|Google image from the TV series|
It's the literary device of telling your story by going backwards and forwards in time. Yes, there are some writers who do it very well, but I've got tired of this particular style of writing. I can just about stomach a mysterious Prologue (that of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a case in point - remember all those flower pictures on the wall?) But preferably, give me a good story that starts at the beginning and carries on to a satisfactory end, with some good plotting and characterisation and easy enough to read so that I don't keep having to go back to a previous chapter to clarify the situation (possibly 50 years in the future or the past in the next). The same applies to film. I've been watching "The Honorable Woman", starring Maggie Gyllenhall, which currently airs on one of our satellite channels. The credits which roll at the beginning of the first episode flash tiny bits of the entire story-to-come, which at a guess will probably be about 8 x 1 1/2 hour parts. They are so confusing though clearly meant to be tantalising - the same technique is applied during the actual episodes - that several of my friends gave up watching altogether after the first or second episode. I have stuck it out until the 5th part and am finally sorting out who is who and what is really going on. Still, I have watched with a constant feeling of frustration throughout. Anyone agree?