How many times have you heard in a movie or TV the phrase, “It’s complicated,” or read it in a book? If you are like me than too many to count. To be honest it has gotten old and it has been old for a while now.
How about you write out the scene? It does not have to be a full-blown back story but just a bit to explain it. I often scream at the TV when I hear the phrase. Take some time do a little work and explain why it is in your view complicated.
Your job as a writer for a show or a movie is to well write. Taking the cheap way out, and sadly it works for the most part, is just frustrating. But another sad part is it has been used so often that people hear it, accept it and move on not putting the writers against the wall and holding them accountable for it.
How about saying what it it? We are too lazy to get into it right now. We don’t want to bother. We know you will accept the word even if we never ever explain it. Who knows why it happens as often as it does.
Our readers and viewers deserve better, don’t they? If you paid good money for a book or a movie, and let’s face those are getting pricier as the years go by, you should get your bang for the money Heck, we deserve better ourselves if we are the writers producing such books and movies.
I don’t see this changing anytime soon, if ever, but I had to let this out. Why? I guess it’s not so complicated for me.