The failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story adds considerable weight to my argument that consumers of popular media crave original stories about original characters with original plots expressed in tight arcs. Sticking someone else in Harrison Ford’s clothes, in Harrison Ford’s ship, and with Harrison Ford’s Wookie simply doesn’t cut it. Originality counts.
The same lack of originality is what condemned Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot to a mediocre box office haul. Ditto Marvel’s efforts to wow fans by breaking lore in order to put new faces in old costumes–it simply didn’t work because it was a cheap gimmick that lacked vision.
Again, originality counts.
The Discrete Life
by Victor T. Cypert
So if you’ve listened carefully to science fiction movie trailers over the past 30 or so years, there’s a sound effect that’s used–a grand, sweeping, heavy bass orchestral hit that I can only express in writing as “BWAAA.” It’s grossly overused in SF movie trailers.
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Few films have ever moved me to tears, but this is one of them. (CONTAINS SPOILERS)
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Last year I allowed my subscription to the Horror Writers’ Association slip into abeyance. Here’s why.
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I successfully defended my thesis novel last night. In a few days, I will be hooded a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction.