In 2009, Colleen Lindsay wrote a blog about what Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse could teach novelists about hooking readers.
Good article. Really true, too.
The art of storytelling has changed over the years. Our attention spans, as a collective audience, have shortened.
Colleen’s post is mostly about how Dollhouse took a few episodes (like seven, according to viewers) to really get going. People generally won’t wait through 7 hours of a show to get interested, unless they’re die hard Whedon fans like I am. (I actually liked it from episode 1).
It’s just a fact of entertainment reality. Audiences want to be hooked immediately. First page. First 5 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »