It's All in How You Frame It
The medium of radio allows Adventures in Odyssey to experiment with a number of framing devices. Here are some of the framing devices Odyssey has utilized.
Diary/Journal Entry - An Odyssey character journals about a story. The text of the diary/journal entry serves as narration.
Show-within-a-show - The events of a show (e.g. another radio show, a TV show, a play) within the Odyssey universe forms the core of the episode.
- 035: V.B.S. Blues - The sketch-within-a-show variation. The sketch is of a Bible story.
Telling a Story - An Odyssey character tells a story. It may be about other Odyssey characters, biblical figures, or other fictional (or meta-fictional, if you want) characters. The story is dramatized and forms the core of the episode.
- 005: Gifts for Madge and Guy - Whit narrates an O. Henry story.
- 008: Dental Dilemma - A mother shares a story about her kids with Whit.
- 012: The Tangled Web - Connie reads a story Whit has written.
- 015: My Brother’s Keeper - Philip tells Whit a story about his little brother.
- 035: V.B.S. Blues - Ned recounts the travails of the past week to Whit.
- 041: Return to the Bible Room - Whit involves Jack in Lucy in the story of Jonah.
Unreliable Narrator - An Odyssey character tells a story, but unlike the telling a story framing device above, the events being narrated get twisted, mangled, and augmented—even fantastical elements can be introduced. This can be because the narrator is being intentionally dishonest, but she may also have truly forgotten or have a head injury. The point of this device isn’t to reveal something about the events being narrated but to reveal something about the narrator herself.
- 043: Back to School - Leslie exaggerates as she recounts her first days back school.
Wizard of Oz - An Odyssey character is unconscious or knocked out and seemingly transported to another place and/or time. People they meet there/then often resemble an Odyssey character they know but who is not that character.
- 033: The Day Independence Came - Irwin Springer is knocked out by a book.
Writing a Letter - An Odyssey character recounts a story in a letter. The content of the letter serves as narration.
- 007: Promises, Promises - Connie writes a letter to her friend Marcy.