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Storytelling Industries

Narrative Production in the 21st Century

Authors: Smith, Anthony N.

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  • Uniquely combines approaches from both media industries and narrative theory to make a significant contribution to debates around medium specificity
  • Analyses a wide range of globally popular series and franchises from across media, including Batman, Star Wars, Grand Theft Auto, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones
  • Speaks to students and academic professionals within film studies, games studies, comics studies and television studies 
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This book shows how the unique characteristics of traditionally differentiated media continue to determine narrative despite the recent digital convergence of media technologies. The author argues that media are now each largely defined by distinctive industrial practices that continue to preserve their identities and condition narrative production. Furthermore, the book demonstrates how a given medium’s variability in institutional and technological contexts influences diverse approaches to storytelling. By connecting US film, television, comic book and video game industries to their popular fictional characters and universes; including Star Wars, Batman, Game of Thrones and Grand Theft Auto; the book identifies how differences in industrial practice between media inform narrative production. This book is a must read for students and scholars interested in transmedia storytelling. 

About the authors

Anthony N. Smith is Lecturer in Television Theory at the University of Salford, UK. He has published articles in New Media & Society, Television & New Media and Critical Studies in Television, and is also co-editor of Storytelling in the Media Convergence Age: Exploring Screen Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).


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“This is an impressive study, drawing on significant archival resources, that dazzles with the breadth of knowledge of different fields, … to simplify occasionally.” (Elke Weissmann, Critical Studies in Television, Vol. 14 (1), 2019)


“At a time when most scholars seem preoccupied with the fading borders between different media platforms and industries, Anthony Smith's book provides a rich and much-needed reminder about the importance of categorising media in boxes. Smith's book delves into the kinds of unique narrative trends that have emerged in television, comics, videogames and beyond, tracing how particular contexts of production and platform have led to specific opportunities to tell stories.” (Matthew Freeman, Reader in Transmedia Communication, Bath Spa University, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Smith, Anthony N.

  • Narratives in the Media Convergence Era: The Industrial Dimensions of Medium Specificity

    Pages 11-49

    Smith, Anthony N.

  • Economic Specificity in Narrative Design: The Business of Television Drama Storytelling

    Pages 51-131

    Smith, Anthony N.

  • Audience Specificity in Narrative Design: Comic-Book Storytelling in the Inclusivity Era

    Pages 133-194

    Smith, Anthony N.

  • Technological Specificity in Narrative Design: Story-Driven Videogame Series in an Upgrade Culture

    Pages 195-247

    Smith, Anthony N.

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70597-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70596-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-09971-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Storytelling Industries
Book Subtitle
Narrative Production in the 21st Century
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70597-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70597-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70596-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09971-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 266
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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