2

What is it when an author starts the book with a future event, goes on for maybe a paragraph or a page, then stops and returns to the present?

3
  • You might have better luck on r/tipofmytongue. Identification questions are rarely helpful to future visitors. Jan 16, 2021 at 5:35
  • 1
    For the downvoters: How would "research" answer this question when one doesn't have access to some rare volume listing literary techniques?
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 16, 2021 at 13:59
  • @HotLicks Agreed. This is one of the less appealing aspects of the site. I am tempted to ask for an old word for "a drop of mucus on the nose" and see if the downvoters argue successfully that I could have done successful research first.
    – Anton
    Jan 16, 2021 at 16:54

2 Answers 2

3

This is an initial Flash-forward or prolepsis. The device may be used at any point in a tale (except at the end) and applies to your context.

A flash-forward (or prolepsis, also sometimes known as a flash-ahead) in a narrative occurs when the primary sequence of events in a story is interrupted by the interjection of a scene representing an event expected, projected, or imagined to occur at a later time. The flash-forward technique is used less frequently than its reverse, the flashback, or the flash-sideways.

LostPedia

You may also like

foreshadowing : an indication of what is to come

"If the history of the world were a novel, the events so strikingly chronicled in the photographs in this book … would seem a foreshadowing of the recent events …"

Merriam Webster

0

Narrative hook.

In medias res.

Non-linear storytelling.

Framing device.

1
  • 2
    You should include definitions for each of these terms. Jan 16, 2021 at 12:53

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.