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Does the indirect narration style (as in: 'Surely she was going to ask him out tomorrow.') directly fall into the classification of Narration?

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Vote to close. Why do we keep getting all the run off from English.SE? This doesn't belong here, I don't think. =| –  Ralph Gallagher Apr 14 '11 at 21:21
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Actually, I think it might be us. I just did a Google search of "indirect narration style" and it does appear to have something to do with point of view. I'm not sure what is being asked here, though. Maybe someone will answer and educate us all. ;) –  Kelly C Hess Apr 14 '11 at 21:55
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I'm a bit confused by this one, too. Too many unfamiliar words. Seems like indirect narration is pretty much what I'd call 'close third POV', but then I'm not sure what's meant by the 'classification of Narration' part. Is it -- I don't know -- are we being asked if we would classify the example phrase as dialogue or as narration? It does seem to be in a bit of a grey area between the two. But I don't know why anyone would NEED to classify things in one camp or the other... –  Kate Sherwood Apr 14 '11 at 22:12
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It was pretty clear to me that this is about writing... –  Nick Bedford Apr 15 '11 at 1:13
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What's "the classification of narration"? Is this a taxonomy question? If so, some more detail on what taxonomy we're meant to be discussing is really rather necessary. –  Standback Apr 15 '11 at 9:02
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Technically it's still the narrator (author) saying what the character may or may not be thinking so I would say yes.

In narrated films, the narrator might add their own thoughts about events here and there like this and it would fall under "narration".

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If by indirect narration you mean indirect speech, yes, I believe it is a style of third person narration. e.g. He said he would of course help. You also get free indirect speech, which is a combination of both third and first person narration by dropping the "he said" e.g. He would of course help. See here for more: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_indirect_speech

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+1 Enlightening. –  Kelly C Hess Apr 15 '11 at 1:11
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