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How do you feel about doing things non-chronologically?
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Not really, but it depends on the content. Certain things would just be confusing if you went out of order. Like the Game of Thrones series. However, the episodes for Star Wars The Clone Wars are all out of place chronologically. Yet, cause of the content it's hardly recognize and you can usually start at whatever episode you feel, with only the last 2-3 seasons being in actually order since they are closer to Revenge of the Sith.
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Well..... When I want to get into something, I want to go by order. I can live with reading the second part of the series by accident but I always feel that I must start from the beginning.
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It bugs me and I'm not sure why, it even bugs me when other people do it.
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Answer: It depends.

Sometimes, the plot flows better in a non-standard order. Examples include Pulp Fiction. Putting Pulp Fiction into chronological order makes it less of a movie. For whatever reason, the plot works better in the out of chronological order it's been placed. Other times, stories begin in the middle of the plot and flash back to get you up to speed. It's a plot device called In medias res. In that regard, yes - the plot is intended to be out of chronological order. In either case that I mention, you'll notice, the story was design specifically to be done out of chronological order. That said, if a story was meant to be viewed in chronological order - I'll always try to watch/read it that way.
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=_= Monogatari series is a good example, how non-chronological series ironically becomes horribly nice.

it was a hype at first but then i just gave up watching cuz it's too troublesome to be stressed of what happened in the past, and after watching the past event after finishing the current one, then you'll just know there's another event that happened in the middle of the past and present... i just.,.. #ugh too many pasts
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Aurora3500 wrote:

If series A which has 3 books is made then a series B with another 3 books is made after Series A and it takes place in Series A's universe but 100 years in the future with different main characters and maybe one or two returning side characters/ groups I don't mind reading series B before Series A. Since I don't need to understand Series A characters to appreciate the characters of Series B. And still learn about the universe that both series take place in. (An example would be reading the Lord of the Rings Trilogy before the Hobbit)

A direct sequel that takes place right after a game or book's story is something I have a problem with doing out of order. As an example I would never read book 2 of Series B before book 1 of Series B since the books are part of a connected story that need to be read in sequence to understand the story and characters.

Going by this rule it bothers me to read manga volumes out of order. Or to watch season 3 of a show before watching the 1st 2 seasons (Unless they consist completely of filler)

Another problem is when there is a lot of time jumping where the story starts in the future than goes to the past suddenly then to the present, back to the past further into the past back into the present and so on.


I feel like that's a bad example, since characters and plot devices are carried over (the start of LotR being about Frodo being all "wtf, y u so cray-cray uncle Bilbo, doin' adventures and whatnot, just chill in your hobbit-hole like the rest of us" and receiving the ring from Bilbo's adventure, then getting sucked into an adventure of his own by Gandalf, just like Bilbo. Sure, it still makes sense, but you're missing out on some of the story and the reasoning behind character's actions. Not that I can provide a better example, other than maybe Discworld, where reading the books out of order isn't so bad since the plots tend to change a lot and even though characters are carried over between some books e.g. Night Watch series, you don't have to have read the Witches series to get what's going on.

That said, I do sometimes like the shows which jump around in time as long as it's internally consistent. It can add to the show.
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Posted 9/5/14
I find those people stupid. It's not that difficult to complete the first part first. But to each their own, I guess..
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AiYumega wrote:

Yeah no I never do that.

Listening to a band for the first time, I listen to the first song on their first album. Obviously, I start shows from the start. Reading manga always read Vol. 1 first. Comics is kind of hard, but I try to at least read something from the earlier time so I know what's going on.

Even when I taught myself Japanese, rather than start with full phrases I started with one word things and numbers because I felt that it chronologically would come before it. It makes some sense. It was a lot easier too...That's why I hated learning Spanish in school because they'd always start it off with the least useful sentences known to man, like "Where is my tophat" or something equally absurd, and it made it seem futile. /rant



"Where is my tophat?"
Damn, how outdated *are* the books at your school??

On topic, it's something I usually avoid. I don't mind making an exception for video games, necessarily. It can be difficult to find the old ones and a lot of times they don't age very gracefully. Also, game designers often take into account that players might not have played the previous game. Playing the second Knights of the Old Republic without having finished the first, though, was interesting... I had no idea what the hell was going on most of the story, which was perfect because your character was supposed to have amnesia.
Posted 9/5/14

ahatestory wrote:


AiYumega wrote:

Yeah no I never do that.

Listening to a band for the first time, I listen to the first song on their first album. Obviously, I start shows from the start. Reading manga always read Vol. 1 first. Comics is kind of hard, but I try to at least read something from the earlier time so I know what's going on.

Even when I taught myself Japanese, rather than start with full phrases I started with one word things and numbers because I felt that it chronologically would come before it. It makes some sense. It was a lot easier too...That's why I hated learning Spanish in school because they'd always start it off with the least useful sentences known to man, like "Where is my tophat" or something equally absurd, and it made it seem futile. /rant



"Where is my tophat?"
Damn, how outdated *are* the books at your school??


At least 20 years behind the rest of the world. And that was 10 years ago.
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Posted 9/5/14

AiYumega wrote:


ahatestory wrote:


AiYumega wrote:

Yeah no I never do that.

Listening to a band for the first time, I listen to the first song on their first album. Obviously, I start shows from the start. Reading manga always read Vol. 1 first. Comics is kind of hard, but I try to at least read something from the earlier time so I know what's going on.

Even when I taught myself Japanese, rather than start with full phrases I started with one word things and numbers because I felt that it chronologically would come before it. It makes some sense. It was a lot easier too...That's why I hated learning Spanish in school because they'd always start it off with the least useful sentences known to man, like "Where is my tophat" or something equally absurd, and it made it seem futile. /rant



"Where is my tophat?"
Damn, how outdated *are* the books at your school??


At least 20 years behind the rest of the world. And that was 10 years ago.


Nice... actually, my books for French seemed a bit outdated too. I could be mistaken though, maybe the French were really into 70s styles in the 90s. And maybe peanut butter was really considered a luxury, too. Maybe it still is!
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I used to read tons of D&D novels (my literary candy ) and I'd spend nearly as much time keeping track of the chronology as I did actually reading.
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