Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Just take the above scene, for example. Watch it again sometime, even though I'm sure you have it just as memorized as I do, and just pay attention to how they look at each other and how much is conveyed without any words. She says three words in that scene. He says two (well, to her, since he does tell Chewie to take care of Leia). If the same scenario were done with Anakin and Padme she would've been screaming and crying in protest and going off on some long monologue about how she can't live without him and her heart will die with him and Anakin would've also said similar, vomit-inducing things and referred to her as "my love" or something equally cringe-worthy. Seriously, think about that.
The subtlety is so much more powerful. In the scene where he first kisses her, it's not so much what they are saying to each other as the body language. They move closer together, he takes her hand and leans in... he never just blabbers on about how gorgeous she is or any crap like that.
This is certainly something we need to remember as writers of these two. Now, surely they would say sweet things to each other from time to time, but it would be very hard to believe that either one would suddenly break down going on and on about how much they love the other one. Honestly, I think I was guilty of this when I first started writing. I try to be much more conscious of it now.
I don't know where I'm going with this other than needing to post something and wanting to get some conversation going on how to write the characters. Always keep in mind that showing how much they love each other through their actions within the story goes a lot further than having several lines of dialogue of one of them saying it to the other.
And keep in mind what their favorite way to show their love for one another is ;)