The Perfect Scene,  Writing

The Perfect Scene

The perfect scene is that moment when you are stunned, shattered, beaming, wracked with astonished disbelief, brimming with absolute excitement, or filled with utter satisfaction. Those scenes that you think cannot not possibly be better, or more right, than they are. Those scenes that you still remember, long after you’ve stopped reading them.

Today I’ve got a bit of an odd one, because I am not actually going to describe the scene.

I’m talking about a specific scene in The Neverending Story. The scene in which Bastian learns how Moonchild must be saved.

I will admit that I watched the movie before I read this book, and so I always think of the movie and not the book when I remember this scene, but that’s okay. It’s a scene near the end of the movie, although it actually takes place a little less than halfway through the book (if I recall correctly!)

Like I said, I’m not going to describe this scene, because I truly believe you should experience this scene for yourself. But if you’ve seen/read The Neverending Story, I hope you will know what I’m talking about. That moment, when you are pulled into the story in such an amazing way, that moment when you realize just how layered and awesome this adventure is!

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As a viewer, I was completely blown away by this scene. Seriously, me and my husband were watching it together, and we just looked at each other, huge smiles on our faces when this occurred. As a reader, it was still exciting, even though I knew it was coming. And I’ve never experienced anything else like it.

As a writer, this scene inspires me so much. It’s not the type of device that, as of yet, I have ever tried to write, but I think it’s the care and layering of the scene, the great expanse of the characters to reach out to one another and understand how wonderful and boundless the world of the story can be, that gets to me. I love how complicated and yet how simple this story is. The imaginative world is impressive and the adventure is grand, but the resolution is, in the end, a beautiful, fantastic, and relatively simplistic one.

It’s a good reminder that we can create worlds that are massive and complex and intricate and lovely, while still having individual characters that are special and worthy of our devotion, even if, after everything, their tale is an uncomplicated one. Characters can be both “average” and extraordinary, and there is absolutely nothing to tie us down when we create. We can even leap out of the pages and grab our readers, which is awesome.

So this, to me, is a perfect scene, and one that makes me appreciate the imagination and talent of writing so much.

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