Just one J post today. Normally, it would be Free Book Friday, but with the A-to-Z Challenge, Camp Nanowrimo, the launch and promotion of Her Cousin, Much Removed, writing other stuff (which you can find in the sidebar), good, old-fashioned all-American taxes, plus all the normal drudgery, I’m just wiped. Too tired even for alliteration.
So on to J, which has to be juxtaposition. First of all, I love the sound of the word, the way it divides itself into two distinct halves and yet squishes itself together. Perfect.
Juxtaposition is the heart of conflict. You put one person’s needs against another, and it sparks friction. It’s the line where something can turn from bright and sunny to weird and off, and get the two to hang in stasis; it’s that kind of juxtaposition that Tim Burton exploits so well. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” utilized it to perfection, from setting to character.
It’s also the mechanical workings of comedy, the gears that crank it along. You put a cat lady in a dog shelter, and something funny will happen. You take two things, two people, two animals who don’t belong together, juxtapose them, and you have all those spaces where they don’t fit to fill with humor.
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