The Snowflake: A Model for Stories with Branching Structures?

Today I was at the local bookstore. As I was looking for a copy of Homer’s Odysseia, I came accross a section dedicated to Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel-Prize winning turkish author. An illustration on the backcover of his book Kar (Snow, published in 2002) suddenly catched my attention. Here it is:

Illustration from the backcover of Orhan Pamuk's novel "Kar" (Snow, 2002)

Illustration from the backcover of Orhan Pamuk's novel Kar (Snow) dating back to the year 2002.

The cover artist combined a stylized snowflake with the names of characters and sections in the story. I don’t know wether it was Pamuk’s own idea. But suddenly I heard myself saying: “Stories are like snowflakes: They all look alike, but still each one of them is unique.”

More than that, I think a snowflake model could be useful for game writers that work on stories with “branching” structures.

2 Responses

  1. “Stories are like snowflakes: They all look alike, but still each one of them is unique.”

    Tuggy – bu muhteşem bir blog. Ich hab nur schnell drüber”gelesen”, genauso wie ich es tue, wenn ich im H&M bin: der Laserblick einer Frau weiss genau ob sich etwas im Laden findet, das gefaellt :)

    Das hier is wertvoll.

    Ich küsse Dich…
    Öz.

  2. Ha, du bisch ja scho do :) Ich dachte Du siehst das erst morgen früh oder so…

    Freut mich dass Dir mein “Online-Laden” hier gefallen hat. Er ist echt irgendwie mein Juwel im Moment. Er wiederspiegelt viel von dem Monolog in mir. Sehr wertvoll für mich. ;) Und er wird noch viel viel besser werden, echt.

    Ich hoffe yakında görüşürüz!

    Ich dich auch, Kleines, see ya!

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