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story arc (plural story arcs)

  1. An extended or continuing storyline in episodic storytelling media such as television or comic books.
    • 1992, Linda Seger, The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact and Fiction into Film
      This story arc about "hunting the buffalo" is part of a larger story arc about "developing relationships with the Indians".
    • 2005, David Schmid, Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture
      A story arc can be developed continuously until it is completed, but it is more usual for a drama series to treat a story arc discontinuously...