- 1 Post By Anglika
a long sentence
i just read a sentence from today's newspaper:
what's the meaning of "are to" and "concise stories are to the novel"?
The deft, 20-odd vignette episodes are to
TV narrative what Alan Bennett's concise stories are to the novel
, homing in each week on a chapter of Belle's profession and personal life.
I feel very uncomfortably when i read this....sigh....
could anyone give me a hand here?
thanks a lot~~~~~~~~~
Re: a long sentence
Welcome to the forums.
It is a phrase indicating a form of relationship.
Alan Bennett's concise stories bear the same relationship to a novel [a long narrative] as a short story [a short narrative] does. They are both narratives but one is extensive, the other is concentrated.
So whatever the TV series is, it contains a sequence of individual episodes linked by a character, whereas "TV narrative" will be a continuous sequence based on a character. Both are TV series, but one has an ongoing theme and the other is single episodes about a character.
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