In writing, this is a great way to compare your characters. On an episode of Swingtown, there was a charity benefit for a porn star. Each character reacted to it in their own way; some were excited, some intrigued, some disgusted. Then they reacted to each other's reactions, and some of them changed their minds. It brought out a lot about the characters and their relationships.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
A nasty piece of work
Regardless of what you think about Gossip Girl as a show, you have to kind of admire their marketing. First there was last season's hullabaloo surrounding the phrase OMFG (which I myself have started to use on occasion as a smirky homage), and now they've taken to using awesomely negative quotes about the show from the Parent's TV Council, such as "nasty piece of work" and "mind-blowingly inappropriate." Why it works...and why this concept might be valuable to you in your writing: perspective. What is horrible to someone might be delightful to another. Similarly, the fact that other people find something horrible might make it even MORE delightful. The more parents get upset about Gossip Girl, I bet the more kids will want to watch it - and this is exactly what the marketing dept is capitalizing upon.