Crucible:  arena of conflict

 

What binds the two combatants together?

Thriller

  • Reason the bad guy keeps going
  • Is not going to give up

Moral or professional duty to continue (eg police, detective)

 

Eg The Odd Couple

  • Friends but very different
  • Felix is suicidal as his wife has left him
  • Oscar, as his friend, it the one who agrees to keep an eye on him

Location

  • Casablanca
  • Misery – variation, he is incapable of leaving

 

Self

  • Can`t escape yourself

 

Write your novel from the middle

  • James Scott Bell

 

Midpoint (of story, may not actually be)

 

A look in the mirror

  • Who am I?
  • What have I become?
  • What MUST I become?

 

Or

  • I am probably going to die
  • Look at self, find inner strength to carry on

 

In a movie, go to the mid point of time and have a look around

 

Casablanca

  • Rick drunk, has remembered Paris
  • Midpoint is when Ilsa walks in
  • She tries to explain why she left him
  • He insults her and she leaves
  • He has a moment of loathing himself, put his head down on the table etc
  • Point where he looks at himself, what he has become – decides what he wants to be
  • Goes on to sacrifice himself

 

The Fugitive

  • Kimball in hotel
  • Police arrive, he thinks it is for him
  • Another man is arrested for drug dealing
  • Breaks down, realisation that he can`t win
  • Has to find inner strength to keep going

 

Lethal weapon

  • Gibson playing suicidal cop, doesn’t have strength kill himself, so keeps getting into dangerous situations
  • Danny Glover about to retire, wants to stay alive
  • Midpoint is discussion after Gibson goes to dinner with Glover`s family
  • Opens up – the only thing he has ever been good at is killing people
  • Film is about the transformation of that character back into society

 

Looking at books, turn to the middle

 

Gone with the Wind

  • Scarlet is looking at Tara, realising that Tara is worth fighting for
  • Accepts the challenge to fight

 

The Hunger Games

  • Katniss is having a moment
  • Accepting that she is about to die

 

Character psychology before the story begins:

Moral flaw to be overcome?

Ordinary person getting hammered by circumstances?

 

Becoming

  • Transforming
  • Becoming stronger

Author: Philippa

I make arty mixed-media things, & write fantastical things (with kissing), & do musical & dancing things, & play gaming things, & do weightlifting things, & organise fabulous event things. But mostly I wrangle cats. Renaissance woman.

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