|Hoping he doesn't get shot!|
Not sure I've ever seen a cowboy with
this style of hair
Think about the old movies - the woman screaming is blah, the creepy guy around the corner is seen by everyone but her and there just isn't the shock factor. Sure, technology has changed things...
Then I read reviews on books that people love except they could figure out what was going to happen so the book gets demoted to two stars. This is also something I have discussed with my CP's, trying to figure out if there is still a market for stories about people - not something that has the stakes of the loss of the world or a civilization.
What should to role of modern tension be in stories? Do we really feel like, if we aren't shocked at what happens in a book or movie, that we are disappointed? Seriously - when you go to an action movie, don't you pretty much assume the good guy will win? Or the guy will get the girl? Or the people will find a way to rally to defy the odds?
So why are we let down by a story that doesn't shock us? Just how high do the stakes have to be now?
Have you ever thumbs downed a book over tension? Is tension the most essential part of a story?