Sunday, April 13, 2014

Word of the Day: diegesis

What's "the word I'm thinking of"? Today, it's...

diegesis [die-uh-JEE-sis] (noun) diegetic [die-uh-JET-ik] (adjective)

A narrative; in film studies, the fictional world, milieu, or universe in which the story takes place

"'We're going to have to add some diegetic harpsichord to make that damn scene work,' the director mumbled."

That music you hear while watching TV or a film, which the characters in the story don't hear, serves a diegetic purpose: to tell you what you should be feeling or how you should interpret a scene on an emotional level. But you already knew that, right? Queue the wah-wah.


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