Aristotle in Hollywood: Visual Stories That Work (Studies in by Ari Hiltunen

By Ari Hiltunen

During the centuries Aristotle's Poetics remained anything of a secret. What used to be the nice thinker attempting to say in regards to the nature of drama and storytelling? What did he suggest by way of pity, worry and catharsis?In this e-book, Ari Hiltunen explains the secret of the 'proper pleasure', which, in line with Aristotle, is the aim of drama and will be caused through the use of sure storytelling ideas. Hiltunen develops Aristotle's thesis to illustrate how the world's best-loved fairy stories, Shakespeare's good fortune, and empirical stories at the delight in drama and mind body structure, all provide help to the assumption of a common 'proper excitement' via storytelling.Examining the main strategies and good judgment of Poetics, Hiltunen deals a different perception to somebody who desires to comprehend the key of profitable storytelling, either long ago and in brand new multi-billion greenback leisure industry.Ari Hiltunen concludes that Aristotle's principles and insights are as legitimate this day as they have been over 2000 years in the past. This ebook can be of curiosity to all these operating and learning within the fields of conversation, media and writing.

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To his surprise Propp found a formula, a common plot structure in the tales. He also found a certain number of ‘functions’, thirty-one in all. A function here is understood as an act of a character, defined from the point of view of its significance for the course of the action. Propp drew the following conclusions: • Functions of characters serve as stable, constant elements in a tale, independent of how and by whom they are fulfilled. • The number of functions known to the folktale is limited.

Both these theories of the origins of folktales imply that there is something very appealing in certain story patterns and themes. Even if the stories come from other countries, the story pattern and theme remain the same though the characters and settings might be altered. This being so, we can assume that the pleasure embedded in the story stayed the same across different cultures even though many elements of the story content are culture specific. The setting or the profession of the hero, for instance, may change as the story travels from culture to culture.

The most popular one of all, Cinderella, has been found in hundreds of versions in different cultures, the first appearing in written form in China in the ninth century. Scientists have been puzzled by this similarity. One assumption is that the stories 27 Aristotle in Hollywood: The Anatomy of Successful Storytelling evolved completely independently in regions of the world that had no direct contact with each other. But our existing knowledge of the spread of cultures is changing. Stephen Oppenheimer argues in his book Eden in the East that the cradle of civilisation is not the Middle East as generally assumed, but the now drowned part of the continent of South East Asia, from where many dominant myths could have come by diffusion to what were to become the western civilisations.

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