The Bookish Fox

A Writing Lesson from Legally Blonde

Warning: There are spoilers ahead so click out if you haven’t seen the film or musical.

My friend and I went to Legally Blonde (the musical) this weekend. I was expecting to see a show that was ridiculous and over-the-top.

And that’s what I got.

And I loved every moment of it.

And you know what?

So did the audience.

People were laughing throughout the musical. Some sang along to the songs. A few even cheered during a few parts.

I know everyone left empowered.

Why?

Well, the story is incredibly well-structured. There is a clear character arc. Elle thinks she is going to Harvard Law to get the guy, but she finds herself instead. She dumps the guy for an amazing law career. Every scene contributes to this arc, so the plot is really tight.

But it is also just really fun.

Because it is really fun, it is a story that I remember. It is a musical that I want to recommend to all my friends (including you). I also am more receptive to its messages of empowerment and girl power because it comes in a pink package.

I think it is so easy to dismiss comedies or “happy” pieces as not good writing or not worthy of notice. Just look at the Oscars and other awards to see that tragedy is often equated with good writing. This isn’t always the case.

Things can be well-written because they are fun. Not only that, the comedy or joy can help people better integrate your message because it is more accessible and pleasant.

Also, there is nothing wrong with giving people joy. In fact, I would say it is one of the most important things you can do.

So for all you genre writers or those who are writing a book with a “happily ever after,” keep writing. Your books matter too. Even if they don’t get fancy awards or are featured in The New Yorker. Keep going! The world needs some hope.

Need an editor that appreciates a fun book? Mosey on over here to have a blast with your book.

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