How fancy should ones writing be? (and everyone sucks somehow):
edited 21st Sep '12 6:02:29 PM by Stormthorn
edited 22nd Sep '12 8:10:55 AM by MajorTom
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- Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit
- Clarence Darrow
edited 23rd Sep '12 1:09:51 PM by BrotherMycroft
- When characters talk about their emotions in Shakespeare, they do it in metaphor and verse, adding both to the imagery and to their characterization. This works because the plays are generally in a melodramatic sort of style. It does not work as well outside of this style, and would not work as well if it didn't have the metaphor and literary content that it does. It also works because Shakespeare is much better than you are at writing.
- People can dislike characters that are given 'cool' traits that are supposed to make them likeable without being likable characters or having a good reason for having them. It can be dull, unnecessary, or worse, show an undue focus on physical traits of characters, when it's a character's character traits that are important.
- Characters with powers have to be shown as fully fleshed out characters, or they'll be criticized for being simplistic. A character can't be defined by a special ability they have; they have to be a person first, and someone with a special ability second. You can even have someone who's technically invulnerable like Superman, but then the conflicts he faces are going to be more cerebral than physical. If the only challenges Supes has are physical, then it's boring and the story is underdeveloped.
- Stopping the plot for an unimportant scene of any nature is silly and that applies to sex scenes too. If it doesn't serve the narrative somehow, it shouldn't be in there. (Be careful about reducing this to absurdity too—atmosphere, setting and imagery are important to the narrative; wholly irrelevant scenes are not.)
- Odyssey gets to use its deus ex machinae for a couple of reasons. For the first part, the Greek gods are their own characters, and they don't just cause good things for one side. Second, some of the themes of the Odyssey are about specifically the relationship between men and gods, and what the gods do for men. You could even claim that for the most part, since the gods are defined as characters throughout the book, that there aren't really deus ex machinae because the gods are never wholly external to the human characters.
edited 23rd Sep '12 4:18:35 PM by Kotep
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