"KABOOM!" went the Death Star.
December 27, 2011 3:56 PM Subscribe
What are some examples of spectacular, climactic visuals... in text?
posted by The otter lady to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
You know the kind of thing I mean; the dark tower topples, the planet explodes, the Arc of the Covenant is opened, the ghosts break out of the containment grid, the anime hero triumphs in the final battle with flames and lightning and everything going everywhere... you can see all these incredible scenes in any sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural film or TV show, the kind of thing that breaks the filmmaker's budget and makes you go "WHOOHOO!"...
...but even though the imagination is the ultimate tool, it's a little harder to make flashy visuals through the medium of text. The best example I can think of from my own reading is the climax of "The Last Unicorn" which always gives me a shiver...
What are some other examples that you like for the best "Wow!" visuals in text? I want to be able to write good scenes like these, and I want examples to learn from!