Learning from the Dead: the Buffy lessons. In his Saturday, May 17, 2003 entry author Will Shetterly makes some good points about the development of BtVS. (scroll past 'a Buffy afterthought')
"I realize I've come down on BUFFY awfully hard, but that's tribute, honest. You don't see me listing what I learned from HAPPY DAYS."
I'd use the permalink, but as usual Blogger's archiving's fuct and Shetterly's latest archive remains unpublished.
Shetterly discusses the following rules of storytelling:
1. Honor the metaphor.
2. Remember the destiny.
3. Preserve the tone.
4. Make most episodes complete unto themselves.
5. Keep the world larger than the cast.
6. Respect the story's character types when the casting changes.
7. When one character's love life sucks, make sure another character's love life is good.
8. Don't marry off main characters.
9. Don't hesitate to marry off subordinate characters.
10. Eliminate characters that don't have a distinct dramatic purpose.
11. Let your villains love.
12. Divide your hero's wants and needs.
13. Burn through story.
14. Don't jump the shark!
May 18 2003
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