Stories told backward?
December 19, 2011 1:53 PM Subscribe
What are some books or movies where the story is essentially told backwards? Ideally, ones that put a big initial event at the end of the narrative.
posted by gottabefunky to Media & Arts (51 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Technically it would be reverse chronology
, but most of these examples
seem to put a big final event at the beginning, then work their way toward it in normal linear sequence.
I'm looking for stories that would start with a bang, if told in chronological order, but instead work toward (or back to) this event over the course of the narrative, so they end with a bang instead, in a more standard rising action-climax-denouement dramatic arc.
is an obvious example, but that's a little more gimmicky than what I have in mind. Are there any examples of not-so-contrived ways to do this?