September 18, 2009

Angst for the Memories

In German and Dutch, angst means fear or anxiety. In English, angst has come to mean emotional strife. It is most keenly associated with teenagers (teenage angst). But angst itself is a powerful motivator in fiction whether we are talking about teenagers, adults, fantasy or romance. For a writer, angst is the obstacle to be overcome in their hero or heroine’s journey. For the reader, angst generates empathy and sympathy. You want the characters you are rooting for to overcome their angst whether it is coming from an internal or external source. In the Buffy episode Lover’s Walk, all the […]