Here’s a quick look at one aspect of fash­ion­ing a tril­o­gy: whether each indi­vid­ual install­ment is a tale or a sto­ry. A tale is a lin­ear pro­gres­sion that both makes sense log­i­cal­ly, step by step, and also makes sense emo­tion­al­ly, mood to mood. If any steps are miss­ing or if it jumps from one mood to an inap­pro­pri­ate one that just doesn’t fol­low, then the tale ceas­es to func­tion. But, if all the steps and moods are pro­gres­sive and con­sis­tent, then the tale will work and the mean­ing or mes­sage (as in a fairy tale) is whether the tales lin­ear path is a good one or a bad one by com­par­ing the begin­ning situation/​feeling to the end­ing one. A sto­ry is a more com­plex form, though not nec­es­sar­i­ly a more pow­er­ful one – dif­fer­ent in struc­ture, but equal­ly effec­tive in audi­ence impact. If a tale can be said to pro­claim that a giv­en path is inde­pen­dent­ly a good or bad one, a sto­ry pur­ports that a giv­en path is either the best or the worst of all that might rea­son­ably have been tak­en. To do this, rather that just show­ing the one path and its out­come, all oth­er paths […]