Monday, June 9, 2014
Writing Lessons from Maleficent
And it was. But in addition to just being an excellent movie, is seems to me there are some excellent writing lessons in it. So here we go.
The Bad Guy is not the Bad Guy to the Bad Guy
Seems simple enough, right? But I think it is easy to draw them as just rotten. This movie did and excellent job of showing what BROUGHT the villain to that point—making that point of evil act not just understandable, but TRAGIC. Without getting too spoilery, Maleficent was a GOOD fairy... who was BADLY betrayed.
People can have more than one primary motivation and it can cause them to behave in ways that break our hearts. THAT is good story telling.
Where you Start the Story MATTERS
Sleeping Beauty, as we've all heard it told, begins when this story is maybe 40% DONE already... and HOLY HELL is that some excellent backstory.
Any tricks you know to help the reader really get your villains?
Also, FYI: Thursday is my 5-year Blogiversary, so I will be posting in spite of my slower pace this month.