Monday, November 24, 2014

Dialogue Thoughts

I’ve been watching a lot of movies while I recuperate from surgery. The Bourne Series is one of my favs. But just in case you think I’m being a complete slacker I’m also writing down lines of dialogue that inspire me. I like to think I’m channel all these bits and snippets I take note of when I get back to writing.

Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.  Alfred Hitchcock
I love this bit of dialogue from the Bourne Identity. A great way to impart a lot of information while keeping it interesting.

I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How can I know that and not know who I am?

Action and adventure is my favourite category on Netflix. What kinds of movies take your mind off life?


B.E. Sanderson said...

I love Hitchcock, and that's a great piece of dialogue. Haven't seen or read the Bourne series, though. :ducks: I meant to, but they didn't make the move.

I watch all sorts of stuff, but I wait until I can find it on TV. Which is why I haven't seen the Bourne movies yet - I keep finding one in the middle and they're the kind of movies where I'm lost if I don't come in at the beginning.

Silver James said...

Loved the Bourne books and was surrpised at how well they transitioned into movies. Dialogue can be such a bugaboo if not done right. It needs to sound like "real" speech. I had an editor ding me once because the hero's dialogue was stilted and she found it jarring. I reminded her that he was a) a college professor teaching Ancient History, and b) an 800 year old vampire who had been a Knight Templar. OF COURSE HIS DIALOGUE was stilted! LOL That said, good dialogue is a great way to move the story and show the readers what's going on instead of telling them in paragraphs of description. That one bit from Jason Bourne speaks volumes! And no pun intended. Think about how many words would be needed to get all that information about him into the readers hands. :)

Karyn Good said...

Hi B.E. I love Hitchcock too! Still love watching his movies. It does help to watch them in order. You'll have to wait for a Bourne marathon!

Karyn Good said...

Exactly, Silver! Much more interesting to have Jason opening up to Marie and giving her a look into his confusion and fears. I love dialogue that matches the situation and the setting. Of course an immortal vampire would have different speech patterns than modern humans.

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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