ⓘ Category:Narrative techniques

Ab initio

Ab initio is a Latin term meaning "from the beginning" and is derived from the Latin ab + initio, ablative singular of initium.

Ab ovo

Ab ovo is Latin for "from the beginning, the origin, the egg". The term is a reference to one of the twin eggs from which Helen of Troy was born. The eggs were laid by Leda after Zeus, disguised as a swan, either seduced and mated with or raped her, according to different versions. Had Leda not laid the egg, Helen would not have been born, so Paris could not have eloped with her, so there would have been no Trojan War.

Aesthetic distance

Aesthetic distance refers to the gap between a viewers conscious reality and the fictional reality presented in a work of art. When a reader becomes fully engrossed in the illusory narrative world of a book, the author has achieved a close aesthetic distance. If the author then jars the reader from the reality of the story, essentially reminding the reader they are reading a book, the author is said to have "violated the aesthetic distance."

Alien space bats

"Alien space bats" originally was used as a sarcastic attack on poorly written alternative histories due to lack of plausibility. These attacks are usually phrased as the need for "alien space bats" or by saying the alternative history has gone into "ASB territory". The term eventually evolved into a reference to deus ex machina to create an impossible point of divergences. Examples include changes to the physical laws of nature, time travel, and advanced aliens interfering in human affairs. An example of the latter is Harry Turtledoves Worldwar series.


An aphorism is a concise, terse, laconic, or memorable expression of a general truth or principle. They are often handed down by tradition from generation to generation. The concept is distinct from those of an adage, brocard, chiasmus, epigram, maxim, principle, proverb, and saying; some of these concepts are species of aphorism.

Audience superior position

Audience superior position is a term in literary theory to describe when the audience of a narrative work knows more than one or more characters in the narrative work. An example in film might be when the audience knows the killer is hiding in the closet while the protagonist does not. Another example of audience superior position is the use of dramatic irony. For instance, the audience may know Oedipus is headed for a tragic ending before Oedipus himself does. Audience superior may also be used for foreshadowing or dramatic tension. The audience is aware there is a shark in the film Jaws ...


ⓘ Narrative techniques

  • A narrative technique also known more narrowly for literary fictional narratives as a literary technique literary device, or fictional device is any
  • sometimes called an analepsis is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point in the story. Flashbacks are often
  • literary fiction. The journal was established in 1971 as the Journal of Narrative Technique and obtained its current title in 1999. It is published by the Department
  • Nonlinear narrative disjointed narrative or disrupted narrative is a narrative technique sometimes used in literature, film, hypertext websites and
  • Narrative exposition is the insertion of background information within a story or narrative This information can be about the setting, characters backstories
  • reading lengthy passages of philosophical narrative There are scenes in all stories that work best using only narrative or only dialogue or only action. There
  • In contemporary literary studies, a theme is a central topic a narrative treats. Themes can be divided into two categories: a work s thematic concept
  • the narrative without resorting to classic flashback techniques An even more ambitious attempt at constructing a film based on non - linear narrative is
  • In a literary work, film, story or other narrative the plot is the sequence of events, where each event affects the next one through the principle of
  • narratives and third - person narratives As an adjective, narrative means characterized by or relating to storytelling thus narrative technique is