I have a friend who is an engineer. When he was a child, he took apart a telephone just to see how it worked. That is a great example of what the Deconstruction trope is all about. We take apart a trope, a character, a genre, or even a series to see what makes it tick. Or what would happen if we did…this?
Deconstruction is an idea that is used in many disciplines besides storytelling but the goal is the same; to gain a better understanding of something by disassembling it. One of the most popular types of narrative Deconstruction is to ask what would happen to this trope, character or plot device if the rules of Real Life applied to it. As Deconstruction often, not always, comes across as darker it can sometimes be interpreted as an attack on whatever is being deconstructed. But it can give us a better understanding of how things work and an even bigger appreciation for tropes, characters, and stories we already love. Read more
As we enter the second half of the year, Oscar contenders start sticking their heads out of the ground and sniffing the air like groundhogs on Groundhog Day. The real onslaught won’t start until the fall but here are a couple to whet your appetite that have some of my favorite elements in common; lush costumes, big talented ensembles, and lots of accents.
I have never seen or read Les Mis in any form. I know. I know. I should have seen it on stage when I was in London. Anyway, this will probably be the one.
Chick 2 comments on this trailer: “Sniff, sniff.” And I quite agree. Read more
This week on Troperiffic Tuesday, we take a look at a very old trope, used as a comic element long before our modern obsession with tropes. So what’s so funny about Arson, Murder, … and Jaywalking?
There is a certain structure and rhythm to comedy. I am not remotely educated in the craft of comedy which you will discover as you read the rest of this sketchily researched article but I will attempt to give some foundation here. There are as many different structures for jokes as there are genres and it’s not just for sitcoms and stand up comedians. Action movies and dramas need humor too in order to release the tension. Read more
This week on Troperiffic Tuesday we take a look at one of my all time favorite tropes, an oldie but a goodie. I love it because it nearly always evokes an emotional response from me and most audience members. Let’s discuss Took a Level in Badass.
See that person standing in the corner over there? You didn’t? Oh right, because you were watching the hero. Well, wait until the third act when the hero is about to be killed and that wallflower decides to kick somebody’s teeth in so the hero can complete his quest. Yea, that moment will stay with you. And that is the essence of Took a Level in Badass. Read more