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  • 1. Classic Narrative
    Patterns and Theories
  • 2. Classic Narrative Patterns and Theories
    Bulgarian theorist TzvetanTodorov discovered that folk tales and fairy stories all followed a similar structural pattern. This is known as the Classic Narrative Pattern, and is directly applicable to mainstream films and TV dramas today.
    Vladimir Propp proposed that there are distinctive character types and actions in all fairy tales and this is often applied to other stories as well although both theories are not always applied successfully.
  • 3. The Classic Narrative Pattern works like this:
    Equilibrium Disruption Resolution Restored order New equilibrium
    • It may be a false state of order or equilibrium at the end of the film to allow for a sequel.
    • 4. Before resolution is achieved, there will be many thwarted attempts by the hero to resolve matters