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Is Anyone Else Aware Of These Terms? (1 Viewer)

TheMightyAz

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I read a book a long time ago. I think it was called 'Plot' but can't remember the author. There are three terms I recall from that book that I think are useful and I wondered if it was the author who coined them or if they're generally known:

Mirroring: Taking something that's the opposite for the following scene. The birth of a child, next scene, the death of a loved one.

Echoing: Taking something the same (in some way) to the following scene. Guy walking across the arctic, woman closing the fridge.

Time bomb: Planted information the reader knows will eventually get outed ... but when? Character (a) knows something that will devastate character (b) and it's just a matter of time before that happens

Each can be interpreted in many ways. These are just examples.

Eastenders used to take timebombs to an annoying level!
 

vranger

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You can find numerous literary devices, such as Paraprosdokian, which is a surprise ending to a sentence to make the reader/listener reevaluate the first part.

"Take my wife ... please".

"I haven't slept for ten days ... because that would be too long."

I add this to the thread because it's one I use somewhat frequently, both in life and in my writing. However, never expect me to discuss it again ... I'll never remember the damned word.
 

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