- Used by Alfred Hitchcock. (Wiktionary)
“A perfectionist MacGuffin is a word or concept that your perfectionism has found is particularly triggering for you, and so it starts using that word as a club to bash you with whenever you feel emboldened to write.”
“Commonly, though not always, the MacGuffin is the central focus of the film in the first act, and then declines in importance as the struggles and motivations of characters play out.”
“It may come back into play at the climax of the story, but sometimes the MacGuffin is actually forgotten by the end of the film.”
“In the Task Force X episode of Justice League, the MacGuffin is a sinister artifact that draws on negative emotions (aggression, fear, etc).”
“The MacGuffin is common in films, especially thrillers.”
“The defining aspect of a MacGuffin is that the major players in the story are (at least initially) willing to do and sacrifice almost anything to obtain it, regardless of what the MacGuffin actually is.”
“Nor are the experts immune; Blaze and Schneier designed a cipher called MacGuffin”
“HEALER: Tell me where the MacGuffin is or I’ll snap your spine!”
“If the MacGuffin is some sort of weapon or power-enhancement device, usually he’ll use it on a small target.”
“He has created what Hitchcock called a MacGuffin – something whose specific nature may well be unimportant, but which drives the action by causing the characters to behave in ways which reveal their true colours.”
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From a comment by bilby over on Pat the cat.
The height of fame, or infamy, is when your name becomes a byword for something. I'm not 100 percent sure about the technical name for this trope, but it seems to be antonomasia. Suggestions are mo...
Discombobulating the illiterate since the middle of the last century.
Words I should learn/I want to learn/I just learned, with a quotation to help the medicine go down.
A somewhat discriminatory list of words and phrases collected for their euphonic or arcane appeal, interesting etymology, or concise definition of an otherwise unnamed phenomenon or concept.
Words I like, and should try to use more often.
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