Dangling Bits

Dear Reader,

Have you been to the movies recently?  Have you left the theater wondering what you just watched?

My brother and I went to see Bridesmaids.  Yes, my manly brother went to see a raunchy chick flick.  We expected to see lots of dirty humor, crazy wedding scenes and maybe a few body parts.  While the movie wasn’t disappointing overall, the character arcs of the supporting cast left a lot to be desired.  It makes me wonder if Hollywood is slumming it, doing a half assed job on something that takes millions of dollars to make.  Why not invest that cash in a good scriptwriter that will sew up those plot holes for you?

Of the cast of supporting characters, only the Bride really got an ‘ending’.    There were several story lines that I was curious about when they were brought up, and as a writer I was disappointed that they didn’t deliver on the red herring.

On the flip side, it makes me feel better about what I write.  It’s also a reminder to follow through on your promises to your reader.  Have you read something, and a character mentions something that piques your interest and you want to know more about it?  Were you excited when that played a role later on the line?  Or disappointed that they didn’t deliver on it?

Either way, I thought that Bridesmaids could have delivered better on the story lines.  I’d suggest it as a rental, to be honest.

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