[DWJ] Monthly Read-Along - Howl's Moving Castle

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Tue Jan 7 15:03:37 EST 2014

On Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:03:37 +0000
Farah Mendlesohn <farah.sf at gmail.com> wrote:

> Screwball comedy should be thought of as a snowball rolling down a
> slope. It starts small and slow, gathers momentum and consequence and
> ends in a crash. Think of that moment at the end of Bringing Up Baby
> when the dinosaur collapses.
> I realised recently that it's the comedy version of the horror
> trajectory (which starts small and distant, and gets more terrifying
> and closer).
> The key thing is that the increase in pace is geometric rather than
> linear: when you map the increasing speed, it's a curve.
> That may of course not help at all.

Used to be called "one thing leads to another" fiction, back in the
distant past.

I'd say that a really classic example of this in DWJ's work might be
"Wilkins' Tooth", which starts with a broken chair and ends with saving
everyone's lives from disasters.


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