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    Anthologies

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by TheSerpantofNar, Oct 18, 2013.

    I have been thinking about just writing a horror anthology. Issue is I am confused can it be one writer or multiple writers that write the stories?
     
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    If it is one writer, then it is called a collection. If it is many writers, then it is called an anthology. :)
     
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    Ahhh I see :)
     
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    yup!... that's right...
     
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    So technically I would write a collection. The reason I was confused is due to HBO doing a anthology series. But it's just being written by one writer so I was confused as to the meaning. It's written by Nic Pizzolatto and it's called "True Detective".
     
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    Well today I learned something
     
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    i strongly suspect that whoever called that 'series' an 'anthology' didn't know one from the other... the error may have stemmed from the series' intent to focus on a different team of detectives each season...

    if each season will also be written by a different writer/team, then it would be an 'anthology'... but if it will all be the work of one writer, then it's just a 'series'...
     
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    Then that makes pretty much every series on TV an anthology, but this particular "anthology" one of the few true series. :D
     
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    It appears the word anthology is rather twisted in TV :)
     
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    ok, so it's true that most [if not all] tv series are written by writing teams, as that's the nature of the beast, michael...

    but what i said was in reference only to the new series mentioned above, which will feature a completely different cast of characters and a new, completely different continuing storyline for each succeeding season, unlike the 'normal' series that follows the same set of characters for years, as they deal with the various cases they become involved with... so it's not really the same thing... sort of a winesap and delicious divergence, being not quite apples and oranges...
     
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    if there are multiple writers of a story, it is called anthology. If there is only one writer who has written the entire season, it is a series.
     
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    that's not accurate in re tv series, megha... virtually all series have teams of writers, even if one writer is the 'creator' and writes some episodes and oversees the writing of all of them... but even with writing teams generating the episodes, a 'series' is still not an 'anthology' if the same character/s is/are featured in every episode...

    an ongoing tv show/'series' would be an 'anthology' only if it's like 'the twilight zone' or 'outer limits' and their ilk, which feature a completely different story with different main characters in every episode...
     
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    Tales from the crypt was a anthology.
     
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    It COULD be that it's an anthology because it uses a different set of characters and situations per episode or season? Maybe? :)
     
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    no 'maybe' about it... 'tales from the crypt' is one of the 'ilk' i referred to:

     
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    Whoa. That is a distinction that I, and probably many of friends, did not know at all. Learn something new here every time I visit. :D
     
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    all new writers would do well to download a 'writers/publishers glossary' to study and refer to, when issues like this need clarification... google for that in " " and you'll find a plethora of same... it'll save a lot of time and keep you from embarassing yourself when you write query letters and use the wrong term...

    hugs, m
     
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