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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Build a Story World

Thresholds of Ambiguity

Wynne-Jones refers to this as a pulse outside of oneself. “There is about Thresholds this ambiguity of which way is in and which way is out.”
Hansel and Gretel are left to find their way in the woods. Red Riding Hood travels a familiar path but comes back from one visit completely different, or is she? The wolf comes calling through the doors of the Three Little Pigs.

“At the door of the house who will come knocking?
An open door, we enter
A closed door, a den
The world pulse beats outside my door.”
                                                            Pierre Albert Birot

(As shared by Tim Wynne-Jones as another quote from Bachelard’s book The Poetics of Space.)

The long running series Stargate enfolds this aspect of ambiguity each time the characters step through the pulsing gate to enter a wormhole. Even when they return to a familiar world, life may have dramatically changed. Or at least the possibility always exists making each entrance ambiguous.

1.     Wynne-Jones refers to this as an ongoing process using the image of a life waiting to be born over and over again trying to get it right.

What other images would fit into the concept of a repeated pulse as an ongoing climb towards completion.

Share: What image did you choose?

1 comment:

  1. Probably because I write and love a romance, my mind went right to the first heart strings of love, that moment two people lock eyes. And the often rocky and winding path that can lead them through the portal of true love. Only to find that is only the beginning...


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