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    a long sentence

    hi guys,

    i just read a sentence from today's newspaper:

    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.
    what's the meaning of "are to" and "concise stories are to the novel"?

    I feel very uncomfortably when i read this....sigh....

    could anyone give me a hand here?

    thanks a lot~~~~~~~~~


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    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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    Re: a long sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    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.
    Thank you so much, Anglika !!

    Now i got it.....

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