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Alan Hamilton Quotes

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Its plot is loose and tortuous and will take some time for its stars to emerge.
- Alan Hamilton

Some commoners are less common than others.
- Alan Hamilton

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not
sing when they are feeling sensible.
- W. H. Auden

I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme.
Those things come later, for me.
- Michael Ondaatje

 

I don't like to go to the movies to see violence or
some kind of spy thing with all kinds of information
you have to assimilate to understand the plot.
- Pia Zadora

Government should work to insure the rights of the individual,
not plot to take them away.
- Lyn Nofziger

I think situations are more important than plot and character.
- Harry Mathews

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I like to be surprised.
Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds.
Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling.
Writing feels like exploring.
- David Brin

God, I'd love to do a big commercial movie that made
a lot of money and whose plot was interesting too.
- Bob Balaban

I think a lot of composers get into trouble just making
up a plot and expecting an audience to follow that.
- John Eaton

In order to have a plot, you have to have a conflict,
something bad has to happen.
- Mike Judge

Sometimes my plot lines are so convoluted,
I get calls from friends at 3 am saying;
you SOB,
you'll never pull this one off.
- Clive Cussler

I never plot out my novels in terms of the tone of the book.
Hopefully, once a story is begun it reveals itself.
- Alice Hoffman

Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.
- Thomas Moore

You can't remember the plot of the Dr Who movie because it didn't have one,
just a lot of plot holes strung together.
It did have a lot of flashing lights,
though.
- Terry Prachett

My books are primarily plot driven but the best plot
in the world is useless if you don't populate them
with characters that readers can care about.
- Jeffery Deaver

You know, Motorcycle Diaries has no incredible stories,
no sudden plot twists, it doesn't play that way.
It's about recognizing that instance of change and embracing it.
- Gael Garcia Bernal

Wake the power within thee slumbering,
trim the plot that's in thy keeping,
thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour's prize.
- John Stuart Blackie

If I had a plot that was all set in advance,
why would I want go through the agony of writing the
novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery,
for me at any rate.
- Chaim Potok

The idea that I'm going to have to sit down to write
some fiction where I'm going to have to think of a
plot would really scare me,
because it would come out a mess.
- Tracey Emin

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all,
there is only the meaning we each give to our life,
an individual meaning, an individual plot,
like an individual novel, a book for each person.
- Anais Nin

This means keeping many trails open at once,
inevitably requiring a fairly 'parallel' plot.
This plot should be discovered rather than announced,
so show, don't tell.
- Graham Nelson

What the devil does the plot signify,
except to bring in fine things?
- George Villiers

Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot
points but the actors are not playing them dramatically.
- Aaron Eckhart

Writing is truly a creative art - putting word to a
blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged
story rife with character and plot.
- William Shatner

Sometimes I'll hear a phrase or a word and write it
down in my little black notebook (a writer's best mate),
then come back to it and work a plot around it.
- Paul Kane

When sex is necessary for the plot of a book,
or a character development, then I don't shy away from it.
Why should I?
- Laurell K. Hamilton

The cliches are that it's the most generic Starsky
and Hutch plot you can find.
- Ben Stiller

Now I start my diary of my personal plot to kill by
pistol either Richard Nixon or George Wallace.
- Arthur Bremer

The king died and then the queen died is a story.
The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.
- E. M. Forster

My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories,
because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.
- Lasse Hallstrom

The Carrie in the plot was too much like the Carrie in the book.
She smoked, she swore a lot, she was very hard,
very cynical.
I could never have pulled it off.
- Kristin Davis

I don't care how good a song is - if it holds back the storyline,
stalls the plot, your audience will reject it.
- Dorothy Fields

There's almost always a point in a book where something
happens that triggers the rest of the plot.
- Jonathan Carroll

The thing should have plot and character,
beginning, middle and end.
Arouse pity and then have a catharsis.
Those were the best principles I was ever taught.
- Anne Rice

Quite casually I wander into my plot,
poke around with my characters for a while,
then amble off, leaving no moral proved and no reader improved.
- Thorne Smith

Plot and character are virtually the same thing.
- Daniel Keys Moran

If the audience never understands the plot,
it can be counted on to be attentive to the very end.
- Benedetto Marcello

It's very liberating for me to realize that I don't
have to step up to the plate with a plot that involves the U.N.
Security Council.
- Jonathan Franzen

I try to trace the connection between the characters
and that way a story or plot emerges.
- Anita Desai

I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme.
To me, that's never been important.
- Len Wein

If you stop one terror attack in the U.S.,
it may be connected to multiple other plots out there that are connected.
If you reveal that you stopped one plot,
it may tip our hand.
- Patrick McHenry

I have a plot, but not much happens.
- Howard Nemerov

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise.
Because that is how life is - full of surprises.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire.
- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self.
A course to plot is a destination to hope for.
- Bryant H. McGill

I remember the guest stars who came,
they were always trying to find a new plot for their
characters because they wanted to stay.
It was really a great working environment.
- Caroline Dhavernas

Time, in general, has always been a central obsession of mine -
what it does to people,
how it can constitute a plot all on its own.
So naturally, I am interested in old age.
- Anne Tyler

So I work hard to present the human side of my characters
while not neglecting the plot.
- Jeffery Deaver

A free and prosperous Iraq will be a major blow to
the terrorists and their desire to establish a safe
haven in Iraq where they can plan and plot attacks.
- Scott McClellan

Show me where Stalin is buried and I'll show you a Communist Plot.
- Edgar Bergen

Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love
affair which makes a part of the plot,
is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit.
- Carl Clinton Van Doren

I lose tons of stuff on the cutting room floor.
For Scary Movie 3, for example, we had a lot of Matrix spoofs,
a Hulk scene, and some of that stuff just doesn't hold up -
it's too much plot,
audiences just didn't want to hear about it.
- David Zucker

I began to be impressed by what made a good book-how
you needed to have a sensible story,
a plot that developed, with a beginning,
a middle, and an end that would tie everything together.
- Dorothy Fields

As much as most of the actors were kind of curious
to know what their character meant in relation to the script and to the plot,
they really were quite happy to be part of the adventure of not knowing.
- Radha Mitchell

Once you have invented a character with three dimensions and a voice,
you begin to realize that some of the things you'd
like him to do to further your plot are things that such a person wouldn't,
or couldn't, do.
- Thomas Perry

Two things I do well in books are sex and violence,
but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence.
The sex and violence are only as graphic as need be.
And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

I enjoyed doing the gag covers better than the story
ones because they were usually simpler.
A cover based on an incident in the plot took a great
deal of staging to tell a little story that was still part of the book.
And it had to make sense on its own.
- Carl Barks

In discussing the process with the actors,
I made it clear to them that they could improvise but
that the sum total of their improvisation needed to
impart certain plot points,
and schematic material.
- Mike Figgis

In my books, women often solve the problem.
Even if the woman is not the hero, she's a strong character.
She does change the plot.
She'll often rescue the male character from some situation.
- Ken Follett

I better make the plot good.
I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and
have a big turning point in the middle,
as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.
- Mark Haddon

I always have one or two, sometimes more,
Navajo or other tribes' cultural elements in mind when I start a plot.
In Thief of Time, I wanted to make readers aware of
Navajo attitude toward the dead,
respect for burial sites.
- Tony Hillerman

I plot the first 5 or 6 chapters quite minutely,
and also the end.
So I know where I am going but not how I'm going to get there,
which gives characters the chance to develop organically,
as happens in real life as you get to know a person.
- Joanna Trollope

Part of the plot was a knock that V wanted to bring
down the government and bring chaos.
I don't know why I thought of Guy Fawkes,
because it was during the summer.
I thought that would be great if he looked like Guy Fawkes,
kind of theatrical.
- David Lloyd

Typically in horror films the character just services the plot,
and you really are just going from 'point a' to 'point b,'
just so that you can end up at 'point c.'
They are just sort of stick characters.
That's just not interesting to me.
- Kevin Williamson

Mr. Chairman, on September 11, we were attacked by
terrorists who took advantage of weaknesses in our border security.
After infiltrating our country, the terrorists were
able to conceal their real identities,
and thereby plot their attacks without fear of being apprehended.
- Jim Ryun

We began to do little things, have little scenes where
we just talked about things that had nothing to do with the plot.
In fact, in the beginning, they didn't want us to do that.
But as time went on, you see that in so many shows.
I think we were the first to do that.
- Don Knotts

In Endless Quest books, you start the plot,
and the character has to make choices.
Then you have to write one choice over here,
one choice over there.
The author might get one or two choices out.
- Margaret Weis

The one thing I would like more credit for is being
part of a movement which involves recognising the importance
of plot and asserting that books of literary worth
could be written that had plots.
- Scott Turow

That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning,
a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that
sustain interest from the first sentence to the last.
But that is not what I do at all.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great
beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature,
of character, of the passions and their operations
in diversified situations.
- Horace Walpole


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