Fury the Movie“They had me with the haircuts.” You’re due an explanation—I meant to say, once I saw the haircuts of actors playing WWII soldiers in 2014’s “Fury” I bought into the story. Charismatic Brad Pitt, gifted with star wattage, was a major force in getting this movie of an American tank crew to the screen. Set during the final weeks of the war in Germany, this gritty realistic film is filled with realistic details, including those crude haircuts Pitt and his tank crew wear. Someone was paying attention to detail. Too often, movie stars play the part without looking the part. Their dialogue may be correct and the setting may be realistic, but the actors are still recognizable. 1940’s haircuts hurriedly done in the field in primitive conditions were practical, not chic salon jobs. Wardrobe people, set designers and hair stylists are no less important than scriptwriters when it comes to creating the film’s world for theatergoers. So it is with writers. Get the details right. Set the scene flawlessly with your words. Don’t let your readers down with inaccurate research or out of place details. The reader who notices mistake will be less forgiving than those who read blissfully on, unaware of the faults. Don’t you want to win them both with your attention to detail? If Brad Pitt can subject himself to an authentic butchered coiffure to set the mood, authors can certainly pay equal attention to words, facts, and details to woo readers to their created worlds.

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