Monday, August 01, 2011
For want of a better word, I will call them signifiers. But in four movies I recently saw there was the moment when a minor symptom telescoped an eventual event and these in particular are used so often as to be cliches. A woman feels queasy: pregnancy; a woman complains of headaches: brain tumor; a man rubs his arm: heart attack.
I bet there are lots of others too. I don't know why writers can't think of a more unique way to foreshadow a coming event if it needs to be foreshadowed.
These are used so much they create no tension and, in fact, elicit groans. What's the problem here?