Trope of the Week time! As an action writer, this is always one I have to pay attention to.
Around your characters are millions of people, all of them battling with pikes and swords, maybe even laser-guns, and covered in armor to delay their deaths. The din of war swallows the battlefield, filled with shrieks of rage and cries of death. In a small pocket, somehow protected from all of this, your characters have the chance to take a breather, stand, and survey the madness around them. They share a talk that lasts one minute, two, five — and then they dive back into battle, having never been in any real danger while they stood talking.
Why this can be bad: While discussing a whole host of cliched moments in the final Hobbit movie, Screen Junkies brought up this one, which really stood out to me. It’s something I’ve always vaguely noticed, but it took that video for me to realize that, yes, this is a crappy trope. Characters…
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