Writing Bloody- J Horror
I am a complete J-Horror novice, but as a horror writer I’m always researching the craft of writing. Finding out how others write and reading their advice helps to make you a better writer. So when we began talking about J-Horror, the first thing I did was research what the heck that meant. Now? I want to know what the differences and similarities are in writing.
There are quite a few posts coming up this month by my friends who know a lot about J-Horror, so stay tuned for more fun! For now, here’s my simple take on J-Horror writing vs. Western novels…
Traditional Folklore and Culture
Many J-Horror novels and movies are based on folklore or stories told; typically they involve ghosts and beings that can be called to you by repeating a saying.
This sounds so simple, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems. J-Horror plots become twisted and complex, but for the most part the entire plot is based around a character doing something and what happens because of this. There isn’t always a moral end to the story or a crazy twist.
Four Act Plot Structure
Unlike the three act plot structure of Western novels (exposition, rising action, resolution), J-Horror sticks to one that has four acts (intro., development, twist, conclusion). This type of plot is called, Kishōtenketsu.
I’m in the same place, but will start with these resources. Thanks!