Movement and Character
I’m a bit late in posting today for no other reason than my routine has been disrupted by a husband ripping out my bathroom – my one and only bathroom with a shower. SO I will apologize and move on – I’m sorry folks 🙂
Today’s little tidbit of Biblical FanFic has me thinking of a movie that starred Denzel Washington. (swoon-worthy, for sure)
The movie Fallen has me thinking about the physicality and movement of our antagonists. Of course, the discussion could include protagonists and such but, for this post, let’s talk about our bad guys(s) (gals).
In the movie, Denzel is a detective who takes down a serial killer, Edgar Reese, and watches as the man is put to death. Oddly, shortly after the death of the serial killer, people start popping up using Reese’s mannerisms, speech patterns and very soon, the killings begin again – mimicking the kill patterns of Reese. Confused yet? I was, at first. What happened in this particular movie is that the soul of Edgar Reese moved from his body and attached to another. This way, the evil was able to jump from person to person and taunt Denzel’s character. It was really cool.
The best part – Edgar’s soul was actually that of the angel Azazel – an angel cast down from heaven and denied physical form. I did a bit of research on Azazel and he is not someone I’d want to cross. He is one of the worst of the Fallen, the darkest of angels.
This had me thinking. How do you “move” your characters? Do they just pop-up, out of nowhere? Do they fly? How do you give them form? With angelic images becoming more and more prevalent in literature, I wonder, is it movement and physicality that would separate one author, one book, from another? What will be that one thing, that one sparkles-in-the-sunlight thing that would make the genre explode? If you figure it out, let me know. For now, I’ll just be workin’ on it.