Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Show, Not Tell

Yesterday, the Anna Karenina movie people released eight new posters for the film and I immediately clicked over to check them out. And I was so, so bummed.

At first, I couldn't figure out why--the sumptuous costuming and overall aesthetic are right up my romantic alley and JUDE LAW. The posters are ostensibly "exploring love" in all its types but...something about it felt cheesy to me.

Then it hit me. On each poster, you've got a caption over top that's all "ADJECTIVE Love." The problem is that the images themselves say so much more than any single adjective ever could. If they'd just put LOVE on each one, it would have been so much more sophisticated.

Is there a lesson here for writers?

And here are a series of UNCAPTIONED pictures of the cast that I think say a lot more than these tell-y posters.


  1. I agree with you, except I'm not sure why the word Love is on there either, and in such large letters. Ugh!

    1. I sort of don't mind it! It's sort of like DRAMA!!


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