Fictate (fik’ tayt) – v. To inform a television or screen character of impending danger under the assumption they can hear you.
Many great movies come out during the holiday season, and no matter what genre they fall under, you might find yourself fictating through some of them. This will usually happen with adventure and horror movies, but it can happen with family films, and maybe even romantic comedies, if the characters are acting stupid enough. This will be most common with horror films, even though we expect characters to get caught up in dangerous situations with antagonists like demons, monsters, aliens, vampires, and insane psychotic serial killers, maybe even Death itself. It can happen with adventure films when the hero goes into a tomb filled with snakes or spiders or other creepy vermin that makes our skin crawl. No matter what the fictional situation, we tend to forget that these characters are not real, and if the movies is really good, we might find ourselves telling these scripted characters where not to go, or trying to warn them to Watch Out! It’s right behind you!
This weekend, some cable channels will be featuring movie marathons filled with the kinds of movies made for fictating, but don’t get too caught up in it, since many of these movies tend to be pretty bad, and maybe not worth the time. Enjoy your New Year’s Eve wisely, and if you must drink, watch one of these horror films to help sober you up before driving home. Happy New Year!