Okay, so it's no secret that I'm a lover of movies, and relating things I see in movies to writing, and yeah. Well, strap yourselves in for another comparison. I guess this might be more of a complaint, actually.
So think of your favorite movie. It could also be an hour-long drama/comedy on TV. Got it in your head?
Think of the beginning. Then think about half-way through. There are two things that I really, really, REALLY wish I could do in my writing.
1. The voice-over beginning. I'd love to simply voice over the first five pages of my MS to fill in the readers on exactly how my world came to be, and the hierarchy that exists, and who the good guy is, and who the bad guy is.
Think of how many words you could save! In fact, it would be great if a recording began as soon as a reader opened the book, sort of like those greeting cards that play music when you open them.
2. The musical montage. About halfway through every good movie comes the musical montage. You know. The part where a catchy song plays and time is advanced, and the two MC's fall in love, and everything is hunky dory and la-la-la.
In Baywatch, this is where all the running on the beach happens. Ha!
I would basically kill to be able to skip these middle chapters where my MC's spend all this time together getting to know each other and falling in love, and winter becomes spring and spring becomes summer and then bam! The next bad thing can happen.
Maybe in books, when the reader gets to page 250, there can be a CD or something. The reader can listen to it before turning to the next page and continuing the story.
Yeah, I definitely need a voice-over beginning and a musical montage middle.
What aspect of movies would you like to implant into your novel? (And it can't be an actor. Ha!)