A slice of life is a storytelling technique that presents an arbitrary sample of a character's life. They typically do not contribute to the plot and often lack an ending. A slice of life may serve to establish a sense of connection with the character or stand out in surreal contrast in the midst of a dramatic story. The following are illustrative examples.
SeinfeldThe 1990s American comedy show Seinfeld is often described as a "show about nothing" due to its regular use of slice of life storytelling. It was particularly good at identifying social situations that were highly believable yet irrational and bizarre.
A Day in the LifeThe 1967 song A Day in the Life by the Beatles contains a slice of life that is seemingly unrelated to the rest of the song that helps to give it a dream-like quality. It begins "Woke up, fell out of bed. Dragged a comb across my head."
Haruki Murakami Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer who uses first-person narrative and characters who experience the story alongside the reader. His plots are often surreal with characters that value freedom and solitude and find their story just as strange as the reader. Murakami uses slice of life stories that have nothing to do with the plot but establish this sense that you're right there with the character.
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