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Spoiler Alert

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Last night, I watched Christopher Nolan’s Memento with my boyfriend. It was my first time seeing it, though I had more or less enjoyed other Nolan films such as The Dark Knight, Interstellar, and my personal favorite, Inception. Nolan is known for mind-bending films, and I love the complication, the race to mentally keep up with the story, and the depth. But I’m always torn about one aspect of his movies–he tends to include something in the last five minutes that completely subverts the entire rest of the story.

[vague spoilers ahead]

In Memento, we find that what we thought … Keep reading

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You Look Different Than I Remember, Old Yeller

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Or, I don’t like sad stories anymore.

It’s weird. I used to love sad stories. I owned the Doctor Who quote “Sad is happy for deep people.” Where the Red Fern Grows was my delight. The Fault in Our Stars? Yes please. And just give me a tissue and I’d be ready to spend an afternoon weeping over the end of The Wrath of Khan. (Yes, nerdy stories can be sad, too!)

I preached the virtues of imperfect endings loudly and clearly. You have to give up things, or it’s not realistic, I contended. Everything can’t turn out perfectly.

Then, … Keep reading

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Ever Afters

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I was thinking, earlier today, how much of the most basic story structure and formatting is exemplified in fairy tales. The simplest and strongest fairy tales often contain clear good and evil, heroes and villains, motivations, conflicts, story goals, and much, much more. When we make novels and movies and all those other things, we often just make everything more complicated.

Not that that’s a bad thing. I adore a good complicated murder mystery, or a fast-paced action thriller, or an emotionally tangled romance as much as anyone. The stories I myself write have a tendency to be extremely complicated. … Keep reading

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