Hello everyone. Taking a week off writing was so hard! But, I’m back and ready to hit the grindstone again. Today we’re discussing the power of One Liners.
In the movie Avengers, each character delivers at least one potent one line sentence. Some of my favorites are:
“Ant, boot.” -Nick Fury as he explains to Loki about the glass cage they locked him in.
“Let me know if real power wants a magazine or something.” – Nick Fury to Loki as Nick leaves the room.
“Puny god.” -Hulk to Loki after he threw him around like a rag doll.
“Listen well brother.” -Thor to Loki.
“I’m listening.” -Loki to Thor after Iron Man knocks Thor away from Loki.
“Do not touch me again.” -Thor to Iron Man after Iron Man knocked him away from Loki.
“Then don’t take my stuff.” Iron Man to Thor.
“You want me to put the hammer down?” -Thor to Captain America, just before Thor hits the shield and is knocked back.
“I was having 12% of a moment.” Pepper Potts to Tony Stark.
“There is only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”- Captain America to Black Widow on the plane.
“I’m sorry, what were you lying?” -Tony Stark to Nick Fury when they discovered the tassaract was being used to build weapons.
“Given what’s about to happen, I think we could use a little old fashion.” -Agent Phil to Captain America, when Captain talked about the stars and stripes being old fashioned.
“Hulk… smash.” -Captain America to Hulk during the final battle.
All of the above One Liners had a huge impact on each of those moments in the movie. You felt the tension, humor, ect each line meant to convey. They characterized each moment, and the individual who spoke them. I’m sure each had an impact on the movie sales.
Another shining example is Damon Salvatore of The Vampire Diaries. He’s like the king of One Liners. Each, usually a sarcastic jab at someone. Each jab impacts that particular moment, and deepens his characterization. Even the woman he loves is not immune from receiving his One Liners.
So, what could a potent One Liner do for book sales? The same thing. They are meant to add punch to a given moment, characterize your characters, and add a special ingredient to the over all plot.
What are some of your favorite One Liners? How do you think One Liners add to the overall effect?