Trope of the Week: Mid-Battle Conversation

Trope of the Week time! As an action writer, this is always one I have to pay attention to.



  1. This is kind of like breaching the fourth wall: the writer wants to do some sort of data-dump, and doesn’t want to draw attention to it, but trying to hide it in a battle just makes it more obvious.

    The way to use stressful-scene chit-chat is illustrated in these clips:

    Earlier scenes in the cross-country flight sequence have golden moments, too, and the final scene of the movie is the best example of battle-chat I can think of.

  2. Youtube examples. Great idea! The one that really sticks in my head for this is the fight between Sherlock and Moriarty at the end of ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.’ Not only because it’s the film’s sole redeeming feature, but it features a very unique conversation which is the fight itself.

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