Bits on Pattern Recognition

A few notes on writing stuff I gleaned from reading Gibson’s Pattern Recognition.

Place, place, place. Gibson’s descriptions of locations are always excellent, but in PR I noticed just how much of that comes from characterization. The settings are described with details that only Cayce Pollard would notice.

Emails as denouement. Now this was cool. All the loose ends were neatly tied by showing a series of pertinent emails from various characters to the MC. Neat and easy.

Girl stuff. Really? A makeover scene AND the MC finally becoming happy once she’s found a man? Come on now. This is the sort of thing people mean when they talk about strong female characters. Here’s a great woman, and the last scene is her comfortably in bed with a man. Because god forbid she be happy on her own. Boo.

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