||[Jul. 27th, 2004|12:30 pm]
Which is a familiar tv/hollywood phrase for solving something. You're at an impasse with a character point or a plot problem and it feels opaque to you, oppositional, you want to "crack" it.|
I notice the violence of many of these metaphors. And the othering of them - "it" gets cracked. And I will crack it.
When in fact, the situation is rather more Matrix-y, rather more spoon, rather more like safe-cracking. You change, in the right way, in relation to the story, and it suddenly shifts. It "cracks" in the sense that it seems to spontaneously re-align. One could even go so far as to say that it's like bomb-defusing, because the "cracking" in question means a cessation of ambient pressure. It was a problem, it was a problem, and then...it's not. But mainly what happens is you shift perspective. This thing you conceive of as being oppositional is a thing you're creating; all that happens, all that can happen, is what you experience. You crack. Or, you and it crack together, because you're already the same.
There are a lot of narratives where "it" gets cracked. Where the problem is forcibly solved. Consider The Italian Job (which uses a safecracker, even! or fails to use her; brings her in and then fucks it up), for example. All those paint-by-numbers pictures where I can hear in my head the writers' defenses. They're just doing what you do. Employing the elements one employs. And it's like, yeah, but, employing them, at a careful distance. The thing that gets cracked safely quarantined on the far side of the verb.