Saturday, August 7, 2010

Personal Artistic Quirks and Kinks: Break Down Scenes

Ok, so this is kind of a weird subject, but its something I've been thinking about lately. What I mean by "personal artistic quirks and kinks" is this: what are the things you look for or watch for? What specific something will automatically make you list a book/movie/show as one of your favorites?

I'll use myself as an example. My personal kink is break down scenes. A well done break down will make me love the book/movie/show. House is a good example of this. I love House not because of the medical mysteries but because of Hugh Laurie's awesomeness at break down scenes. (See season 6 finale, among others). Monk was awesome for the same reason. I'm not sure why I feel this way, or what it says about me, but it is what it is.

So what are your kinks? I'm curious. I feel like having those kinks in your own writing is inevitable. Is that the case for you? What I mean is, everything I write has some form of a break down scene. For me, that's what art is: breaking down a character, pushing them to the extreme until you see who they are and what they really want.

Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

Sarah Allen


  1. I'm drawn to stories where one character bitterly disappoints another character. It doesn't have to be intentional or mean-spirited. For an example, one character chooses to do things that he/she thinks is the right thing, but when all the facts are brought to light, what that character had done wasn't the right thing after all. This character is disappointed and those close to him/her are as well.

  2. Isn't it interesting how our quirks often involve sad, terrible things like this? I wonder why...catharsis? Maybe we like seeing people make mistakes and living through it and it gives us hope.



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