What's the difference between a SAGA and a STORY ARC? Explain Please?

Could I say that an entire show is a 'saga', and each season is a 'story arc' within that saga?

Or is a saga just like one episode or a small portion of an episode?

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  • Marco
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    4 months ago
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    A story arc is a story line which occurs over multiple installments of a story (it doesn't necessarily have to be multiple installments, for example, Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail can be viewed as a series of medieval sketches with a single story arc connecting the sketches). So, for example, each episode of the Mandalorian has it's own story, but there is an overall story which unfolds as you watch the whole first season. That is the story arc. It is a devise which keeps watchers or readers interested throughout the story. It's the device that makes you say "I have to watch this next episode to find out." 

    A saga is long involved tale. So, Lord of the Rings is a saga. It's a long involved story with a great story arc. 

    So, saga, just refers to the story itself. The arc involves the continuity of how the story is pieced together. 

  • 4 months ago

    A saga is an epic tale. A story arc is a plotline that follows one specific aspect or conflict in a story.

  • 4 months ago

    Definition of saga

    1 : a prose narrative recorded in Iceland in the 12th and 13th centuries of historic or legendary figures and events of the heroic age of Norway and Iceland

    2 : a modern heroic narrative resembling the Icelandic saga

    3 : a long detailed account a saga of the Old South also : a dramatic and often complicated story or series of events

    For many people, the process caps an already lengthy immigration saga … — Nora Caplan-Bricker

    A federal appeals court hears arguments Tuesday in the legal saga of two film producers fighting long prison terms and prosecutions … — Jordan S. RubinThat would depend on whether the show has a structure that fits the definition of sage, relatively few fictional series' do.

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