Plot Twists: An Illustrated Diagram of Narrative Structures

Great stories are distinguished not only by their characters, but how their yarns are spun — a quality that artist Eduardo Salles explores with his diagrams of “Nudos Narrativos,” or, “Narrative Knots.” His chart cleverly reimagines the writings of Paulo Coelho, James Joyce, and, yup, all us Twitter peeps, in a way that can be understood by any lover of literature, regardless of language.

About Jenn

Jenn's first career aspiration was to be a dinosaur. After her kindergarten teacher informed her that couldn't happen, she decided she would be the next best thing: a writer. Aside from writing, Jenn loves chambray shirts, all cacti, and good typography.

5 Responses to Plot Twists: An Illustrated Diagram of Narrative Structures

  1. Amber (un petit fauve) 06/15/2011 at 4:42 pm #

    This made my day! I love it when I get to see a little bit of literary nerdage on Modcloth. :)

    http://unpetitfauve.wordpress.com/

  2. Sunita 06/16/2011 at 10:28 am #

    The English professor in me is delighted!

  3. bethany 06/16/2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Can I just say, as a writer and lover of your clothing and your excellent PR and marketing work, I love that you reach out to literary nerds like us on a regular basis. And really, girls of all interests in general. To me, writing and reading are at the core of who I am, and I like to reflect it in everything, even the way I dress. I come to you as a style source and literary amusement, which I love.

    • Jenn (ModCloth) 06/16/2011 at 6:42 pm #

      Aww, thank you for this sweet comment, Bethany! I passed this on to all of our writers and marketing folks, and we’re all tickled pink. We’re so happy to hear all of that, especially since we’re big bibliophiles ourselves (you should see our office’s ModLibrary — it’s stuffed to the brim with magazines, journals, and books!).

  4. Carissa 06/16/2011 at 4:25 pm #

    This really made me smile, especially the Rowling knot :)

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