I’ve reached the point where I’m questioning some of the major events that make up my plot. Again.
I don’t know if this is part of the creative process or what, but I’m getting to the point where I’m like haaaaaaaaaating life. So here’s my question to put to “all” of you.
***What are the three biggest “issues” you find yourself having when you watch movies or read books of the mystery/suspense genre? (What “unforgivable sins” do writers commit that make you go “oh, please” or “aw, geez”?)
Here’s an example of some things that I can’t stand and am already trying to avoid. (But I’d really appreciate it if you can think of any others!)
1) When the ending of a story is so out of left field that there’s NO WAY you could’ve possibly figured it out on your own. (Like when Mr. Green turned out to be working for the government in CLUE. Or when the bad guy of the book turns out to be some dude you’ve never heard of, and it’s like “Whaaaa?”)
2) When the plot is SO formulaic, that you know who dunnit and what he/she done like a third of the way through the book. (“Aha! The creepy, antisocial butler did it!”)
3) When the main character is all “deep” but the rest of the characters are totally one-dimensional. (i.e. the gruff old police chief, the slutty best friend and the sexy, rugged love interest who sweeps in at the last second to save the heroine, etc…) Not that there’s anything wrong with the traditional romantic comedy format, I’m just shooting a little higher in this case.
4) When the bad guy is totally, obviously nefarious to anyone who meets him. Like, when there’s a mustache that he likes to twirl while he cackles maniacally. Unless that guy turns out not to be the bad guy. Then, he’s hilarious.
Okay, now what else am I missing?