Frozen is an awesome movie. I loved it. My kids Loved it. My husband said it was better than the Lego Movie (which was an awesome movie too). I think there is a lot to learn about storytelling from it, and fortunately for us writers, here is a podcast from Scriptnotes interviewing the writer and co-director of frozen, Jennifer Lee. The interview is an hour and a half, but well worth the time. The insights into how the story developed were fascinating and very insightful. But they discuss the entire movie, so don’t listen to it until you’ve seen the movie, and you want to see the movie, trust me.
Below are several points made in the interview which I believe are important to think about when writing. These also contain spoilers for the movie, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, just walk away. This blog post will still be waiting here for you when you are ready.
I think this is an important take home message for all of us writers. Many stories have been criticized for their messages, intentional or unintentional. It can be very stifling in trying to make sure your story has positive messages that don’t glorify unhealthy relationships or choices. I think writers shouldn’t be looking at their stories from the outside, but try to come from a place of emotional sincerity. Let the characters be who they are and behave the way they would naturally behave, and not worry about what your hypothetical readers might think. Be honest, be thoughtful, be sincere, and don’t worry about the rest.