“do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.”
Azar Nafisi, Reading “Lolita” in Tehran.
With this quote from one of my favourite books I start talking about narrative.
Narrating is just a way to tell a story or to send a message. It may be realistic or drawn by symbolic images, but it’s a means to construct a meaning.
Normally, it is based on a realistic, traditional and conventional relation between the symbols and their meanings but it can also consist on a challenge to traditional and fixed ways of creating a narration. They can play with the elements introducing some that the audience doesn’t expect and fill the context with new meanings.
A main character that is a secondary character in another novel. A whole 300paged novel that takes place on a single afternoon. An author who talks directly to the reader and his characters… These are elements we don’t expect as readers but that enrich a narration in unimaginable ways. They play with us. And I love playing.
So meaning (or lack of it, which is not meaningless)… truth, etc… is not just given by the elements but by all the contexts and possible significance for those elements. And there is our message… there is what we want to say to the world or what we ask to life. There is where our truth resides.
We’ll keep talking about this… I wanted to start introducing narratives, and you can apply this to texts and photos. How are your narratives?
To finish, I leave you an extract of one of my favourite films, Waking life by Richard Linklater. All these ideas came to my mind when thinking about this post so I’m gonna let them here… in this order (or mess) so you can find your own “meaning”.