TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

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TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby Liz » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:24 pm

Discuss the use of flashbacks. Was it a help or a hindrance? Did it enhance or detract from the story?
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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby Theresa » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:36 pm

Enhanced...definitely enhanced.

The story needed the information provided in the flashbacks. I can't imagine Ann trying to write the story from actual childhood to adulthood, so flashbacks were the only way to go. I got to watching for the telltale "..." to let me know we were about to get a glimpse into the characters' pasts, to see why they behaved as they did in their present.

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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby Jackslady » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:18 pm

I very much enjoyed the flashbacks and really admire Ann's skill in stitching the complex tapestry of the story together.

I think the flashbacks allowed vivid glimpses into Jack's past, whilst removing the necessity for a sort of chronological plod through his timeline. I particularly love how we are given so much more information about Jack - and yet - tantalising mysteries and questions remain, such as how he met Tia Dalma and why she gave him the compass. We still have no idea who his mother was, nor why Teague finds him irritating. I enjoy not knowing everything, as well as learning more, if that makes any sense!

I have read novels employing flashbacks that I have really disliked, finding the idea clumsy and sometimes unnecessary, but here I thought the balance was perfect. And it felt like a treat having two stories in one!
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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby nebraska » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:38 pm

I agree, I thought the flashback sequences were well written and very necessary in telling such a complex story.

I kind of wish the opening sequence had been real time rather than a flashback, however. That threw me a little bit off balance. On the other hand, my much-admired opening of OST was actually a flashback . :hypnotic:

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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:16 pm

I agree with what has been said so far. It was a good way to tell the story although I have to say occasionally I got lost in the flashback and was slapped back to reality at the end of the sequence. :lol:
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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby SnoopyDances » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:29 pm

I thought the flashbacks were quite effectively here. Generally, I'm not a big fan of flashbacks...I like to see the story move forward, not backward.

But I thought Ann used the flashbacks very well....just enough back story to wet your appetite, then it would jump back to the present and you found yourself wanting to know more.

I agree with you, DITHOT. I would just be getting caught up in the flashback, then we were thrust forward again. I thought, "Oh yeah, this is the story, that was the flashback!"

Very well played, Ann! :applause2:

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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby fireflydances » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:51 pm

Definitely enhanced. Great way to get information into the story and further round out the characters, give us their far past.
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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby Liz » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:17 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote: It was a good way to tell the story although I have to say occasionally I got lost in the flashback and was slapped back to reality at the end of the sequence. :lol:

:lol: And I couldn’t always tell until a couple of pages in that we were in the past again.

But that’s OK because I still think that they were necessary, and I always looked forward to when they would appear again. :bounce:
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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby ladylinn » Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:40 pm

I think Ann did a great job with the flashbacks as it completed the story. Altho I must admit that at times I had to stop and figure out whether I was going forward or backward. But that is just me!! :lol:

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Re: TPOF Question #13 - Flashbacks

Unread postby Liz » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:10 pm

ladylinn wrote:I think Ann did a great job with the flashbacks as it completed the story. Altho I must admit that at times I had to stop and figure out whether I was going forward or backward. But that is just me!! :lol:

Nope, not just you. Me too. :lol:
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