It’s Complicated

Watching and enjoying Orphan Black, a very exciting suspense-thriller tv series, and noticing that the essential ingredient that makes it work is that it’s complicated. It’s a tough trick for a writer to pull off, because the moment, the very instant the complexities begin to resolve, the whole structure can feel suddenly deflated. It’s just very hard to keep juggling all the balls in the air forever. I’m reminded of the novel Easy Travel to Other Planets, by Ted Mooney, which managed to pull it off to the extent that you knew there was a gun somewhere, but you forgot exactly where it got to, and then at the most critical moment you’re like, OMG where the fuck is that gun? I imagine that it takes a great deal of detailed planning to put together a story like this. Kudos to those who can.

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