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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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THE OBLIGATORY SCENE

The obligatory scene: A scene that must be written, otherwise the audience will feel extremely dissatisfied.

William Archer suggests it may have been Francisque Sarcey (1827–1899), a French journalist and drama critic, who may have invented the phrase scène à faire, or obligatory scene. Another possibility is Augustin Eugene Scribe (1791–1861), French playwright, librettist, and founder of the Society of Authors, generally credited with perfecting and popularizing the “well-made play,” as well as perfecting and popularizing author’s royalties, an achievement that made him rich. And yes, his name really was Scribe.

Sarcey describes the obligatory scene in a play called Les Fourchambault by Emile Augier: “… it is precisely ...

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