Flashcards in Fiction Terminology Deck (13):
A type of writing
The beginning, designed to capture the reader’s attention
The high point or crisis of the story, usually but not always towards the end
Some kind of solution is reached. The author may decide not to tie the threads of the story together in order to maintain suspense.
The location where the story is set. Usually the author uses lots of description (colours, noises, smells etc.: uses the five senses)
Mood and atmosphere
The feeling or mood of the story either for the characters or for you
A person in the story; characters are not understood alone, but are always placed in a setting and they can be described using dialogue and action as much as plain description. Characters may be described in a ‘real’ or ‘cartoon’ way. Authors treat characters sympathetically, harshly etc.
The speech of the characters, their conversation. Only using part of a dialogue can be very effective (e.g. a telephone conversation) or only relating part of a conversation (the rest seen at a distance)
The context of a story is its literary, historical, social and cultural background; it may also be the reason why the author wrote it.
Authors choose certain characters, setting, words and phrases etc for a particular genre
Who is telling the story? The narrator. Where is the voice of the author? The narrator’s voice may not be the author’s voice.