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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
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