Book: Fictional Worlds - Traditions in Narrative and the Age of Visual Culture, Vols. I-IV (Storytelling on Screen) by L.A. Alexandercategories: Book, Fiction, Story, Film, Mystery, Comedy, Writer, Genre, Drama, Cinema, Literature, Myth, Screenwriting
L.A. Alexanderabout this book: The book is about the timeless tales of humankind and the fictional worlds in myth, literature and screen culture - the kinds that we all want to visit, and many of us want to author.
• What inspired you to write this book?
My family - passionate readers, my experience working in the theater and television, my students of narrative, film and screenwriting, and many great artists who astonish, enlighten and empower.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
This book is for all readers who appreciate great stories and for the story-tellers of all cultures, age groups, genres and media.
• How long did it take to write it?
The book has had many "starting points": the ideas on the mystery of stage art in my 20s; while traveling around the world and across cultural borders and listening to many narrative voices; teaching screenwriting; working on a doctorate in anthropology; going back to teaching drama and creative writing. Perhaps a lifetime, and the last five years to pen my observations and thoughts.
• How did you come up with the title?
It is the unifying idea-concept that defines the artistic creations in all the media, and the topical issue in the recent transmedia studies.
• Why did you choose this cover?
"The Journey Worlds." I designed the book cover to convey the themes and emotions of the book.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was to find the time for the rest - work, family and life, while submerging into the writing process with powerful demands on the writer's freedom.
• Did you do research for your book?
Many years of research and experience went into this book: including the academic, artistic and pragmatic on many levels.
• Learning experience
Writing is learning, often astonishing to the author.
The book Fictional Worlds attempts to propose a new theory of narrative inseparable from social experimentation, an anthropological theory of genre, and a message that one can empower oneself and the community-society by creating an imaginative and enlightening fictional world of his/her making, which lures all of us to enter it, and to enjoy and learn.
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