Superior Position

Posted by Beetle B. on Sun 24 January 2016

Superior position is when the audience knows something the characters do not. It is a useful tool for suspense, but can serve other purposes as well.

If two characters are talking at a cafe, and it suddenly explodes, that is surprise.

If the audience knows that there is a bomb under the table, then the innocent conversation the two are having has a very different feel to it. The audience is deeply in suspense.