Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Guide to Author Jargon for the Reader - 58

apotheosis scene

technically, raising a subject to devine status, but in writing, the construction of a scene so lofty that it becomes iconic and sacrosanct. Generally, it's left to the last scene and is an act hard to follow, unless you have a curtain call. A movie equivolent would be the last scene on StarWars in the great hall or the Hobbits being idolized at the coronation at Minas Tireth (a Jacksonian touch. However, Tolkien nears apotheosis with The Ride of the Rohirrim).

Edward C. Patterson

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