Ratched Explained: A Case Study For Writing Strong Characters

Ratched Explained: A Case Study For Writing Strong Characters

Analyzing evil Nurse Ratched... Who is Nurse Ratched? Here is my Netflix Ratched review, analyzing how the new take on her character by Netflix and Sarah Paulson shows such a departure from the traditional understanding of playwriting character development and how to write dramatic characters. What Netflix has done opens the door for plenty of good writing tips and writing advice I aim to give my fellow dramatic writers here, and should be looked at by playwrights and other dramatic writers everywhere as a case study in how NOT to write characters.

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0:00:00. Introduction
0:00:24. Ratched Netflix Reaction
0:01:14. Evil Nurse Ratched, and "unsympathetic" characters
0:01:53. Ratched's peach, and other unforgivable excuses
0:02:35. Villains are like any other character, but with a "tragic flaw"
0:03:58. Godwin's Law time (Hitler)
0:04:50. Elements of Dramatic Conflict
0:07:43. Character motivation that justifies their evil
0:08:56. Eugenics and holocaust justification
0:09:40. Avoiding the "Boring Villains Trap"
0:11:13. Why Ratched was doomed... not!
0:12:38. Three reliable methods for avoiding the trap
0:13:40. My expectations / What could have saved Ratched
0:14:35. Outro- Call to action for writers


Texts Discussed:
1. The Playwright's Guidebook, by Stuart Spencer
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
3. Six Degress of Separation, by John Guare

Film Footage From: *
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, directed by Milos Forman (1975)
2. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, directed by Jay Roach (1999)

* Given the central focus of this video on discussion/analysis of trends in the performing arts, and how these copyrighted film clips illustrate these trends, they are all being used within the confines of the "Fair Use Doctrine" as defined by the courts....

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