A while back, I wrote about writing and risk, and mentioned the phenomenon of double-tracking: constantly taking apart whatever story you’re reading/watching/otherwise experiencing.
So last night, in what seems to be my theme this week, I finally got around to seeing another pop culture phenomenon: Dark Knight. (Previously I’d finally gotten around to seeing Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.)
And yes, I was gripped by the film and the way Heath Ledger devoured the screen. But the most significant thing I came away with was: “Wow, it is so incredibly useful in terms of advancing a plot to have a character whose sole motivation is to be an agent of extremely destructive chaos.”