Alan Moore On Storytelling

Hello Satan! I've been reading Watchmen/V For Vendetta creator Alan Moore's Writing Comics Volume One. It's a slender yet wonderfully informative and refreshing tome culled from articles he wrote in the 80s (there has yet to be a Volume Two!) Wanted to read this bit to you, as it applies to storytelling across the board, regardless of media. You ready? Then I'll begin:

"As I see it, a story of almost any kind should be like hypnosis. You fascinate the reader with your first sentence, draw them in further with your second sentence and have them in a mild trance by the third. Then, being careful not to wake them, you carry them away up to the back alleys of your narrative and when they are hopelessly lost within the story, having surrendered themselves to it, you do them terrible violence with a softball bat and then lead them whimpering to the exit on the last page. Believe me, they'll thank you for it".

It's worth re-reading this, I'm saying, even if you've already absorbed it a thousand times. Are we doing enough, with our stories, to paralyse the reader and wrap them securely in our webs, allowing us to devour them? We can always do more.

On a similar comic-centric note, I'll be at the Bristol International Comic & Small Press Expo this weekend. There are still some tickets left for Sunday and it looks set to be a superb event. If comics are your bag, then maybe I'll see you there!

4 comments:

Jared said...

How's that for timing! Just been considering all things graphic novel and then Scribomatic delivers your post to my inbox. One click on your Amazon link, and one remarkably cheap book ordered.

Thanking you muchly. :)

Ruby Tuesday said...

Well hello there! Gave up on that Twitter thing but decided to try the blogging wotsit. Comics, hey... I used to read BUNTY, remember that??? It was old even then, it was the paper version, Mavis had a bunch up in the loft. Maybe they're even worth mega bucks now. Hmmmm....

Mohamed Mughal said...

And Moore did just that in "The Watchmen."

dizzydent said...

Do you recommend the book? Is writing for comics the same as writing for graphic novel?