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I like to be surprised as much as the next guy, but I need to know in which direction you’re going to surprise me. Don’t surprise me with something I didn’t expect!

Skrevet af Lars Hvidberg

18. January, 2006 @ 17:49

Kategorier: Story

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  1. Isn’t this just another way of saying that the drama must be coherent and, thus, believable? However, for this to work, the writer must be free to set up the frame (style, logic, world, background) at the beginning. Therefore he is allowed to introduce as many “suprises” he likes – until the frame is set; from then on, the reader expects the frame never to be broken, including introduction of characters or events that make a profound impact on the story. Thus, surprises are only such because of the frame.

    Tom Hansson

    11. Aug 06 @ 13:31

  2. A brilliant example of drama based on surprises is “Twin Peaks” (at least the first season). The writers succeed in evolving the story while at the same time never setting the frame completely, and they do it by introducing new surprises all the time. Or maybe it’s the other way around? They keep introducing surprises, and the results is the frame never to be completed and the story never really to begin. Most soap operas work along the same lines, but not as clear cut as “Twin Peaks”.

    Tom Hansson

    11. Aug 06 @ 14:28

  3. Yes and yes … and no.

    Drama must be coherent and believable, but it must at the same time never be wholly coherent and belieavble – because then it would be unintereting with nothing new to tell us. The real trick is to introduce the surprises <i>after</i> the frame is set, and at the same time never spoiling the frame (unless you’re going for a sort of Twilight Zonish re-framing). Twin Peaks suceeds brilliantly in this. Just when you think you know what the story is all about, it takes you in a compleley new direction. But even then you know that this was bound to happen, and it is thus a pleasent surprise…

    Lars Hvidberg

    25. Aug 06 @ 21:22

  4. IMO Twin Peaks is based on surprises and absurdities. They soon become an essential part of the very frame the series is trying so hard not to set. After a while the viewer simply expects surprises to come ever so often, and they become pleasant. If the viewer, on the other hand, ever got hold of the story, I think he would soon lose interest – although some viewers would probaly feel relieved that a conclusion was finally underway.

    Tom Hansson

    29. Aug 06 @ 17:13

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