Thanks to Olivier for alerting us to this incredible article on the crackdown on puns in China media.
And now from Groucho Marx: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”
Finally, related to the assignment due next week, here are a few links that might help. First, a “retelling” of Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Shape of Stories” lesson that we watched during the first class.
Next, to be read with a grain of salt, from Mette Ivie Harrison’s “Writing Advice,” the graphs of various plots. What I find useful in this column is the idea that basic plots can be graphed (the way Vonnegut does it); doing this, whether on paper or just in your head, can help you isolate the crucial features of your chosen masterplot. The graph has low resolution: it’s just interested in the basic arc or trajectory, not the details or specifics. According to this approach, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has the same plot and same plot-shape as the Harry Potter series, though of course the specific ways in which the protagonist suffers, struggles, learns and grows differ a lot.