I think the use of an unreliable narrator is a pretty interesting way to tell a story. So I wanted to have a think about what kinds of unreliable narrators exist, to see if I could get my head around how to use them. It made me realise there are two different types of unreliable narrator:
Number one: The character who knows they are a liar
Number two: The character who doesn’t realise they lie
Aren’t stories the best? There really is an endless supply of possibilities within stories, and I find that pretty damn exciting!
Spoilers ahead for: The Dark Knight / The Hounded by Simon Butters
Above: totally random photo I took. No relevance to this topic whatsoever....
I love watching movies and TV shows and then figuring out what makes them work so well as stories, in order to transfer those ideas across to novels.
One place where I feel like I've learned an insane amount about stories in general is through this youtube channel: LESSONS FROM THE SCREENPLAY.
The guy who runs this channel, Michael, provides his viewers with extremely thoughtful lessons on how to make great stories, teaching directly from existing screenplays. (Obviously movies and books are different mediums, but there is so much to learn from film and TV storytelling that can be utilised when you write fiction).
Something Michael said during a recent lesson (which can be viewed here), which is based off the movie: Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, really stuck with me. So I decided to write it down here before I totally forget I ever heard it at all.... because that's how I roll apparently.
Ta Prohm, an overgrown temple near Siem Reap in Cambodia, is truly a strange and magical place. Walking around this crumbling place under the (slightly) cooler forest canopy was one of my most favourite memories from our Cambodia trip. You may recognise this temple from the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.
After the fall of the Khmer Empire Ta Prohm was abandoned for centuries, and the jungle basically took it back. Now you can see massive twisted roots growing over the whole thing, and instead of cutting the forest away, the authorities left the temple as is. We visited a few other temples in this same style (overgrown) so I have included some pictures of those as well.
Last weekend I attended a YA workshop with excellent YA author, Vikki Wakefield, who lives in my city (or, like, near it or whatever.)
It was REALLY interesting.
And I'm not going to write out everything I learned (because that seems a bit unfair for a teacher to realise her lesson plan is making its way onto the internet), but it did make me think about a few things, and I wanted to record those ideas so I won't forget them.
So this is kind of a continuation of my past post about mind boggling mysteries, simply because this new post is also based on the same movie, Korean film 'Helpless', which taught me quite a lot about storytelling, and was really a bit of a landmark game changer for me.
To carry on from my last post, the second thing this movie showed me, was that a satisfying conclusion can be created using emotion.
But let's start at the beginning.
So a lot of people may not agree with me on this one, as I know the Scandinavian detective dramas (and their English /NZ /American counterparts) are very popular, but for me, no matter how totally great the set up for these mini-dramas are, the pay off never seems to satisfy.
Today I wanted to try and figure out why I feel that way...
January was the month of waiting. Waiting seems to be a large part of a writer’s life. I think I am getting used to it, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check my email a hundred thousand billion times a day. I try not to, but I can’t help it. Waiting is better than not waiting though, because of course waiting means you have some projects or opportunities out there. And that is always a good thing, no matter how it all pans out in the end. So most likely I will continue to wait throughout February as well, and perhaps even a bit of March too. I think I’m getting rather good at it. :)