J10 Big Fish - The story is told in an omniscient format that the reader accepts as objective The entire story may be experienced with the same

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English 106, Bousquet Big Fish : Journal #10 4/11/07 Neil Gaiman’s novel, Neverwhere , and Tim Burton’s film, Big Fish , both take on fantasy elements and run with them. Each unfolds by alternating between two versions of reality: one being the reality with which we are familiar and a second one containing fantastical elements. In Neverwhere , London Below is an alternative universe and a parallel world happening in the same time frame as London Above. In Big Fish , the action alternates between a present reality with a family and a dying man and flashbacks of the man’s life related as tall tales. Because Neverwhere is a science fiction novel, the reader goes into the story expecting that, at times, the author will depart from reality and include supernatural elements. The whole story happens in the present tense, and although the world of London Below is strange, the reader has no reason to not believe in its possibility.
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Unformatted text preview: The story is told in an omniscient format that the reader accepts as objective. The entire story may be experienced with the same frame of mind, one that must be willing to accept the unrealities and enjoy. In Big Fish , the context for the life stories of Edward Bloom is his disbelieving son. The action shifts from the present where someone is telling a story, into a flashback where fantasy seems to take over. Because there is the switch back and forth between these two worlds, the viewer is constantly aware of their separation. Finally, at the end of the film, some of the characters from Edward’s stories appear at his funeral, although slightly different from how he’s described them. Karl is not really a giant, but a very tall man, and Ping and Jing are twins, but not conjoined. This ending suggests that there was some element of truth to Edward’s stories, but that they were significantly enhanced....
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