Details and then some more details

by TheHack on January 18, 2012

I just started reading American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I am only a couple chapters in and already drowning in details. Everything, everything and everything is described. Which right away helps define the characters and the things that are important to him by what he decides to tell us and say about them. Instead of just saying he is a rich, elitist type of dude or having other characters say it about him, you learn it by the things the he buys and the things he scoffs others for thinking about and buying.

It provides an interesting distance between the main character and the other characters since there is so much focus on the things and details and less about what he thinks about them.

I have an idea for a plot that I have never started because I can’t get very interested in the main character. One of those destined hero kids.

It might be interesting to tell the story from the older guide who initially saves him and drags him through the world but doesn’t actually like the kid but have that guide character focus on the details to an excessive degree instead of the kid. He could kind of create an emotional distance to the kid by nearly ignoring him and getting lost in the details of the world and the mission. The kid could practically turn into luggage which could present its own problems later on in the story.

Hmm. Sounds like I need to open up a text editor soon and start pounding away.

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