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    What does "expositional" mean?

    Hi, I recently wrote a play and was told that my dialogue was too "expositional" - what does this mean?

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    Re: What does "expositional" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by blocpartier View Post
    Hi, I recently wrote a play and was told that my dialogue was too "expositional" - what does this mean?

    Thank you,
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    Do you have a dictionary? If not, you should bookmark this page: OneLook Dictionary Search
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    Re: What does "expositional" mean?

    It probably means that you're presenting the plot and themes, etc. far too obviously in your dialogue.
    "Ah, Freddy, here you are, come to visit me for the long weekend with four of your young friends, to celebrate my 80th birthday in this ancient castle, thought to be haunted."
    "Yes, Uncle Alfonse. Who knows what the outcome might be, especially between Alice and Mary, who are in a love triangle with Mark. Still, I suppose it will be safe with Lurch, the butler, who is known to keep a very attentive eye on guests."

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    Re: What does "expositional" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It probably means that you're presenting the plot and themes, etc. far too obviously in your dialogue.
    "Ah, Freddy, here you are, come to visit me for the long weekend with four of your young friends, to celebrate my 80th birthday in this ancient castle, thought to be haunted."
    "Yes, Uncle Alfonse. Who knows what the outcome might be, especially between Alice and Mary, who are in a love triangle with Mark. Still, I suppose it will be safe with Lurch, the butler, who is known to keep a very attentive eye on guests."
    What an incredibly creative answer! (I may get in trouble for this, but a "like" click wouldn't have done it justice.)

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