Star Wars is one of the mega-dynasties of filmmaking, and everyone has an opinion. Today you guys get to hear MINE.
Since this is a space to talk storytelling, I want to momentarily set aside things like aesthetics, sound design, and performance to instead focus on comparing The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back.
The stories are similar. In Empire: heroes Han, Leia, and Luke are being tracked and harassed by The Empire. In The Last Jedi : Our heroes Rey, Poe, and Finn are being tracked and harassed by The First Order. Both are the second installment in trilogies, both are set in the Star Wars Universe, and yet one is a beloved cinematic classic and the other I found really disappointing. Why? Continue reading “How to Fix “The Last Jedi””
Human’s are natural storytellers, and as such, we can sniff out a bullshit ending a mile away.
At a lecture this weekend, Benjamin Gorman (Not A Pipe Publishing) spoke about the covenant between authors and their readers. While he was speaking about the world-building part of the equation, the set up, I want to talk about the pay off. The ending is where readers find out if you make good on the promises of an interesting, moving, surprising story. If the pay off doesn’t pay out, then you have betrayed the covenant. You’ve lost the reader’s trust.
I have something terrible to confess. I read nearly no new books this past year. Continue reading “The End of Reading Block”
If you are a visual person like myself, please enjoy this cheat sheet I made based on the insightful book on story structure by Larry Brooks. Brooks Handout Continue reading “Story Engineering” by Larry Brooks
Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations. ~Vladimir Nabokov Continue reading
Here is a secret that I don’t think is said aloud enough: stories are better when you can discuss them with others. Continue reading “Is Fandom the New Literary Discourse?”
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. ~Anna Quindlen Continue reading
We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. ~Philip Pullman Continue reading
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