After reading the same story presented by different kinds of ways on the website ’99 ways to tell a story’, I find three of them particularly interesting to me.
The first one is called Exercise in Style. It is one of the few which were drawn with colors. I find it attractive to me because it has dramatized the whole story to give me a strong visual shock by drawing and painting. In the pictures, we can see that it was painted by sharp colors like yellow and red. It has exaggerated some objects such as the endless staircase and the facial expressions and actions of the characters by using a large amount of shadows. It has also dramatized the dialogues by using block letters, the shape of the dialogue box and exaggerating content of the dialogues like ‘DEAR GOD! I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!!’ These elements are the keys to grab my attention.
The second one is Humor. Just as what the title has stated, this tale is presented with a sense of humor by making good use of caricature. We can see that the characters are drawn to be more cartoon like than the rest which is more outstandingly interesting to me because the cartoon drawing is really accord with the purpose of the story which is presenting it in a funnier way to entertain the audience. Besides, it is clever to adjust a bit of the story to make it more humorous and different from the others in order to achieve the purpose.
The third one that I have chosen is Voyeur. To me, it is worth mentioning because it provides the readers with a very interesting angle to understand a tale which is the way I have never experienced before, not only in understanding a tale, but also in real life. In fact, according to the pictures, it is not very clear to see what exactly the characters are saying and doing. However, I think it is smart to present it in this way because it can make the situation more real and exciting. Once the readers can only see some parts about what is happening inside the house, their curiosity and attention will be promptly aroused so that they will be more likely to feel excited by the experience of being a voyeur. At least I think it is successful to arouse my interest.
Actually, I am quite surprised that there are many creative ways to present one story. And then I realize that only if we think out of the box, can we always create something which is out of our anticipation. This is a really interesting task to me.