Many strange things happen when you have a critique group. Like they get you hooked on Dr. Who. And then they give you presents with pictures of the weeping angels from Dr. Who. And then you can’t ever blink again. Because it’s either not blink or die. As you can see from my terrified expression–this is serious.
For a brief explanation, Dr. Who is a British sci-fi that’s slightly cheesy but worth every moment. And the weeping angels are angel statues, similar to the ones you’d see in a garden or a graveyard, but they’re deadly. When you’re not looking at them, they move. You blink, they move. And if you click on that picture and look closer, my picture is the before (drawn by the talented Chersti, by the way) and the other picture is when they come at you. Creeee-py.
By far, the weeping angels are the scariest villain/monster I’ve seen on Dr. Who yet. And so I’ve asked myself–what makes them so creepy? (I love that I can watch TV and learn things about writing! 🙂 )
I think the biggest thing that makes these angels so scary is just because they are angels. The genius writers took something that is supposed to be comforting and peaceful and turned it into something scary. Second, they took something that is real, that you could potentially see anywhere. And when you do…you’ll think about that scary episode of Dr. Who. And the last scary thing about them is that you can’t see them move. It’s the element of the unknown that adds to the terror.
If you’re looking for a writing exercise for today, try making something ordinary (or peaceful and comforting) into something terrifying and write a scene about it. It might turn out to be a good book idea.
(What a wonderful post right before Christmas. But at the same time…there are plenty of things that come out at Christmas time that could become creepy objects…hmm…)
PS. For the readers who read Chersti’s blog too, sorry that this is kind of a copy cat post. 🙂