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I’m writing a screenplay with one psuedo-sociopath, and I had some time to peruse Barnes and Noble before volunteering today. A psychology book, The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, caught my eye. I read the first couple of chapters, and naturally I started thinking about famous sociopaths in film and the structures that deliver their inhumane stories to audiences.

Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ popped up because I’m making my way through season 2. To me, part of the magic behind its writing is the main character’s internal monologues that narrate the action. Being inside of a sociopath’s mind helps us imagine the unimaginable. See, Dr. Stout says that the state of pure guiltlessness is unimaginable by people with consciences. This is exactly why I think we’d be drawn to these characters – and ultimately why we’d prefer a story where we hear the character’s thoughts.

Now another sociopath popped up in my head: Javier Bardem’s Chigurh from ‘No Country for Old Men.’ Now the Coen bros’ script definitely has no internal monologues. We don’t get to hear his thoughts, and it still worked. We still got that Chigurh, at least after seeing him kill a random driver, doesn’t feel guilt for killing. Then he explains it later, I think. I’m not sure; it’s a long movie.

So both obviously worked, but which one’s better? I’m going to go with ‘Dexter.’ I love seeing the character Dexter in normal situations and hearing his sociopathic thoughts. Though, word of caution, it makes him more humane than Chigurh (despite him killing someone every episode.) That’s because internal monologues offer justification and internal conflict – things we can relate to – whereas Chigurh’s guarded mind makes him more monstrous.

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This is a quick post. I just saw the coraline commercial, and the reviews, while good, sound like they’re bankhanded compliments.

“Best film of the year…”

when it’s only been a month…

“Best film in 3D…”

But..not a good film compared to normal ones?

It’s a sloppy commercial. The plot isn’t clear, and the audio always sounds off. Seeing Friday the 13th made me want to see Jason slash Coraline in half with his machete. Now, that’d be a good commercial.

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“Hey, dude, what’s u– Are you reading Twilight?”

“Um…”

“Are you, a 22 year old man, reading a teen angst novel about vampires?”

“It’s my sister’s. I was just browsing…I mean, they’re vampires so it’s not that bad.”

“Yeah, and Harry Potter’s a wizard, but you don’t see me reading those dumb books.”

“How dare you talk that way about Harry!?”

“Dude, let’s go watch Quantum of Solace…er…are you crying?”

“Edward Cullen’s so sweet…”

“Who?”

“He’s a vampire, and he treats Bella Swan so well. So well.”

“Bro, please watch True Blood. There are boobs. Do you remember what those look like? Breasts? Remember how those used to attract you?”

I haven’t read the books, but that puts me in the minority. Tonight several people will line up at theatre to see Stephanie Meyer’s book Twilight come to life. The book is part of a series – ahem saga – that follows the relationship of Edward Cullen, a vampire, and Bella Swan, a human. Her blood smells oh so sweet to Edward, but he suppresses his appetite to love her in one of those most sweeping teen novels.

There is buzz on Twitter. Twitter-ers are talking about their excitement for tonight. Check it out>>

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You can see some cool fan art, like this sketch of the first book’s cover art, at DeviantArt:

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Check out more>> Or check out my favs below:

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And here’s a fan made trailer that’s…not half bad…

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