Narrative Structure: Story. How you organise/ tell/ present the story. How one sequences the events of the story.
Linear narrative structure: When the events of the story are told in chronological order (the order in which the events happened)
Non-linear narrative structure: Non-chronological, use of flashbacks.
Single strand narrative structure: One main story (+sub-plots)
Multi-strand narrative structure: (e.g. Love Actually, Pulp Fiction and soaps.) Several storylines running alongside one another.
Open ended narrative:
Todorov Theory: All narratives are based on the classic narrative structure.
- At the beginning of the story: The Equilibrium Stage (means balance, stability, state of normality)
- Middle of the story: The Disruption to the Equilibrium. Normality disrupted.
- End of the story: The Resolution Stage. A new Equilibrium is established.
Levi-Strauss’ Theory: All narratives are based on conflict.
E.g. Good vs Evil, Law vs Criminals, Old vs New- binary oppositions (conflict).