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Green Room - Week 23 - Weekend Edition

I just got home from seeing Baby Driver, which, if you haven't seen it yet - go right now. I'll wait.
Hopefully, tomorrow I will be seeing LJ Idol's own sra33's newest movie, Spider-man: Homecoming!! (yes, that's right, she worked on that too!!)

While we are waiting for them to get back - make sure you are taking the time to read and comment on the entries for this week: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1029288.html

See? Wasn't it good?

But the ending, and the director's comments on it made me think about writing in general.

“I think the end scene is up for interpretation. And I sort of learned quickly through the test screening process that I should let people interpret it how they want. I think it’s an important thing with movies where you don’t have to state your actual intention because nobody’s response to it is wrong. I think that’s a good thing to do; you don’t want to have anybody say, ‘No, you’re wrong, you read that wrong.’ It’s better if you have two different interpretations.”

Where are you when it comes to that, not just with stuff you enjoy, but in your own work?


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Jul. 9th, 2017 03:18 am (UTC)
I like to write endings where the reader can decide what happens next. ;-)
Jul. 9th, 2017 01:47 pm (UTC)
I enjoy deliberate ambiguity, especially as to character's motives.
Jul. 9th, 2017 03:59 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing Baby Driver.

I think art needs to be open to interpretation and should require work on the part of the viewer/reader. In regards to writing; especially in short form! Something that I do think is important to this particular conversation (because there are other, artier, more experimental conversations) is the idea of "intent". Intent with an open-ended interpretation is achieved through control of the material. If the writer finds intent, or begins with intent, then the piece is going to hold together for various interpretations and that's a good thing!

Jul. 9th, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
I don't like to be left with too many questions, especially in long form reading. If there was some mystery that I have waited 350 pages to discover the truth and I'm left with an ambiguous ending, I find it infuriating!

If other people are reading the same thing and I can have a conversation with them about what they feel has occurred, it isn't so bad, but often I'm just left alone to wonder. And I want closure, by god!

Now, when I am writing, I don't mind leaving things a little more open ended, if the story lends itself to that.

I haven't seen Baby Driver yet. My husband found the preview thoroughly irritating 'Baby, baby, baby..." so I doubt we'll see it in the theater. Next weekend we plan to go see Planet of the Apes and Spider Man though. Last night I was telling my husband I let the kids watch the first of the Apes series when they were a little too young for the violence because of all the important themes it brings up. And then, in the middle of rewatching the second movie last night, my daughter, now 13, goes "I just love how these movies make you think what it is like to be the other side - not the human - and to see that people don't always make the right decisions." YASSS! My mom psychology worked!
Jul. 9th, 2017 08:54 pm (UTC)
And I wasn't logged in - that's me up there, lol!
Jul. 9th, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
I don't have a hard and fast rule about leaving things open to interpretation. What I don't want is for the story to feel "unfinished," regardless of length. That isn't the same as not leaving the ending open, but in general, the arc or moment of the particular story should feel as if it has ended conclusively-- at least, this stage of whatever the story or vignette is part of.

I may not be explaining that very well, but if it appears that the author simply ran out of words or got tired of working on the story, that usually feels different from, "We are angry and we are decided. A revolution is coming." The vignette or story may capture what led up to that moment, and leave things poised on the brink. I'm okay with that in a short form.

Now, in a longer story, if you cliffhanger me to get me to buy the next book in the series? That tends to piss me off. One example I can think of that gets around that feeling is a YA series that begins with, "The Raven Boys." Each book comes to a clear end, and yet leaves you with some thoughts about, "But wait, didn't he say..." that will be a major part of the next book. If you never read the next book, you would still feel that the one you just finished had come to a solid end. But you'll want to read the next book.
Jul. 9th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
Hearing people's interpretations is my favorite thing about sharing my work. It's always delightful to learn what lenses people are seeing through.
Jul. 9th, 2017 11:32 pm (UTC)
Baby Driver was amazing. I was driving home and had to tell myself that I'm not a stunt driver - heh. There are movies I want to see being released, a lot of them all of a sudden. But I'm not sure what I will get to next.

As for endings I think the creator has to have an idea what they're going for, but of course readers/watchers are going to bring their own thing to it, and finding out what that is can be a lot of fun.
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