Thursday, July 18, 2019

Motifs I'd Like To Use #4: The Fun House

Welcome everyone!

In continuing this series (you can catch #3 HERE), I want to talk about Fun Houses. You know, those crazy things from cheap carnivals that always sound better than they really are?

The idea of mirrors as portals or revealers of truth intrigues me. Ray Bradbury's classic story "Something Wicked This Way Comes" puts mirrors and duality to good use. It even employs a "house of mirrors" for good measure, which lines up nicely with what I'm talking about.

But a Fun House can be more than just mirrors. I picture rooms moving and teleporting all over the building to disorient hapless victims trapped inside. Mirages delighting both the mind and the senses in order to capture those who ordinarily would resist such visceral charms.

I suppose the best part of a magical Fun House would be the lack of limitations on me as an author. I could mix and match, rearrange things as the story needed. I wouldn't be bound by conventional geometry and physics.

Sometimes it's so easy to get bogged down in minutiae. Fun House freedom seems awfully nice when I'm still struggling to decide where all the buildings in Vitalba village might be.



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