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Thread: On repetition
November 26th, 2012, 07:41 PM #16
Funny because I read Kafka and Godot in Italian back in the days, maybe I should read them in English again and see if I feel differently
Incidentally, I do like slow, especially in anime movies (for example I love Shinkai's 5 centimetres per second), so I may be ok with Kimi ni Todoke, but in film I think it's easier to deal with repetition. Movies like Pi or The Limey used it constantly and not for structural reasons and it works great.
November 26th, 2012, 09:35 PM #17
I feel 1Q84 was like that, too, but more complicated because there was more external development, and a more complex mash-up of themes.
...but in film I think it's easier to deal with repetition. Movies like Pi or The Limey used it constantly and not for structural reasons and it works great.
Basically, I can think of three types of repetition:
Variation: some element is repeated with a slight difference or in a different context. Waiting for Godot would fall into that category.
Iteration: What's repeated is a process, and the end-result of the process is the condition of the next iteration. I think both 1Q84 and Kimi ni Todoke fall into that category, but also time-loop stories (such as Groundhog Day).
Accumulation: The repetition signals something other than itself. Any sort of rhyme could serve as an example, here.
Both iteration and accumulation involve variation, but variation can be an end in itself.
Impromptu theory, not that well thought through.
November 29th, 2012, 04:51 PM #18
It works for me Dawnstorm. Now thanks to you and Fung Koo I have some real terminology to refer to all of this.