Simple stories or complex stories?
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September 18th, 2012 (11:56 AM).
Mr Cat Dog
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I don't think that one is inherently
than the other... but I have a tendency to prefer more complex stories. It's a case of big-risk-big-reward, and while a lot of them end up falling flat on their faces due to plot holes or just swallowing their own metaphorical tales or just becoming too convoluted for their own good, it's really thrilling to watch something inventive and groundbreaking and to see it pull it off without a hitch!
Having said that, the story isn't everything when it comes to narrative entertainment. If the most satisfyingly complex story in the world doesn't have characters that you can relate to, or is filled with bad acting, or it just
bad from a technical point of view, that can sour your experience of what should be a great story. Lots of my favourite films/TV shows fall into the 'complex narrative' camp, but a great deal of others are just 'simple stories, well told'. That's why I said one isn't necessarily better than the other.
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