Friday, November 25, 2005

Milieu Stories

In some stories the milieu is sketchy, while in others it is presented in great detail. A milieu story is a story about its milieu.

Examples of milieu stories are:
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through a Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
    The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Canyon Walls by Zane Grey
  • Bullet Park by Jonathan Cheever
  • The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
A milieu story could focus on the moral sphere of action within that milieu. Some literary fiction does so. Such a story might explore the inner landscapes of suburban life. But most milieu stories are set in a strange world. Then again, some milieu stories are pure milieu stories, and some emphasize milieu but develop other elements of the story as well. In the latter there's also a strong story line, and the reader absorbs the milieu indirectly through it.

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