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TV Tropes Monday: Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped


Tweet of the Day: The Dark Heart of the American West, or Some Musings on Blood Meridian

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Sometimes an author needs to make himself clear, lets he be misunderstood by lack of clarity or worse omission. That’s when he goes to the Acme Anvil Factory and orders a couple of dozen of this trope.

Yes, subtlety is nice, but do you want your readers to miss your point all together and think you are pro-slavery or endorse rape or some such?

I’ll take your silence as a no. Which means that you have to hammer the point home. Happens most often in works inspired by other writers, but not in the “I think this author is great and I want to write like him/her” but in the “Oh my gawd! I can’t believe this, this is so wrong!” Of course this might take a detour into an Author’s Filibuster or even turn the whole work into an Author’s Tract, but if done well, it can be satisfying to an audience that expects a clear message about certain things.

Still, this is dangerous territory, so if you need to drop said anvil, drop it hard and fast, then move on.

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2 comments on “TV Tropes Monday: Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped

  1. I don’t like writing that preaches but I do like writing with an reasonably identifiable point. 😀

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