s a doggone diegesis, not a mangy mimesis”.
As for Diogenes, according to tradition, during the time of Plato and Alexander the Great ‘… he wandered around Greece carrying a lantern and searching for an honest man’. As for why he did that, one theory is here.
For what it’s worth, here’s a quotable line from the article linked above:
‘Alexander found the philosopher looking attentively at a pile of human bones. Diogenes explained, “I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave”.’