Thor and More – A Mid-Tour Mailbag” width=”560″/>
A couple of weeks ago, you posted a column about upcoming films and whether you were looking forward to them or not. Do you think it’s fair to grade films like that, when you haven’t seen them yet?
about the films are designed to make you hungry to see it. If a
movie studio is going to go out of its way to try to influence my
opinion about a picture before I see it, I feel perfectly fine in having an opinion in the first place. Like any opinion, it could be wrong in
the long run. But in the meantime, I’m okay having it.
When will superhero movies just die? I am so sick of them.
Marvel universes and starts trying to build blockbusters off of marginal or second-string heroes. It’s one thing to aim for a half-billion in box office with Batman; it’ll be another thing entirely to try to do it with, say, Nightwing. It’s not impossible, but
that’s not the same thing as saying it’ll be a sure bet.
Last week, you talked about things film can teach you about writing novels. What doesn’t film teach you about writing novels?
— the proverbial picture being worth a thousand words. Film’s also generally not good at getting into the heads of characters, and, while it
offers a form of omniscient narrator, the form takes shape via the placement and use of the camera, not (necessarily) via the skill of the writer. All of these things are useful for a novel writer to know and implement in his or her writing, and film’s not going to be a way to learn these things.
surprising; filmmakers and novelists overlap in terms of their skill sets and focus, but there’s lots in each case that is not applicable in the other. It’s why being a great author is no guarantee of writing a great (or even good or fair) screenplay and why so
many wonderful screenwriters fail badly when they put their hands to
long-form prose. They’re disciplines that require work and effort
to get done, and the more time you spend on one the less time you have
to spend on the other. Usually, you have to choose which you like more.
There are exceptions (The Princess Bride‘s William Goldman stands out as one), but they’re called “exceptions” for a reason.