Sunday, December 29, 2013

Character Development

A good story is a good story and an interesting character is an interesting character whether you are reading a book or watching a movie. My husband, The Irish Charmer, and I enjoy watching movies together. This weekend we saw American Hustle. It wasn't my favorite movie, but it did have some fun moments. Many of those involved Jennifer Lawrence's character Rosalyn.

*****Spoiler Alert*****

Rosalyn plays your typical ditsy blonde with a twist; she can always justify her actions with an article or book she read. I'll have to paraphrase since I don't remember her exact words. In one scene, after being told not to put metal in the microwave, she places a tray covered with aluminum foil in the brand new microwave and sets it on fire. She claims she read microwaves take the nutrition out of food. Since they take the nutrition out of food and catch on fire, they aren't worth owning.

My favorite scene is when her husband, Irving, returns home after being threatened by the mafia. She, of course, told the mafia her version of what he was up to and that is why they threatened him. Irving explains that he came up with a plan to deal with the situation. She takes credit for his plan by explaining that she read about intention in a book and by sending the mafia after him she was intending for him to come up with his plan. So, in her world, she did him a favor.

In my opinion, what makes a story more interesting are the twists: twists in plot and twists in character development.

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