Aug. 31st, 2011

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I had a writing professor once tell me that sometimes characters will tell YOU what you're writing about, leading you to plot points and ideas you never thought of when you first imagined your story. I had that happen yesterday as I was working on my prompt for the ficathon. As I wrote, I knew something was wrong. Couldn't put my finger on it, but I pressed on for a while until I read it from the beginning.

It was like the version of the Doctor in my draft was wearing the wrong clothes, or just somehow not himself. I couldn't place it for the life of me until it occurred to me. It's a great story for the Doctor, but not for the 10th Doctor. It seems the 9th Doctor hijacked my brain yesterday and wants a story written about his adventures with Rose. Well, the prompt wants 10/Rose, so he's just going to have to wait, but it was so like him to just shove himself into my creative processes and settle down with a smug look on his face and say, with that lovely Northern accent, "You're writing about me. I'll just wait here until you figure it out."

So, back to the drawing board I go today. Pitfalls of a fertile, but not always well-behaved, imagination.
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I just saw the clip of the latest insult George Lucas has added to the symphony of garbage he has fashioned out of the original Star Wars movies, and I just feel sad. Why does he keep changing these movies? They have gone from being a cornerstone in my movie library to something I'm ashamed to even admit I like anymore. Ever since the "re-imagining" in the mid 90s, I have just been sad and a little nauseous.

Has the man completely lost touch with reality? Why can't he do something original, instead of tinkering with movies that were classics until they are nothing but gooey, glurgey, self-mocking tragedies of the modern age? ARGH! *kicks something*

I can understand cleaning up the visuals to make them DVD-friendly. Enhance the audio? Sure! But adding scenes, changing WHO SHOT FIRST?!?!?! Is he out of his MIND? Somebody needs to take these moves away from him and tell him to stop. I had the original Star Wars memorized - we had an 8-track that had the whole audio track of the movie, and my brother and I would listen to it over and over again. I LOVE the original movies, and every time he brings something new out, I'm just saddened and appalled. And it's not that I'm a conservative person - quite the contrary - but damn! If it's not broken, don't fix it.

It would be like colorizing Citizen Kane. Or a full-color, shot-by-shot remake of Psycho with modern actors for no good reason (oh...wait...), or, God forbid, changing the end of The Doctor's Daughter so the Doctor blew the guy's head off instead of walking away. Once it's done and out there, walk away and let it be what it's going to be. ESPECIALLY if it's a phenomenal success like Star Wars.

This post doesn't make much sense, but it's the virtual equivalent of  "what? What!? WHAT?!!?!??"

grr. If you want to see what's got me knickers in a twist, click here:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/51019

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