History Main / MacGuffin

12th Jan '18 6:25:11 PM nombretomado
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If you want to start [[JustifyingEdit arguing]] that your favourite series' most awesome magical thing isn't a [=MacGuffin=], remember that TropesAreTools. Having a [=MacGuffin=] is not necessarily bad writing, depending on how it's handled -- concretely defining or giving a central role to the object of a chase can ''detract'' from a work, if the point is to focus on the characters.

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If you want to start [[JustifyingEdit [[Administrivia/JustifyingEdit arguing]] that your favourite series' most awesome magical thing isn't a [=MacGuffin=], remember that TropesAreTools. Having a [=MacGuffin=] is not necessarily bad writing, depending on how it's handled -- concretely defining or giving a central role to the object of a chase can ''detract'' from a work, if the point is to focus on the characters.
30th Dec '17 7:11:14 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' has the Meekrob crystal containing the codes that lead to [[LostSuperweapon Project Domination]], which all three teams are after (Zim and Tak and their respective allies to conquer Earth with it, Dib and his friends to stop either of them from doing so).
18th Dec '17 6:10:36 PM eroock
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28th Oct '17 4:04:32 PM FordPrefect
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** The ''High Programmers'' variation also recommends throwing in some [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Code_of_the_Woosters "Cow Creamers"]], side goals for the Ultraviolets to fight over so they can trade them to a NPC.
13th Sep '17 6:47:42 AM Baeraad555
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* SlipperyMacGuffin: No one can seem to hold on to it for very long.
10th Sep '17 6:53:55 PM DragonBallZ
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Hitchcock and Angus [=McPhail=] were not the first to formulate this concept. Silent-film actress Pearl White starred in cliffhanger serials (most famously film ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'') in which the characters spent most of their screen time chasing each other for possession of a roll of film, or some other doodad. This device occurred so often in Pearl White's serial films that she routinely referred to the coveted object as a "weenie", using the term precisely as Hitchcock would later use "[=MacGuffin=]".

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Hitchcock and Angus [=McPhail=] were not the first to formulate this concept. Silent-film actress Pearl White starred in cliffhanger serials (most famously in the film ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'') in which the characters spent most of their screen time chasing each other for possession of a roll of film, or some other doodad. This device occurred so often in Pearl White's serial films that she routinely referred to the coveted object as a "weenie", using the term precisely as Hitchcock would later use "[=MacGuffin=]".
28th Jul '17 2:42:39 PM jamespolk
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Hitchcock and Angus [=McPhail=] were not the first to formulate this concept. Silent-film actress Pearl White starred in cliffhanger serials (most famously "The Perils of Pauline") in which the characters spent most of their screen time chasing each other for possession of a roll of film, or some other doodad. This device occurred so often in Pearl White's serial films that she routinely referred to the coveted object as a "weenie", using the term precisely as Hitchcock would later use "[=MacGuffin=]".

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Hitchcock and Angus [=McPhail=] were not the first to formulate this concept. Silent-film actress Pearl White starred in cliffhanger serials (most famously "The Perils of Pauline") film ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'') in which the characters spent most of their screen time chasing each other for possession of a roll of film, or some other doodad. This device occurred so often in Pearl White's serial films that she routinely referred to the coveted object as a "weenie", using the term precisely as Hitchcock would later use "[=MacGuffin=]".
2nd Jul '17 11:33:00 AM nombretomado
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As you might have guessed from the sheer number of [[SubTrope sub-tropes]], this is a very common {{trope}} in fiction. So common, in fact, that it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGuffin has its own page]] on TheOtherWiki.

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As you might have guessed from the sheer number of [[SubTrope sub-tropes]], this is a very common {{trope}} in fiction. So common, in fact, that it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGuffin has its own page]] on TheOtherWiki.
Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
1st Apr '17 11:15:10 PM robotortoise
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If it passes both of these criteria, congratulations: its a [=MacGuffin=]!

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If it passes both of these criteria, congratulations: its then congratulations - it's a [=MacGuffin=]!
11th Mar '17 10:19:07 AM mlsmithca
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* ''Is the nature of the item irrelevant to the plot?'' All [=MacGuffin=]'s have some extraordinary value, whether it be monetary, prestige, historical significance, supernatural power or forgotten knowledge. These things are often, but not always, explained in detail within the story so that the audience understands the desire. But these elements are not vital to build the plot, any usefulness from having the item is either nonexistent (often due to NoMacGuffinNoWinner) or relegated to the coda of the story and the plot and the desire for the item is over.

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* ''Is the nature of the item irrelevant to the plot?'' All [=MacGuffin=]'s [=MacGuffin=]s have some extraordinary value, whether it be monetary, prestige, historical significance, supernatural power or forgotten knowledge. These things are often, but not always, explained in detail within the story so that the audience understands the desire. But these elements are not vital to build the plot, any usefulness from having the item is either nonexistent (often due to NoMacGuffinNoWinner) or relegated to the coda of the story and the plot and the desire for the item is over.
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