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.