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04 JANUARY 2014

Story and Show Bibles: TV series pitching and reference documents

"Writers who want to pitch a TV series create a show bible. The bible contains the concept, location, bios of the characters, full episodes, synopses of potential episodes, and possibly even a pilot episode. Once the TV series is launched, the show bible is used to keep track of details about the setting and characters to preserve continuity. The show bible reminds writers about pertinent but minute facts. No doubt the writers for the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer needed to know the characteristics of each demon that Buffy fought as well as the names of her high school classmates who turned out to be vampires. It would be confusing if a student who was supposedly a vampire one season were suddenly able to see her reflection during the next season."

(Rochelle Melander, 2011, p.46)

Melander, R. (2011). "Write–A–Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It)", F+W Media.

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2011bible (guide)Buffy the Vampire Slayer • character bible • character bios • character history • consistencycontinuityepisodesfictional universehistories • keep track • living document • living inside a show • main characterpilot episode • pitch document • plotline • preserve continuity • production document • progressive design • reference document • Rochelle Melander • screenwriters • series pitch • show biblesoap opera • story bible • story breakdown • story concept • story location • story outline • story setting • synopsis • television seriesTV series • types of bibles • updated as a series progresses • world of the storywriters

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2008

World-building in Urban Fantasy

"Urban Fantasy came into popularity in the early 1980's and has continued to expand and gain a devoted readership. Although certain conventions of early Urban Fantasy have changed, such as the world model and narrative style, the multifarious nature of the genre has not. Often defined as fantasy for those who do not like fantasy, Urban Fantasy attracts an audience from many diverse reading backgrounds because it does not use a straight Fantasy narrative formula as its label implies. In fact, aside from employing magic and myth, Urban Fantasy is not exceedingly similar to traditional Fantasy because it employs a realistic rather than imagined setting. Although contemporary, the grittier side of the urban location more closely resembles that of Dark Fantasy, which combines elements of the fantastic with Horror. A recent article from the Library Journal, titled – The City Fantastic, claims – contemporary Urban Fantasy started as an offshoot of horror fiction rather than sf [science fiction]/fantasy (Donohue, par. 6). And still other critics of the genre maintain that it owes much of its conventions to Crime fiction. With so many contributors, at least one certainty can be ascertained– Urban Fantasy is not rooted in a single genre, but in many, borrowing different popular fiction conventions to build a unique but relatable storyworld."
(Julie Saffel p.65)

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Buffy • Buffy the Vampire Slayercrime fictionfantasyfictiongenrehorrornarrativesci-fistoryworldurban • urban fantasy • vampireworld of the storyworld-building

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
23 MAY 2008

What KateModern did next

"Billed as a cross between Buffy and Skins, the supernatural drama''s second series killed off its main character in January, and now everyone is a suspect. KateModern is the brainchild of the team behind LonelyGirl15, an American web–based video series that was initially thought to be the video blog of a real person, until the writers admitted it was fictional.

This blurring of fiction and reality, with unknown actors wandering round with hand–held cameras and audience participation, is being hailed as the future of drama. It is cheap, has a quick turnaround, and, in its brand integration (Apple iMacs, for example, are everywhere) is self–funding outside the confines of conventional advertising."
(The Guardian, March 3 2008)

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2007Buffy the Vampire Slayerdrama • KateModern • LonelyGirl15mediumonline dramaparticipationprogressive designself-funded • Skins (television) • web serieswebisode

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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