Drumroll please. Queue the orchestral music. It’s time to discuss melodrama.
‘Almost’ is the snake oil that lazy writers use to spice up their stories. That ‘almost’ is a lie, smoke and mirrors to distract you from an otherwise boring story. What am I talking about? The ‘almost’ smell.
Writers should respect the personality of their characters.
Sometimes they don’t, especially if it’s a television show written by different writers, or a book series written over decades. In those cases, it feels as if you’re watching a sock puppet, with the hand of the writer clearly visible in their reactions.
This is a big no-no; writing should not smell of sock puppets.