Chapter 7. Storytelling

Human beings like to tell stories. How we describe the world and live our lives are bound in the stories we tell. We’re not just good at telling stories, however—we’re also good at seeing them. Perceiving stories is part of how we understand our world. Just as we can see patterns in the arrangement of shapes and forms—animals in the clouds or a face in the knots of a tree—we make stories out of things that happen around us. We impose a pattern, a meaningful sequence, on a set of events, and a story emerges.

Pattern Recognition

Stories told through films and comic books have always relied on the human ability to stitch together meaning out of a sequence of images. In film, many images flicker by every second; in comics, ...

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