Re: Thoughtful question
- From: Mike Ward <m@xxx>
- Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 02:54:06 GMT
"Paul O'Neill" <news-x@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx dot net> wrote in
> "Marc-Oliver Frisch" <Derschwarm@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Paul O'Neill wrote:
>> : Not really, because in real life you can clearly hear what people
>> : are saying, but you have to work out what they are thinking from
>> : how they
>> : and what they say. You don't have thought bubbles in real life,
>> : however handy they might be.
>> Nor do you have voiceovers, or stand on a stage all the time.
>> Bad news for film and theater, I guess.
> Real life can have a voice-over. The next time you're late for work,
> think to yourself "I'm late for work". See? A voice-over.
> Voice-over is also seen as bad film-making. Don't shoot me, I don't
> make the rules, but it's one of the first things you're told in any
> script-writing class. There are really notable exceptions, but unless
> you're a Scorcese (Taxi driver) or FFC (Apocalypse Now) you're told to
> avoid them unless absolutely necessary. Please don't list fifty other
> films that use them, I'm well aware of them all. The only film I can
> think of to use more than one voice-over is "About a boy", and the
> fact that it had two narrators did not go unnoticed and uncommented on
> by just about everyone I spoke to about it.
That may be the case in film, but in written fiction it is common for the
reader to be allowed to see inside the minds of more than one character.
It also used to be very common in comic books.
The argument that it should not be done in comic books because it is not
done in film is no more convincing than the argument that it shouldn't be
done in comics because it isn't done in real life.
> That's an argument for one narrative voice as opposed to many. The
> reason for the caption could also be that it's easier to place
> captions on a page than it is to place a thought-bubble. The bubble
> would have to be near the characters head, or joined by an unfeasibly
> elongated string of mini-bubbles. Captions can go anywhere, even
> outside the panel in question.
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