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DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written in good fun. It does not reflect the views of anyone associated with this blog in anyway. In addition, it may contain some adult content and/or biblical mockery that may offend some people. If you are one of those people, read on at your own risk or don’t read on at all. Your choice. We all have choices and I choose to not take everything so seriously just as you, the reader, may choose to skip my Thursday blog posts. I am neither a heathen nor an atheist. As a matter of fact, I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic School for a number of years. Again, this is all in good fun – and laughing makes us all live a little longer. So if you’re ready to turn that frown upside down, read on.

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1 John 2:16

If you haven’t seen the movie seven with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow, I highly recommend it. It’s a phenomenal psychological thriller that screws with your head while following a highly psychotic serial killer who kills based on the Seven Deadly Sins.

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I’m not going to discuss these sins or review the movie – honestly, if you have seen it, see it. If you don’t like it, then I have no idea what to tell you.

Today we’re going to discuss one of the freakiest antagonists I’ve ever watched or read about. SE7ENs John Doe and the opportunity a writer has to write a character as amazing. What you need to know is that Kevin Spacey’s unbelievable character John Doe (and I think Kevin Spacey is a genius – have you seen Life as a House?) is that he only appears in the movie for less than 8 minutes. Look it up. But his presence can be felt reverberating throughout the entire movie.

His first appearance in the film is to turn himself in for the heinous crimes he’s committed.

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Within mere minutes (in movie time) he’s standing off against Brad Pitt’s character, Detective David Mills, as Morgan Freeman attempts to be the voice of reason as Mills repeatedly asks “What’s in the box?”

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And then we find out. After following the Seven Deadly Sins to commit a slew of grotesque, though quite appropriate, murders, John Doe commits the Sin of Envy and in the process, provokes Mills to complete the seventh murder – Wrath.

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The point is that John Doe isn’t just a character. He is a presence, he is the breath you hold when walking along the road alone, he is the shudder you feel when you know someone is watching, he is the shadow that follows you home.

What would it be like for us to hold a novel in our hands that pulses with such utter insanity? What would it be like for us to read and read and read, pushed through by the need to know – only to meet who we’ve been looking for in the last chapter? What it be like to write something so sneaky, so threaded with presence that the words – not the description, not the person – become the character?

I, for one, would love to try my hand at something so deliciously horrifying.

~ Christine

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About Christine Hughes

A few things about me in no particular order: 1. I love the NY Jets (I know, I know...) 2. I love where I live. An hour to NY, Philly and the Jersey shore. 3. I have two boys and they make me laugh hard enough to blow liquids out of my nose. The hubs is funny enough to make me pee my pants. Not that it's ever happened. Of course not. 4. Being a writer is the best job on the planet, and not just because I can wear jammies to work, drink coffee by the gallonful, randomly catch up on my DVR'd shows, troll YouTube, flip on E! News and browse iTunes - all in the name of research. 5. I have some of the best friends in the world - they put up with my inappropriate jokes, foul mouth, strange musings and don't judge me if I drink too much wine on a Tuesday. Just sayin' - a girl needs her friends. 6. Represented by the most fabulous Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency. I fell into it with her - she is perfectly amazeballs. LOVE!

Posted on July 18, 2013, in Bizarro Bible Stories, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Then go for it. I’ll tell you now that I wouldn’t read it because I like to sleep at night after reading a book. Plus I’m a big ole scaredy cat. But it would be an interesting and challenging experience for you.

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