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One narrative mechanism that offers the potential for the audience to feel truly transported into another world, familiar or unfamiliar as it may be, is having someone in the story to represent our perspective. This is an old trick of fiction: insert a Nick Carraway-type person for other characters to confide in, and through these interactions we are able to learn about other, more important or interesting characters who are eager to spill their guts to someone who will just sit there and listen to them for a minute. They come alive knowing they have an audience.

Granted, they typically don’t know how large an audience they have, since in the case of a movie, the talkative character’s audience will be as large as the number of people watching the movie. In the context of the story, the moments between the speaker and the listener enjoy a state »

- Darren Ruecker

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