"There are very few book series that fully keep to what they promised, as "The Key Debates" does. An incredible effort in critically covering wide regions of our field -- with their traditional assets and their sudden innovations. Visual storytelling poses puzzling questions: the seventh volume of the series tries to answer them." - Francesco Casetti, Yale University
"Rather than explaining our previous accounts of story-telling and story-viewing, this exciting collection opens up the field to important new questions about complex, large, and transmedia narratives. It is a valuable contribution to research on how and why we engage with stories." - Janet Staiger, University of Texas
"An indispensable collection of essays exploring the complexities of storytelling in today's multi-faceted media environment. This volume constitutes another important contribution to ongoing debates in Film and Media Studies provided by a remarkable book series." - Frank Kessler, Utrecht University
Stories are perceived as central to modern life. Not only in narrative entertainment media, such as television, cinema, theater, but also in social media. Telling/having "a story" is widely deemed essential, in business as well as in social life. Does this mark an intensification of what has always been part of human cultures; or has the realm of "story" expanded to dominate twenty-first century discourse? Addressing stories is an obvious priority for the Key Debates series, and Volume 7, edited by Ian Christie and Annie van den Oever, identifies new phenomena in this field — complex narration, puzzle films, transmedia storytelling — as well as new approaches to understanding these, within narratology and bio-cultural studies. Chapters on such extended television series as Twin Peaks, Game of Thrones and Dickensian explore distinctively new forms of screen storytelling in the digital age.
With contributions by Vincent Amiel, Jan Baetens, Dominique Chateau, Ian Christie, John Ellis, Miklós Kiss, Eric de Kuyper, Sandra Laugier, Luke McKernan, José Moure, Roger Odin, Annie van den Oever, Melanie Schiller, Steven Willemsen, Robert Ziegler.