Last night, during a protracted and productive drunk writer talk session, a debate arose about The Big Lebowski and Coen brothers’ films in general. I sense this may be a future dwt topic as strong well argued views were heard on each side…
But I thought I’d toss it out to anyone out there… Hate that film, or love it? It seems to be a polarizing one.
Me? Any movie, with fascinating well-developed characters I enjoy watching, entertains me… Sinead? She likes a tightly told story. And, well, tightly told it ain’t. What role in the overall story did Julienne Moore’s bizarre artist character play???
In writing popular and genre fiction… we’re told to make every scene count, make every character serve a purpose, make every line of dialogue, every subplot, well, everything serve the core story.
I think this is great advice and makes for a page-turning book… BUT… I’m still entertained by movies and books that don’t do this, too…
I guess what I’m not entertained by, are movies and books that aim to be genre or popular but break these rules… (or even follow them so obviously they make the writer-in-me roll her eyes.) But put facsinating, well-written characters whose lives/world I can get sucked into, in literary fiction or an indie film , and I don’t care about the story so much… A few of my favourite films/books, I can barely remember what they were about… just that I loved the characters.