Sam Leith rejects the idea that the story needs to be reconceived for our “modern era.”
Changing technologies have affected the means by which stories are told. You can follow the story of a person’s life pointillistically through a Twitter feed or voyeuristically through a webcam.
You can read a self-contained novel; one with an alternate ending; or a choose-your-own adventure book.
You can steer petty criminal Niko Bellic through the nodes of GTA4’s restricted but ingenious video game structure; or follow the endlessly overlapping plot arcs of an open-structure narrative like a soap opera.
But when you strip off all the bells and whistles, these stories will be in all the important essences no different from the stories that Vladimir Propp, or the authors of the Bible, or Homer and her many co-authors, would have recognised.
(Via A&L Daily)