EpicentRx Word of the Week (WOW): Diegesis

May 13, 2024

“Is it called ‘indiegesistion’ when we hear upset stomach noises in a movie or on the TV”?

Definition (noun): 1. a narration 2. the fictional world of a novel or film

Pronunciation: dahy-uh-jee-sis

Definition (adjective): anything that happens within that fictional world of a novel or film like music.

Pronunciation: dahy-uh-jet-ik

Example sentences:

“Scholars speak of two types of film music: diegetic, in which characters in a movie either perform music or listen to it (“Play it, Sam”), and non-diegetic, which is music that accompanies the film’s action—in other words, music which we hear but which the characters don’t.”

Russell Plat, “Benjamin Britten’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’,” The New Yorker, August 6, 2012

“Sure, the ways that ABBA’s songs are jammed into the diegesis only become more ridiculous as the film goes on, but that’s all part of the fun.”

Evan Amaral “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ is All You Need” The Emory Wheel

“The movie’s diegesis, that is, its storyline, is complicated.”

“An “extra-diegetic” sound is one that is heard by the audience but not the characters.”

“The diegetic narrator in the show, “Magnum, PI”, who often lets the audience in on what his “little voice” tells him, is Tom Selleck.”

Word Origin:
From the Greek word “diēgēsis,” which means “narrative.”