The media is a vast realm in which so many different platforms of presentation take hold. Videos, images, text, or a combination of all of these. The one thing they all seem to have in common; is a beginning, a middle and thus, an ending. What happens when you mix the chronological order of events? The message changes.
Perhaps the best example of this is Quentin Tarantino’s film, Pulp Fiction.
While the plot definitely contains significant events, it’s fair to say that the appeal would not be nearly as evident without the non-linear sequence.
As viewers, our interest is held purely because of our confusion, “How come Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta are both wearing ridiculous t-shirts, when just moments ago they were clad in their best suits?” or more importantly, “Why is John Travolta alive?”
Questions like these, alongside the mix up of characters spread across the story line, it’s the kind of movie you want to re-watch over and over again, until you get it just right.
Here is a prezi presentation that I put together to outline the basic chronological order of events in Pulp Fiction. Based on this fairly boring presentation, you will see how the overall message of the film has been altered. The message that Tarantino originally wanted within his non-linear sequence, no longer exists.