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Has everyone got the same idea?

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Candice: I went to the cinema the other week to see the new Brad Pitt movie, World War Z.  Now I’m not really a Brad fan, I’m more into George Clooney myself, and when Brad has long hair – forget it!  But my cinema buddy suggested a trip, so I thought I’d give it ago. However, Zombies in 3D was not part of my Friday night viewing plan!

Anyway, I’m not writing a review of the film, just the plot.  It seems there are common threads running around the psyche of writers at the moment, both novelists and screen writers: the idea of over population.  I can see why, we have been talking about global warming for years, we no longer have a real nuclear threat or cold war, so what do we make the bad guy these days?  Well, actually its us, the human race, as we are killing the world we live on by filling it with too many people.

Inferno, the Dan Brown book, was all about a mad man who thought that letting a virus into the world that would sterilise us all would help with this issue.  A few would be exempt and they would be able to continue the world’s population.

World War Z also has a virus but the suggestion is mother nature is generating it to get rid of the majority of us and start again.

It’s not just in 2013, if you go back to 2006 there was a rather good film called ‘Children of Men’ about women being infertile and the first pregnant woman being protected. And of course, WWZ is based on a 2006 book.

I watched episodes of two different TV programs last week – ‘Body of Proof‘ and ‘Bones‘ where in both cases, a virus had infected a member of the team and if the team didn’t identify it they would die.

I suppose we all get our ideas from what is going on in the news.  I when I say we, us lowly unpublished writers as well as those getting paid big bucks.  So these common ideas are bound to come out.  But is this why different ideas struggle to break through?  There are two White House disaster movies out this year, plus lots of sequels coming out.  If you go to the book shop or even Amazon, it’s all about ‘If you like this, you might also like.’  Recommendations are great, but we would never have had the Beatles if someone hadn’t picked up on their style and said I’ll go with that.

So people, please be a bit more receptive to other ideas and not just the run of the mill.  Else, we will be just churning out the same stuff over and over again!

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The ‘Moonlighting’ Curse

BonesCandice : Was googling something the other day and came across a post about one of my favourite TV programs – ‘Bones‘ – describing how the impact of creating a romance between the two main characters has changed the show.

When the two main artists in a TV show get together it can be described as the ‘Moonlighting Curse’.  For those of you too young to remember this program it was about two characters David (Bruce Willis with hair) and Maddie (Cybil Shepherd) who were forced together so they could run a detective agency.  They hated each other and the ins and outs of their relationship is what created the drama in the TV show, mainly because, of course, they didnt really hate each other.  There was a lot of friction between them, on and off screen but the whole “will they, won’t they” was the main crux of the program.  And then, it was decided they would get together, and the program fell apart.  It lost it is frison and energy as they got all snuggly together.

Anyone writing about a male and female lead who might have romantic possibilities has this problem… do you ever let them get together?

Phil and I have been wrangling with this for awhile, as we have mapped out a seven book arch for our protagonist, Kate, and her love interest, Dave.  But we’ve been trying to work out how you might get them together without losing the drama, because but by not getting them together in this many stories it becomes unrealistic.

Bones‘ has had the same issue, but created as the main female character, played by Emily Deschanel, fell pregnant.  They had to write this into the series, hence they had to find a way for her to get pregnant.  They’d created an almost relationship with her and her sleuthing partner, played by David Boreanaz, but how to you move it on without losing what they had.

Hart Hanson, the creator of Bones says he thinks it has helped not hindered, as they are already seven series in, by adding an extra layer to the program.  Though, I think the fact they are cancelling the show means they can make it work for a short period of time.

I find it interesting that TV writers call it the ‘Moonlighting curse’ as that’s how I have described it to Phil, without even looking it up.

Its a problem I think we can fix, a bit like the way we are rewriting the book at the moment.  It might just take a fresh approach.

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