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.
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.
I’m an old-school lefty, an American socialist long before socialism was cool, raised by a Marxist father to believe in the rights of the working class and the need for equality for all before the eyes of the law. But lately, the new left has begun to irritate me on a number of fronts. One particularly irritating aspect of new-leftism is the emergence of left homophobia.
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Do not be content to think talent innate. Struggle against what you can not do until it becomes what you can.
I just received notice that I won 2nd place in the Parsec Ink short story contest.
Continue reading “Second Place? I’ll take it!”