Saturday, July 30, 2011

Theatrical vs. Realistic Fighting...

Do you like your fictional fight scenes to represent a realistic feel or a dramatic feel? I was chatting with a friend, who happens to be a 3rd degree Kenpo instructor, and we got to talking about practical fighting style compared to the theatrical type. Kenpo, according to him, is designed as a dominating fighting style where you literally start the action and do not stop until your opponent is disabled…or worse…no ebb and flow, just flow! I can concur with this as I have seen it in action and better yet: felt it in action!

This goes against the typical theatrical or dramatic fighting style seen in movies or read in books. I mean that there are some quick fights, most of the time against henchmen or lesser characters, but for the most part, the final battle or any relevant battle has to have give and take…in fiction. 

In movies and books (including comics, etc.) the combat scenes need to be drawn out, with ebb and flow to them, so that you can feel a sense of danger for the hero, etc. and it might put you on the edge of your seat. Especially as a reader!

I am not saying at all that a writer should put together a 'silly' fight scene. Rather, the knowledge of how to fight and/or what to expect while in a fight plays kind of a major role in the whole thing.

This is almost a continuation of the ‘Hero?’ blog from a few days ago, but with a slightly different twist. Instead of answering what type of hero do you like, you will be thinking about how fight scenes develop and how the combatants might interact with one another.

It got me to thinking about what if the hero was just 'that good'. No matter who the enemy or opponent was, the hero (or villain?) could defeat them simply and efficiently.

This is just my opinion and I am not trying to force it on anyone, but wouldn’t that be boring to see or read? How real do you want your combat? Dramatic or realistic?

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