We want to accomplish two things by our next meeting on Thursday:
- A final version of your Stranger Things episode pages. (See below for the format for each of your episode pages.)
- Select the narrative actions from your episode that seem absolutely critical to the season (macro) narrative and add them to the season macro page. On this macro page, we are trying to reconstruct the narrative sequence of actions for the whole season. (Remember: narrative actions that might be essential for your episode may not be essential for the season, i.e. “Dusting finds/discovers Dart” in our example episode may not be essential to the season narrative and “Nancy and Jonathan sneak off” is definitely not essential to the whole narrative sequence of season two.) When you add an event to the “macro” page – – try to include a Proppian label, if you can. And, let’s try to keep the actions in order.
Format for final version of your episode pages:
- The first item on your page should be the complete sequence of narrative actions for the episode. It should look something like this:
Label any narrative actions within the sequence with a Proppian tag, i.e. “Delivery,” “Reaction,” etc. Simply add the name of the appropriate in brackets to the narrative action. (In the above example, for instance: “4. El Leaves Cabin [3. Violation of interdiction].” Don’t worry about narrative roles/actors – – “Hero,” “Villain,” etc. – – here.)
2. Sort these main narrative actions into the narrative strands within the episode. The narrative sequence for each strand should only be composed of events you’ve already included in the main sequence. Thus, something like this:
3. Assign narrative actions to the binary oppositions which seem to structure Stranger Things. For now, we’ve decided on four binary oppositions: adults vs. children; control vs. autonomy; insider vs. outsider; truth/visible vs. secrets/hidden. Use only these four oppositions. Perhaps not all the narrative actions will “fit” into these oppositions; assign as many actions to oppositions as you can. Thus, this section for the example episode above might look something like this:
adults vs. children
(2)Hopper versus/argues with El [Hopper and El argue over honesty]
(11)Nancy and Jonathan sneak off [Nancy and Jonathan have to evade parents.]
truth vs. secrets
(14) Dustin and Dart loyalty/Dustin hides Dart from group [Dustin keeps Dart a secret from the party.]
control vs. autonomy
(4) El leaves cabin [El disobeys Hopper and his authority.]
(10) Dart escapes [Dart refuses to be penned up by the party.]
insider vs. outsider
(8) Dustin vs. group [Dustin separates himself from the party by keeping Dart a secret]
(12) El and Mike remain separated [El returns but doesn’t join the party.]
Note: you may want to add a sentence to briefly explain or detail more fully how the action demonstrates or expresses the binary.
Again, this is really a question of sorting: which actions go with which binary oppositions?
This should be the final form of your original page – – neat, clean, and clear. (Transfer your earlier work to a new page with the episode title followed by the word draft, e.g. S2E3 Draft. When you create this new page, try to place it “under” the original episode page.)
[Photo credits: Jake Z.]