Brian Yorkey Writing Styles in Next to Normal

Brian Yorkey
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Point of View

The narrative explores the points of view and experiences of all the main characters, each of them revealing at one point or another, through song and/or through confrontation, the truth and depths of their feelings, attitudes, beliefs and reactions. Diana is the character whose point of view is most frequently explored, her journeys and her struggles being placed front and center in the narrative. What makes the work so interesting, and so engaging, is not only that the points of view of the other characters are also explored, but that each of them is portrayed and/or experienced as being multifaceted, both admirable and flawed, worthy of respect and even affection as well as triggers for frustration, complication, and even resentment. This is true of the reactions of audiences and characters alike. In other words, the work's overall narrative point of view is quite objective...

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