I'm going to write web-based serial fiction. I just have one question.?
Can a serial novel work where each episode has their own standalone story as in the episodes can be read in any order? I was reading about the difference between a series and serial (in terms of a TV show) and was wondering if it applied to a serialized fiction too.
- MsBittnerLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Sure, you can do serials that way, in any medium.
Be aware that you will lose character arcs and that large story arcs become impossible. If every episode is complete in itself and can be read or viewed out of order, you sacrifice something.
Consider the TV show House. Each episode stands alone--I rewatched a few when recovering from minor surgery recently--but if you just watch an episode here and there, out of order, you don't see how Dr. House's management of his pain goes from pretty bad to appalling and dangerous, how the health of Thirteen degrades, how Cuddy's increasing frustration with him causes her to act, the growing depth of his friendship with Wilson, and lots more. Each episode has all those elements just frozen, limited to how that thing is during this one episode.
- UserLv 71 month ago
What you are describing
seems to defy the very meaning of the word "serial".
The word implies order and progression (i.e. one thing occurring after another).
From an online dictionary:
- Published or produced in installments, as a novel or television drama.
So: we're talking about a SINGLE novel
or a SINGLE drama
published in several installments.
should act like a chapter, an encapsulated portion, of the whole novel or drama.
If it's just a set of stories
sharing common characters and setting
that have no temporal or causal relationship to each other
then it's not a serial, then it is a serIES.