"Screenplay and Narrative Theory: The Screenplectics Model of Complex Narrative Systems” investigates the cognitive thought processes and the fundamental underlying mechanics and dynamics of narrative. It is published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, and it can be found on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.


"Screenplay and Narrative Theory" draws attention to the notion that in order to comprehend compex narrative dynamics a more comprehensive theory of narrative is required, such as the proposed Screenplectics. The book explains how a work of narrative, i.e. screenplay or novel, functions synergistically and systemically and elucidates the heuristic problem-solving mechanisms that are employed in various structural levels of thought processes, which allow the coherent accumulative derivate we call a story to emerge.


“One of [Varotsis's] concerns is moving beyond a 'story grammar' perspective toward a 'plot-algorithm' perspective. Plot algorithms allow the screenwriter, or creators of narrative, to analyze and account for more complex narratives. The volume includes numerous figures, story sequences, and graphs that map out visually—and elucidate—the aspects of narrative or plot algorithms the author describes. . . [T]he author engage[s] productively with the works of a number of important narrative and film theorists, placing the work here in clear dialogue with others. Summing Up: Recommended." -  (CHOICE)

“In this premier and pioneering study, Varotsis deftly weaves through the great thinkers of film and narrative theory—while grabbing insights from cognitive science—to unzip screenplay writing and examine the brains of those masterful homo fabers that take us into new transformative spaces. Take a leap with this one—you’ll take flight!” — Professor Frederick Aldama, Ohio State University


Screenplay and Narrative Theory