Help out a writer with a severe case of writer's block!
June 23, 2014 8:43 AM Subscribe
I am working on a story where a character recalls several intense "Rashomon
" type events with multiple perspectives and interesting differences in how intense events play out to different witnesses. I've thought of a couple but I'd love the germ of a few more ideas...
posted by extrabox to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For example, in one idea I've developed, terrorists take over a courtyard in a crowded shopping mall and hold several people hostage. Each witness is in a different store or cafe in the mall and experience the event in very different ways - i.e. a couple in a Starbucks sees a woman rush up to a guard and hand him her baby and then rush off. The couple remembers the event as a mother trying to keep her baby safe. In contrast, a second witness, a store owner on the other side of the mall sees the woman snatch the baby from another woman's stroller and then hand it to the guard. To the store owner, the woman seems like she must be part of the terrorist plot and has been employed to keep the guard distracted with a baby --thus allowing the gunmen to take hostages.
So... I am interested in two things: Does anyone have any rough ideas like the example above where different witnesses can get totally different "take-away" from the a super quick, intense event? I'm also interested to see how others have used this Rashomon effect idea in movies or television if you can can think of other examples where this idea has been done well...