ALoL: The Almost-Loss-of-Life Moment

September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

So I’m adding another term in the “My Ratings” page. I dubbed it the Almost-Loss-of-Life moment, or the ALoL.

This is a plot device written by the author, in my eyes, to instigate drastic action from our hero or heroine. Think of this scene:

Heroine is shockingly involved in a life-or-death situation and ends up closer to death than life. She is teetering on the edge of existence and oblivion, and our Hero is agonized and in denial. He fights for her, terribly afraid to lose her, and in that particular moment realizes he is head over heels in love. When our Heroine wakes up, Hero declares his undying and unconditional love and Hero and Heroine waltz into their HEA into the sunset.

Sound familiar?

I’m not saying it’s completely cliche because I’ve read of some absolutely fantastic, well written and craftily placed and paced ALoL moments (read: Point of Retreat review). Most of the ALoL moments I’ve read, sadly, seem like the Hero or Heroine need to make cognitive leaps into their emotions and usually skip out most of the falling-in-love process.

Badly written ALoL moments are when our hero/heroine leapfrog from panting in lust to staring deeply into one another’s eyes and whispering “I love you, I adore you, I am yours”.

When these ALoL moments aren’t written well, it’s obvious and cringe-worthy.

Hence the ALoL… or “a LOL moment”.

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