Friday, February 19, 2016

Tone and Character Reaction

Tone isn't just what happens in a story. It's how the characters react.

Guy totals his car.
Guy cries. 
We sit in the moment and relate to the character and feel sad.
- Drama

Guy totals his car.
Guy runs after the hit and run driver.
We watch on the edge of our seat and root for him.
- Action

Guy totals his car.
Guy laughs.
We laugh with him.
- Comedy

Guy totals his car.
Guy dies a ridiculous cheesy death.
We laugh in spite of ourselves.
- Dark Comedy

etc..

The way a character reacts, particularly the main characters; tells us how to feel. 

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