As I was writing today, my mind briefly thought of 10,000 B.C. (Excellent movie.) It had an "epic" feel. So I wondered: what gives some stories, some novels and some movies that "epic" feeling? What ingredients contribute?
I didn't come up with an answer, (cinematography and soundtrack didn't feel like the right answer, LOL) so I thought I'd ask you guys.
I often find myself holding back, fearing sounding pretentious.
And I was theorizing: you either have to go all the way, or not at all.
So many things can be made silly by not going all the way. Even if you are pretentious, or if you are writing silly stuff, if you keep pushing it deeper and more intense, going all the way into the moment, then you sweep the reader away from the surface, away from the possibility of pretension and silliness.
Because pretension lives on the surface.
So if you hold back and stay on the surface, then even if you try not to be pretentious, that's what you end up with.
I don't know. I'm just theorizing. I haven't tested that particular theory yet, not really.
DH could be home in a week, I pray. I didn't realize it, but I've already begun sleeping on "my side" of the bed. I miss him so much, it sometimes feels like he'll never be home.
Anyway, back to writing. I just wanted y'all's thoughts on "epic." What makes a story epic, and what keeps it from falling into silly or pretentious territory? It seems to me, it's a thin line. (Not that I'm trying to write an epic story, at the moment. Just wondered.)
One more question: off the top of my head, I can probably name ten or so movies that are "epic." But I can't think of that many novels. I'm sure I'm just forgetting them or missing them. What are some epic-feeling novels you've read?