Yeah, I’m not sure about the title, either. But it’s better than the no-title post of last time, right? Uh, right? (why do I hear crickets?)
In any case, if you watch the Super Bowl, why do you watch it?
Is it because you’re a huge sports fan and will watch any old game? Is it because you love football? Is it because you think the quarterback is cute?
Not surprisingly, this last one is why I watch football, and how I choose my favorite teams. What is surprising is how well choosing a winning team by the color of their jerseys or the cuteness of their quarterback works when you’re betting in the football pool at work. I’ve won it more than once.
What can I say? I live in a gambling town. We bet on everything, mostly because we’re the ones you don’t see at the casino.
In any case, I have no interest in the two teams playing this year (though I’m sure my peeps back in New York and Boston are excited). I’m not a huge sports fan anyway, but I have big plans. I will, absolutely, be watching the Super Bowl.
But I’ll be watching strictly for the commercials.
The good commercials will be poignant, or hysterically funny, or silly. They won’t necessarily have big name stars in them. My favorite commercial from last year’s Super Bowl, with the kid dressed up like Darth Vader, struck a chord with me because this is what my four-year-old looked like on Christmas Day, and has worn nearly every day since:
Vader’s big in my house. A kid thinking he’s using The Force is…uh…not unusual. So, yes, I still chuckle to myself when I think about this commercial.
But I digress. I have a point, and it relates to writing. I swear.
The commercials are the secondary characters of the Super Bowl. (See, there it is!) Of course the main attraction is the game, but finely crafted, clever commercials are important, too. There should be no switching channels on game day, or fast-forwarding through commercials on the DVR. Nope, on game day, we all sit down and watch.
That’s what good secondary characters should do—keep the story moving and keep the reader engaged. Your main attraction should be hero and heroine, but a good story will provide a reader with secondary characters who are strong enough and developed well enough to keep a reader engrossed in the story. I mean, we’ve all read stories where we’ve skipped through the talkie-talkie with the BFF to the next scene with the hero/heroine.
Maybe we even groaned when the BFF shows up at the house.
I know I’ve done that, and recently.
A good secondary character will speak to the readers. They’ll be people the reader will want to know more about. Once the story is over, these may be the people that the readers are clamoring for.
“Write this guy next! I have to know what happens to him!”
You see, these are the characters people talk about after the story is over. Just like they talk about the commercials after the game.
After all, I might not even remember who played last year, but I still talk about the Darth Vader commercial.
So, for everyone, HAPPY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!