Another Story for Another Time
When someone gives an Exposition
, they'll often mention something that pertains to a certain event
. Questioning the character about it would elicit this response.
Due to The Law of Conservation of Detail
, this story may later turn out to be relevant.
- In Goals & Privileges Harry asks how Sirius knows what nachos are and Remus replies "A night of frivolity in London, instigated by your father, and a story for another time."
- Used as a Sequel Hook in the ending of Conan the Barbarian (1982), where narration by Mako tells us that in time, Conan "became a king by his own hand, and this story shall also be told."
- A different cut of the film uses on-screen titles, rather than narration, and ends instead with, "...but that is another story."
- Artemis Fowl: "...but that's another story" becomes something of a catchphrase for the first book's narrator. Most of these stories are eventually told as sideplots in books 2 and 3.
- The NeverEnding Story ends many of its chapters with a reference to what happened to a side character who had been important in the chapter, but "that is another story and will be told another time." This turns out to be relevant to the plot, since the characters then have to try and resolve all of them, and every plot thread generates new ones.
- There's a variation in Edgar Pangborn's short story "Tiger Boy", after the villager Bruno meets the title character. Bruno wonders where Tiger Boy came from, why he is travelling with a tiger, and what he intends to do with his life, but doesn't ask because he is satisfied that Tiger Boy will tell him if he feels like it. This is no doubt Pangborn's way of hanging a lampshade on the questions the readers must be asking themselves. In the event the questions remain unanswered when Bruno and Tiger Boy are killed.
- In The Sword of Shannara when Allanon tells Shea the history of the races of the world. The trolls and gnomes are humans whose ancestors were mutated by radiation; dwarves are humans who hid underground, and through natural selection became accustomed to subterranean habitats. Noticing the obvious odd-one out, Shea asks about the Elves. Allanon invokves this trope; however not only is it eventually followed up on, it can be considered a Sequel Hook, since the next book is all about the Elves and their history.
- The Ciaphas Cain series is presented as the autobiography of the eponymous officer, suitably edited by one of his long-time allies. Since he's basically laying out his life story to a recorder over many, many sessions, he naturally rambles at times and elides lots of important detail (which has to be cleaned up by the editor, of course). Occasional footnotes to the effect of "this is a fascinating story which need not detain us right now" crop up every once in a while. (Perhaps the crowning example is an entire novel which is presented as having been, in the main, an aside brought up in a completely different account in the "original text".)
- Often happens on How I Met Your Mother, usually refering to events in future episodes. Subverted in one episode when Older Ted says this of a security guard and his band, then decides that he'll probably never get to it and gives the Cliff Notes version ("They had one song, it didn't suck, end of story.")
- Due South used to use a variant a lot, with Fraser going "...But that's not important, what is important..."
- Commonly used in Good Eats by Alton Brown as a Catch Phrase is "But that's another show" when talking about foods that are tangentially related to the theme of the current one.
- Dungeons & Dragons module DA 1 Adventures in Blackmoor. The DM Background section is written like someone telling a story. At one point it starts describing the destruction of Blackmoor, but then says "But of the sinking of that fabled land - another time! Today, we speak of other things."
- In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" from The Simpsons, Bart and Lisa still have questions after Homer finishes his tale of a Beatles-like career.
Lisa: How come we never heard about this until today?
Bart: Yeah, and what happened to the money you made?
Lisa: Why haven't you hung up your gold records?
Bart: Since when could you write a song?
Homer: (laughs) There are perfectly good answers to those questions, but they'll have to wait for another night.
- That last question does get answered in "That '90s Show", where Homer was revealed to have been a grunge musician while Marge was in college.
- In the "Unfair Science Fair" episode of Phineas and Ferb, the boys build a portal to Mars, but we don't see them use it for the first half of the episode. After the first half's plot is resolved, Phineas mentions that he and Ferb had gone through the portal, but as Ferb said, "That's another story." The second half of the episode is entitled "Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story)", and focused on their trip through the portal during the events of the previous half.