Thursday, March 31, 2016

Four Acts, No Conflict?

So, today I learned all about Kishōtenketsu, which is a four-act story structure that does not rely on conflict for plot development.

SAY WHAT? No conflict? Surely this is blasphemy!

But it's not blasphemy, just culture shock. Kishōtenketsu is the product of Eastern thought, whereas my entire set of thought processes is a product of Western thought. So, it makes sense that I would be a little put off by the notion.

I guess, to be more accurate, I should say that today I re-learned all about Kishōtenketsu. In my Classical World Literature class in college, we did discuss and and read several examples of it, then all sat around and argued whether or not they actually did or did not have conflict in them. Ah, good times.

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