Friday, February 4, 2011

Rupert Giles and Meet a Character

Remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer? I realize this is a crazy-stupid question, as we all do, but hang with me.

In the early episodes, Giles had to explain...a lot. So, why was the exposition coming out of his mouth so much better than the exposition shooting from my fingertips? Maybe it was the British accent. Maybe the take-off-glasses-and-pinch-bridge-of-nose moments. Maybe Anthony Stewart Head was/is just so awesome we didn't mind. Whatever it was (by the way, I really think it was that Joss Whedon's world and story were so wonderful we wanted to hear the exposition, my opinion), we got through it, and I loved every minute. Okay, so there were a couple episodes that didn't...wait!...not the point...

ANYWAY, if you had a chance to read my page 99, you were probably wondering what the heck my book's about. :) Yeah, me too! 99 was a breather, unfortunately, but you did get to meet Doc. She's one of the key characters in Outta the Bag, not to mention Kat's entire life after that fateful car crash. Book summary here if you missed it.

Doctor Megan Caste is dead. She's been that way for quite a while, but time doesn't matter much in the Afterlife. When Kat walks through Doc's door, she gets everything but answers. Here's a taste of Doc, and (finally) a tie-in to why I even mentioned exposition.

The man to my right gave me a closed mouth laugh. “Just wait. It’ll get interesting.” He handed me a plastic cup, and I took a wary sniff before passing it back. He grinned (god, those dimples…delicious) before offering it to the woman behind me. She downed the contents in one gulp and crinkled her pointy nose. The movement put a dent in the center of her forehead. Wisps of yellow flew out of her bun as she tried to shake off the taste. 
I was instantly jealous. Long eyelashes, rosy cheeks, and just the hint of a sexy smirk curling her lips. Plus, I could never pull off those knee-high, red boots.

Like a said, just a taste. A nibble really. To leave you with a bit on exposition (this is Doc again, and is that actual plot? GASP):

She walked around her desk and sat on the edge, her heeled feet dangling above the ground. “We talked about my waiting room being an ‘in-between’ of sorts. It is and isn’t limbo, if you know what I mean. When a body dies, the Ace passes through here and waits to move on to a new body. When one opens up…hey, wake up, Kat!” She slammed her hand against the desk. “You realize you’re asleep right now, so why are you yawning? Exposition’s boring, but it’s a dirty necessity.”

 Do you pull off exposition like Rupert Giles? How?! FLY TO 500 Contest going on now!



Andrea said...

Exposition tends to be present in mass amounts in those first drafts and gets slashed apart later, which is good! And according to the awesomeness of BTVS, if we write characters British or like Joss Whedon or pack them with Buffy Snark, the exposition isn't even like exposition. As long as it entertains and doesn't ramble on for too long, I think we're good with it. :)

Marie Rearden said...

We're gonna get along just fine, Andrea. :)

Donea Lee said...

Hi Marie! Always great to find another BtVS lover! Oh Giles...I'd have to say the voice/the accent let him get away with it. I agree with Andrea, if it's entertaining and doesn't over power the scene - also, sprinkled between some action and dialog, you're good to go! :)