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Visualizing Characters and Storylines in Literature, TV and Movies

I’ve been interested in visually representing characters and plots in books, TV series and movies for years. I’ve got several projects in work in various stages, but I hadn’t ever collected examples I’ve found into one place. Until now. Here’s a very small list of examples of how others have chosen to visually represent characters or storylines.

Over at Visualizing.org, Accurat asked the question:

Is it possible to visualize the development of the character of Commissario Montalbano throughout all of the 19 novels written by Andrea Camilleri?

I really like the clean style of their information graphic as opposed to the ever so popular over-adorned “[infographics]” that have taken over the web lately.

Way back in 2009 xkcd mapped out character interactions over time for Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, 12 Angry Men and Primer.

The fantastic Italian information designer Francesco Franchi presented his attempt at translating classic literature non-linearly through maps and graphics in his Letturatura Graphica. Franchi says,

The goal is to produce synoptic maps that allow the relationships between the elements of literary narrative to be seen, and specifically, to show complex relationships in a more easily understood way using linear forms.

A couple of others worth pointing out:

Pulp Fiction in Chronological Order

Designer Noah Smith’s attempt to simplify the complex plot twists and turns of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction via a flow chart.

Great Gatsby

A relationships diagram of the characters in the classic, The Great Gatsby.

 

If you have additional examples of visually representing characters or storylines in literature, TV series or movies, just add a comment.