oodlyenough replied to your post: anonymous said:Can you elaborate …
lol whedonspeak was what i was thinking of reading this.
lol it was you specifically i was thinking of when i wrote that haha
and lol, i slipped into rewatching rtd talk about bad dialogue and when he mentions characters being forced to say how they’re related to others in their dialogue, it instantly made me think of when you were talking about river calling amy MOTHER DEAREST~ or whatever to remind the audience of their relationship
Anonymous asked: Can you elaborate a little on the "structured dialogue"? Although I can sorta guess by it's comparison with naturalistic dialogue, it's not a term I'm familiar with so I'd like to be sure.
lmao i pulled that term out of thin air because i haven’t learnt about this kind of technical stuff in a while and needed something to describe what i meant
it’s hard to explain (not just because i’m exhausted and it’s 1:30am) but what i mean is that RTD’s dialogue- he writes it how people actually talk, and he’s written in his book about how he imagines what the character would say in the situation if they were real, and just writes that down. there’s fillers, colloquialisms, stumbling over words, the dialogue flowing naturally back and forth. characters have their own idiolects, for instance jackie tyler usually uses ‘sweetheart’ as a discourse marker when talking to rose, ten will say his infamous ‘well….’ etc. there’s a consistency which isn’t there in moffat who (like they introduced clara saying ‘oh my stars’ in TROA because her mother also used that expression… and it’s never been said ever again)
i prefer this naturalistic way of writing, to moffat’s preference on very deliberate… sort of… back-and-forth banter. like the doctor and river communicating in either one liners or trailer speak metaphors, which couldn’t really be conceived of on the spot. it just seems… rehearsed and that disengages me with the reality of the show. as a gifset maker, i’ve found moffat’s dialogue fits a lot easier into gifs when someone is making like… 9 Rory quotes or whatever, because lines are written to stand alone as snappy quotable quotes
his characters have a lot of fun punchlines and zingers, which i’m just not a fan of. i guess it’s like how some people say they don’t like ‘whedon speak’; some people just aren’t attuned to the voices of particular writers, and that’s fine! just like how i’ve seen people say they hate how rtd’s characters talk about what they’re having for dinner- i like that! i like that element of realism that isn’t really in moffat’s who, sort of… every day small talk which isn’t funny or plot relevant. it has no purpose, but that doesn’t mean that people don’t say it irl, and that’s what makes characters real to me
additionally rtd wrote in his book about how conversation is less two people talking, but rather ‘two monologues clashing’ because human beings don’t listen to each other, but rather think about what they themselves want to say. he also speaks about it a bit with charlie brooker about what makes good/bad dialogue
the wonderful quantumtardis has written about it far more eloquently than i can here, too
probably none of that made any sense to anyone but me, o well, i hope you can fathom something from it haha
Oh no I’m sorry, one of those was me. I thought you were having fun, my bad. >_>
noo it’s fine it’s just im feeling pretty jaded and tired atm, it’s too late at night for these sort of hijinks for me lol
is this going anywhere or am i going to have to turn off anon because you’ve sent like 15 of these in 3 minutes and i’m about to go to bed
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