Reimagining A Story

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A good story can last the test of time. There are many classics that we grow up reading that have become cultural standouts over the years. Classic stories will always be the classics for a reason, but sometimes a good reimagining of an old tale is just what a story needs. Times change, and sometimes a story just begs to be told in a new and interesting way. A few recent examples of this just this past year are The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Lost in Space. The changes in these stories are pretty drastic, but I’d argue that if these stories were told in the same way they once were they wouldn’t sit right with audiences.

Reimaginings happen all the time, and they aren’t as obvious as these two shows. Bridget Jones is a reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, and Avatar is a wild reimagining of Pocahontas. Another example is that they reimagine Spider-Man every couple of years! This year they reimagined him so many times there’s like… 6 versions of him!

If you’d like to reimagine a story yourself, here’s an article, written by John Kessel at Writer’s Digest, with some great tips on just how to do that: 6 Tips for Reimagining Classic Fiction in Your Writing

 

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Writing a Good Story You Can Call Your Own

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Today, while going through the news, I spotted an article written by one of our cool members here at theOffice, Nicole LaPorte. It’s about why Marvel has been so successful, and I think it’s worth a read. Here’s the article: Fast Company: The Marvel Studios Mind-Set For Making Hit After Hit.

“So we do say, We want to make a space movie. We want to do a high school movie. We want to do a heist movie. We want to do a thriller. That his how we think about all our different films. What kind of films do we want to make?” – Kevin Feige

This quote is about how Marvel approaches each of their films. These protagonists are all superheroes, but it would be pretty boring if they approached each film the same way. For instance, “Iron Man” is really the Marvel movie that started this universe. If every superhero movie tried to recreate it’s success by imitating it that would be boring and honestly it wouldn’t give us anything new to look forward to. It would also probably feel forced.

This links to exactly what I want to talk about. As a writer you have to be true to your story and to your characters. These are living things that you create, and that’s something you’ll understand as you write more and more. It’s a good idea to learn from others successes, but it’s not the best idea to copy them. Whether your story is an original or an adaptation you may want to let it become what it needs to be. Forcing it to be a certain way can be detrimental to it, and in all honesty it’s no fun. To write is to create. I believe it’s something to enjoy and have pride in. I also believe that’s the mindset you have to be in for success to come your way.

 

Cosplay: Where Characters Come to Life

I have a buddy from college who’s really passionate about the world of cosplay. If you don’t know, cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime. This is pretty inspiring if you think about it. People are so passionate about the stories and characters created in these worlds that they spend a lot of time and money on creating costumes to look like their favorite characters. He takes it to a whole other level and turns the portraits taken of them into pure art. Here’s a comparison below of what a character looks like in an illustration vs photo:

You could only be so lucky to create something that has a fan base so passionate that they’ll dress up as your characters. Cosplay creates communities of people that love a good story and a good character. Who’s your favorite character?

A few more pics below for you to check out:

In-Depth Article – Stan Lee

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If you don’t know Stan Lee, it’s about time you meet him. “He created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books.” That’s quite a list of characters! He didn’t create Marvel Comics, but it’s arguable he was the driving force that made them everything they are today. According to Stan, the company was largely an imitator until he came along and brought in his mojo. Although he currently holds a title there (mostly honorary), most of his work is done at his own company, “POW! Entertainment.”

This in-depth article was written by Stan Lee himself! It takes us for a deep look into how he became the superhuman he is today.

Quote of the Day – Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi has had a heavy influence on Horror, ever since his start with the “Evil Dead” series of films, which has now expanded as a TV series. He’s also well known for “Drag Me to Hell,” and the “Spider-Man” trilogy. Here’s some insights he has about writing heroes:

“When we read stories of heroes, we identify with them. We take the journey with them. We see how the obstacles almost overcome them. We see how they grow as human beings or gain qualities or show great qualities of strength and courage and with them, we grow in some small way.”

A good hero, one that people really care about has always been present in his films, which may be why his “Evil Dead” series has lasted so long. People love Bruce, and will follow him through hell and back.

Here’s a Wikipedia link with some more information about him: Sam Raimi Wikipedia Page