Ordinary World Research

Today I started looking my selected pages for Ordinary World; starting off by starting at the beginning of the chapter to give myself context, I then wrote notes for my own pages. People were saying I had too much notes, so i tried to condense down the important bits to me in highlighter. Personally for me writing it down was a good way i could understand the information. Also I didn’t have to then refer to the book when my book is at hand.

So (hopefully I got this right) this is what each section is in brief:

Hero’s Lack 

This is common amongst fairy tales, the hero is lacking something or someone. This could be:

  • A personality trait or skill
  • The loss of a family member or friend
  • A missing/ kidnapped friend or family member

This is effective as the audience sympathises with the hero. The story usually (not always) follows the hero trying to regain this lacking and when its restored which results in the common fairy tale cliche “They lived happily ever after”

Tragic Flaws

The hero has admirable qualities except one which is their fatal flaw. This is often arrogance or pride. (sounds like Iron Man all over!) The hero’s fatal flaw leads their inability to listen to instructions and advice which ultimately leads to their destruction. Known as ‘Hamartia’ 

Wounded Heroes

This hero could seem normal but hides an internal secret. This could be emotional, physical, mental etc. and could be just between the writer and hero or expressed to the audience. Often the story is the journey to repair the wounds established by the hero.

Establishing What’s at Stake

The audience needs to know early on what are the stakes, What has the hero got to lose or gain and what will happen if he or she loses. What will happen to the world the population? (basically all the external factors) Often scripts fail because the stakes aren’t high enough!

Backstory & Exposition

Back story: Information relevant to the characters
Exposition: Information relevant to the plot line

Backstory and exposition are important as it gives audience context however it’s about how both are revealed, its often the hardest part of scripts to convey. However using blunt  exposition in the form of a “Harry the narrator” character leads to the point and directly tells the audience whats happening. Exposition and backstory can be revealed gradually and can leave the audience trying to put pieces of information together like a puzzle. This makes it more interesting to watch.


The theme is the premise; set before and determine the future course of story. if you had to condense the story down to a few words or a sentence what would it say? Love conquers all, friendship, trust etc.

The theme determines the dialogue, actions and plot line, the story should always refer back to the theme.

Now i have the basic idea of what they are, time to apply it!


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