Freudian Script: Stalking, Erotomania and Othello Syndrome

Stalking, Erotomania and Othello Syndrome - When Love Goes Wrong. Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of stalking and sexual violence This week on Freudian Script, I am going to talk about two disorders beloved of crime fiction writers and close to every stalker's heart. We're going on a little tour of stalking because that's the most common manifestation of these disorders in fiction. I will talk through the definitions of stalking, erotomania and Othello Syndrome, infamous examples in fiction, and how you can write better love-sick stalkers. DISCLAIMER: This blog post is designed for writers of fiction. If you are concerned that you or someone you know has symptoms of mental health problems, please see your doctor. If you think you are being stalked, please contact the police. What is stalking? Stalking has no specific mental health or legal definition in the UK, but it's generally considered to be unwanted and/or obsessive attention towards an individual. It can take many forms, including physical...
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I Have Nothing: Why “The Bodyguard” Musical Needs More Plot and Fewer Songs

Yesterday, I took my parents out to see "The Bodyguard" musical. My mum loved it, my dad suffered it, my husband continues to grumble and I was entertained. Spoilers ahoy for "The Bodyguard" film and, to a lesser extent, the musical - if you haven't seen the film, why not?! Go! Watch! Done? Good. Now I'll begin. First off, I love "The Bodyguard". My mum bought it for me as my first 15-rated DVD for my 15th birthday. I've used it with script editors to discuss the plots of mysteries I've been writing, as it uses some classic diversionary tactics. The musical is, obviously, more musical than the film. There are many more songs. Because they are shoe-horned in to make a film into a musical, they are largely superfluous to the plot. I love the musical format, but I feel musicals that are not full libretto should have songs which enhance and serve the plot. Extraneous scenes are not useful in either musicals...
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