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I heard a quote from Hayao Miyazaki, "to grow your audience, you need to betray their expectations" from a forum the other day and I wonder if mean exactly as it says? While tropes and cliches are not necessarily bad, sometimes I want to do something unexpected or even downright unpredictable with the story. So I wonder how can I apply this quote in this context? I want to twist some tropes or even turn them on their head in a story. Also, what does the quote mean? I don't want to use it out of context.

edited 6th Nov '10 7:32:02 PM by G.G.

2 drunkscriblerian6th Nov 2010 07:41:26 PM from Castle Geekhaven , Relationship Status: In season
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I'm not familiar with the quote, but I'd say that to betray an expectation, you have to build it first. Using tropes (before subverting them) might be one way. I guess this would be an example of Tropes Are Not Bad.

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Be careful with plot twists, if you use them too often people would come to expect them.
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When I hear that quote what goes though my mind is a good joke. you get your audience hooked, set up an expectation, and then do something with it. subvert it, parody it, lampshade it, draw it out to a extreme conclusion, whatever.

So thinking about Hayao Miyazaki's work. think about how they could have been a cliche how certain tropes could have defined them completely rendering them just another _____'s show. And like any good comedian or entertainer he created an emotional connection a story with his labors.

To him, that's what it takes to be a good, maybe even a great, writer.
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