Neil_Boekend wrote:Pfhorrest wrote:I wouldn't say the reverse, but more a corollary.
Foreshadowing is the technique of showing in advance some detail that's going to be significant.
Chekhov's adage about guns says essentially not to falsely foreshadow; don't show some detail early on that turns out not to be significant. Rather, it tells us that any detail shown in advance is going to turn out to be significant, with the implication that that's pattern of normal or good writing, and that doing otherwise would be bad writing or at least abnormal.
A Chekhov's Gun is the detail which is shown in advance, to become significant later.
Chekhov's guns are not as clear in movies as they are in books. If the writer takes time to describe a paperweight on the desk then it is probably a checkhov's gun. If paperweight stands on a desk in a movie then it can either be just to fill in the blank spot OR it can be a Chekhov's gun.
Actually, Checkhov's guns are most important in theatre plays: where if you want to use an object in the play, it has to be there somewhere: hiding it is possible depending on the object, but harder. The trope namer did in fact plays. In movies there are a lot of filler items, so it's harder to recognize Chekhov's guns, and in books all filler items are optionals, so if an object is going to be relevant you don't have to actually say it's there unless you want to.