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I told the ladies in my local RWA chapter I’d teach a class on it and as I bring the class together (keeping in mind that people usually get STUPIDER after working with me) I realize that … ahem … not only to I maybe not know what The Moral Premise is, but I’m not sure anyone else does either.
I had a kind of lengthy conversation with several author friends and we debated this. Does Moral Premise just mean The Moral of the Story? Does it mean the spiritual theme? I’m still struggling with it and maybe you all can help--because I definitely need HELP.
Excuse me while I weep quietly and curse the day I agreed to stand up in front of other writers and try to TEACH THEM SOMETHING.
Please bear with me during a long awkward moment while I whimper and sob and blow my nose in an unpleasant and soggy manner.
Okay, I’m back. (sniffle)
So…the example I found on the Moral Premise blog that seemed to make the most sense was for the movie Die Hard. Bruce Willis fighting terrorists in a high rise, who are holding his wife and a bunch of others hostage.
It made a great kind of sense…sort of.
I don’t know if you’ve seen this movie but let me just say now I love it but the language is toe curling. Honestly that’s all that’s bad about it—well violence of course but we can all handle that now can’t we? But whoa baby is there a lot of nasty profane language, very hard core. Be warned.
Okay, now that the disclaimer is over, the moral premise of this movie is that Bruce Willis’s love for his estranged wife dies hard. And if we take that a step further, everything in this movie dies hard. John McClane is a hard man to kill. They try and try, trust me.
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The villain’s main sidekick dies hard…in face he dies TWICE.
The newsman who’s snooping around for the inside story of the people inside the building – his ambition dies hard.
The cop who is McClane’s contact with the outside world has been crushed by a shooting that involved a child and his guilt dies hard.
That’s an interesting take on the book and it supports the Moral Premise idea that the themes or premise needs to echo between characters. If one person is filled with anger and trying to get over it, then another character needs to be filled with anger and be consumed by it and another—most likely the bad buy, needs to be reveling in it.
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I need advice on this topic. (and no, that doesn’t include move and leave no forwarding address—I already asked my husband and he says we have to keep living next door to our cows)
Leave a comment containing your understanding (or lack there-of) about The Moral Premise. I’ll put your name in the drawing for a signed copy of In Too Deep!
And I'm giving away TWO copies today so just leaving a comment gets your name in for that second one.
In Too Deep
It’s Ethan and Audra’s story and, I have to say, for two people who were more or less forced to marry, they are just finding married life…..ahem…delightful….in all ways. Ethan couldn’t be more amazed. Audra is just as surprised as all get-out. And if people would please just stop trying to kill them, they could settle down and be real happy. And I think the moral premise of In Too Deep is fear.
If you face your fear you can defeat it. If you run from your fear you become a victim of it.
PS, this does not apply to mice, so shut up.
Buy The Moral Premise by Dr. Stanley Williams. HERE