What do you do when you need to develop certain elements of a story but you don’t really have the time to do it? Use this week’s trope, The Montage!
The Montage is a common trope that has fallen into disrespect in recent years. Like many common tropes, it has been overused or done badly and that has given it a bad reputation. It has the stink of a hack writer on it. But I think it’s time to clear the air.
Like any other trope, The Montage can be powerful, funny, energetic, and even touching if it’s done well. The Montage, of course, is the stringing together of short scenes or vignettes, with or without diaglogue, usually set to music. It can be used to show a passage of time or solidify a development in the story. Read more