Sometimes attraction occurs in a flash. Such as when someone says, “You had me at hello,” and something similar is what happens when the two main characters, Lena Martin and Jonathan Russe meet. The two bond over their mutual love for Italian director and master of horror, Dario Argento. What sparks a conversation between the two is when Lena notices that Jon has the word “SUSPIRIA” written down the side ofhis binder. Suspiria is a horror movie that was first released in 1977, which narrates the story of a young American ballerina that transfers from New York to Germany so that she can attend a prestigious ballet school. Little does she know that it’s a coven for witches.
When Lena and Jonathan share which Dario Argento movie is their favourite, Lena says, Deep Red, while Jonathan mentions Tenebrae, particularly because of a certain scene that stars Italy’s former First Lady, Veronica Lario (at the time a budding actress) and a killing spree that is reminiscent of a Dahli wet dream:
Like in real life, characters need a common ground that initially attracts one to the other (it can’t always be just about the looks that draws them to someone). So I think it’s important to create some sort of chemistry between the characters by giving them something in common, even if the one thing that gets that talking is something as banal as their love of horror movies. I think it creates for richer characters, and differentiates between a beginner writer to an experienced one.
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