Denotation and connotation “become fellow travelers in the story”
Denotation: the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.
Connotation: he associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning: A possible connotation of “home” is “a place of warmth, comfort, and affection.”.
Revelation of some (not all) information can arouse anticipation, curiosity, suspense, and surprise
In a crime story crucial murder evidence emerges piecemeal
The case can’t be solved too quickly
Resolution is suspended until conclusion
SIN MURDER AND NARRATION Transtextual motivation is a strong factor in determining a film’s narrational options. All films exploit disparities between fabula and syuzhet, but different genres do so in different ways The Detective film (Serial) vs. The Melodrama (The Wire maybe) Detective Film: Serial Crime
We learn what the detective learns when he or she learns it
We are not allowed access to the detective’s inferences until he or she voices them
Unless the detective is baffled or turns out wrong The activity of piecing together cause and effect in the crime fabula constitutes the central formal convention of the detective tale Privileged access to his character and motives Romance becomes another factor. The detective is attracted to the Femme Fatale even if he suspects them of deception, betrayal or even worse (Could be why listeners interpret Sarah as “in love” with Adnan.
Maximizes the viewer’s urge to know what will happen next—and, especially, how any given character will react to what has happened
The emotional expressiveness of the film issues partly from the narration’s tendency to be omni--communicative To wring every emotional drop out of the fabula situations the narration employs omniscience Various characters discover what viewers already know Unrestricted knowledge: Crosscutting different plotlines
Following several characters from one locale to another