From author Janette Rallison:
As I walked out of the movie theater last week, I thought about all the important life facts movies teach us, and wanted to share a few of them.
1) Important people frequently fall to their death.
I’m not sure why this happens. At first I thought it was simply a convenient way for villains to die without heros having to kill them (Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Enchanted,) but after watching a particular movie–which I will not name, lest I spoil it for someone–I realized falling is a popular way for anyone who is important to die. Your take away from this lesson should be: if you are an important person, you should not stand on high surfaces.
2) Sometimes people come back from the dead.
You wouldn’t think this would happen very often, but Hollywood begs to differ. And it’s not just the villains who are resurrected in sequels to wreck havoc again. No, heroes are almost as likely to cheat death. Examples include Baloo from The Jungle Book, Jack Sparrow in At World’s End, Gandolf in Lord of the Rings, Sherlock in the TV BBC series (Hey, I only faked my death–really convincingly, and for no apparent reason didn’t tell Watson.) Spock in Star Trek III, and maybe Kirk in the last Star Trek movie . . . did he quasi die? I can’t actually remember, because the plot device is used so often it’s sometimes hard to keep track of the undead. Anyway, I’m actually hoping that the directors of the sequel to the movie I just watched un-kill someone. I mean, some characters should be immortal. Period.
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7) Bad guys will frequently try to kill you in the least logical manner.
This often involves a villain leaving you for dead before you’ve actually died–one can only assume in order to give you a chance to escape. Or just as frequently–even though the villain has a gun and presumably knows how to use it–he will come close enough to you to engage in a hand to hand fight.
8) Villains will tell you all about their evil plots before they try to kill you.
You wouldn’t think bad guys would feel the need for a lot of explanatory chit chat. I can barely get my sons to tell me how their day was, but villains will tell you everything, smugly delaying your final demise. Despite what your English [professor] told you about hubris, it turns out that gloating is the fatal flaw that does in most characters.
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