Post by ScienceGirl on Mar 12, 2021 21:14:59 GMT -6
A Macguffin is a plot device that some authors use to drive their story along, even though it doesn't have an impact on the story itself. Macguffins have been around since the days of Alfred Hitchcock and you can find them hiding in many, many stories.
One of the best examples of a Macguffin is the falcon statuette in The Maltese Falcon. Everyone wants to get their hands on it, but the falcon itself only appears a few pages in the text. It drives the story along, but it does not participate in the story.
Other famous Macguffins. What about that adorable Grogu? At least in the first season. Don't spoil it for me because I need to catch up on watching, but I think that one might work. The sugar bowl in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Arthur's Holy Grail. The briefcase in Pulp Fiction. The Persian rug in the Big Lebowski.
Can you think of other Macguffins? I think it can be fun to try to spot them.
Does your story have a Macguffin? If you are struggling with your plotline and motivation to get readers from start to finish in your story, you might try a Macguffin!
Maguffins are a great classic plot device! In Star Trek dilytheum (sp?) crystals are a constant macguffin even though it's not needed in every episode.
Many many supernatural/paranormal shows have maguffins. Often more than one because once they find the first, they need a second or third...or the first breaks/is destroyed.
Honestly, in fantasy stories they can be overused BUT I still enjoy them as long as they aren't the world's only hope. I like options and I hate the same type of quests over and over. I personally enjoy it when the maguffin is in pieces and each one is a totally different type of quest. The show The Magicians handled this well during the third season when they have to find 7 keys to restore magic. Each key had a different magical trait (like one can make you see things that are hidden, another made whoever touched it hear their worst thought, and another allowed people to be connected over long distances) and each key was hidden in different places. Some were easy to find and others took multiple attempts/episodes.
Gasp, the ring in Lord of the Rings is a MacGuffin?! I think this goes to show that the plot isn't really what the story is about. It's what happens, sure, but the story is about the people and what goes on inside them.
pelwrath: I’ve only had such a contract for a story once before. That doesn’t excuse my stupidity.
Sept 20, 2021 15:37:51 GMT -6
pelwrath: Did about 1200 words on Vampire #2 this morning with more for tonight. Wife and daughter watching Candyman.
Sept 20, 2021 17:11:05 GMT -6
pelwrath: My wife said with pouting eyes, “don’t you want to watch Candyman with me?” Horror not a genre of preference. Monster scary (Alien, etc.) fine. That said, movie isn’t that bad with an interesting twist at the end.
Sept 21, 2021 11:40:08 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Oh, ugh, no! Saw that one waaaaay back. Never again. Not my genre either. Still, I've never said "Candyman" three times while looking in a mirror. No way! LOL
Sept 22, 2021 11:49:31 GMT -6
pelwrath: This one is brand new and answers questions from the first.
Sept 22, 2021 12:04:10 GMT -6
HDSimplicityy: i dont think Ive seen it either.
Sept 22, 2021 15:05:34 GMT -6
pelwrath: Researching the city of Edinburgh isn't hard, but trying to connect two disjoint locations in and near the city for my book 2 draft, ain't easy.
Sept 22, 2021 20:04:13 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: We've been joking about Candyman at work because the lead was excited to see it
Sept 22, 2021 20:17:27 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: "Okay, you guys go home and say candyman 3 times in the mirror and then come back and tell me what happens"
Sept 22, 2021 20:17:40 GMT -6
whaleworkforfood: What do you guys think happens if you say Candyman (or Bloody Mary or any other mirror-related apparitions) non-consecutively? Like if you say Candyman once tonight, then says Candyman again the next night. Do you still summon Candyman?
Sept 23, 2021 7:58:06 GMT -6
pelwrath: If you're saying with the knowledge of what could happen, then too bad for you. Also, the new movie provides an interesting definition of mirror.
Sept 23, 2021 9:58:08 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: I think it has to be consecutive or else my parrot-y butt has unknowingly summoned Mary Worth several hundred times by now LOL
Sept 23, 2021 14:52:33 GMT -6
Alatariel: What about with Beetlejuice? I think it must be within a certain time-period, like the same minute or something.
Sept 23, 2021 16:20:49 GMT -6