Wednesday, January 25, 2006

"Don't cross the streams."

I've come to really dislike multiple-viewpoint, rapid-cutting "suspense" thrillers. For one thing, cutting in and out of viewpoints, especially the villain's, kills suspense.

For another thing, multiple viewpoints and rapid cutting work best in cinema, and I'm of the opinion that books shouldn't try to duplicate movies and movies shouldn't try to duplicate books. Each medium has its own bag of tricks to be used to full effect. For example, you can create suspense in a movie by using the frame wisely, taking advantage of what it shows and what it doesn't.

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