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The Six Ways To Begin A Story: humour
And of course I'm not the only one.... (By the way, this contribution is part of a serial about opening a film. It is Gilligan's belief that humor and tragedy are two muscle in one sleeve (see: What leads us to the question.....)
What is so weird? What is fun differs from individual to individual. Some people will enjoy word games while others cannot bear them; others will laugh at things that others would find offensive. Some people like sci-fi, others hate it. Some like the imagination, others roll their eyeballs. Below I will look at five holes that made me giggle, then I will try to take them apart and ask: WHY were they laugh?
My qestion is: which feature, which feature, which aspect of these apertures makes them comical? There''s no encryption to make Jerry Seinfeld's cartoon. These are just some of the basic ideas, some of the actions you have to find in yourself. Repeat creates a wit by generating an anticipation.
If this anticipation is undermined, we often smiles (or laughs or howls or whatever) when it is skilfully done. Several types of repetitions exist. Everyone who had to pay his tax understands the gag. You know, I said above that certain types of drama are based on deception. "If this anticipation is undermined, the readers are a little bit puzzled, but there is something pleasing about looking at something old in a new way.
Alex Shvartsman points out that your audiences need to know something about the game of thrones and Twitter for this one to work, but when they do it, it's fun. It' s ridiculous. Both of the witty concepts (money in a pillow and someone making a deposit and withdrawal from a banking account) are completely natural, but combined and the outcome is agreeably outrageous.
Apertures are classified: I look at three things: a. Repeat, b. Compare, c. The ridiculous. a. Repeat. First part of the phrase raises an expectancy. is undermining that anticipation. There is no repeat here, but nevertheless the first part of the movement is powerful enough to formulate a clear anticipation. b. There is a parallel.
The Absurdity of How Other Men Felt vs. How the Teller Felt. c. The Abomination. There is no repeat as such, but whatever I was expecting to see after the first movement, it wasn't "someone had to do it. There also seems to be an implied analogy, the folks who come from Des Moines (if we are to believe the writer, a series of one) and all the others.
However, I am not sure if it is ridiculous that nobody else but the writer has been out. All the phrases I have chosen as an example seem to have undermined my hopes in a way that I thought was wise. I' ve almost finished my set about opening stories, only one thing is left: arche types.