Chekhov's gun explained with examples

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Re: Chekhov's gun explained with examples

Postby Rath Darkblade » Tue, 12 Jun 2018 4:38 pm

*grabs Chekhov's gun and blasts away at stories that don't use it* ;)

Yes... keep track of your details. It's very easy to mention something early on as background filler, but if you describe it in detail, then that something is obviously important and had better come back to be useful in some way! ;)
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Re: Chekhov's gun explained with examples

Postby PaulE » Tue, 12 Jun 2018 6:04 pm

New Jersey: Why is there a watermelon there?
Reno Nevada: {after a pause} I'll tell you later.

An extra 10 points if you recognise the movie. They never did explain the watermelon.
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Re: Chekhov's gun explained with examples

Postby Rath Darkblade » Wed, 13 Jun 2018 2:41 pm

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension?

Never seen the movie, but googled it. ;)
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Re: Chekhov's gun explained with examples

Postby pres » Wed, 13 Jun 2018 8:41 pm

From time to time I will call (or my wife will) "Chekhov's" if we're watching a movie. One movie, a husband was going to present his manuscript to his wife. He had everything ready for the perfect presentation, decor, champagne... an open fire all ready to light... about 500 pages of manuscript. We both called out "Chekhov's fire!" and had a good laugh.

Edit: Oh yeah, it went in there :)

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Re: Chekhov's gun explained with examples

Postby Rath Darkblade » Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:45 pm

Sigh... :( I hope he had a backup! :)
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