Tagged: narrative

Tom Bombadil and Jar Jar Binks in "Bad Boys 8" 2

The Problem with Prequels

We live in an age of fictional universes. It’s no longer cool to write a self-contained story. Instead we like to geek out at extended franchises, like the Star Wars or Marvel universes. Even...

Lawrence Olivier Hamlet Skull 4

Act III Failures

This article is about the ends of stories, so of course it contains major spoilers. Almost every narrative follows a three act pattern: beginning, middle and end. Act I sets up the premise and...