June is almost over and I have not gotten any writing done this month. Oh well, hopefully July will be better. How has your writing gone this month?
I watched Avatar last night. I guess I'm one of the few people left to see it. The CGI was wonderful. I knew the main reason folks liked it was for the special effects and not the plot. I really wished I could have seen it on the big screen. I so want those glow in the dark spots.
I'd heard the plot was predictable and old, nothing new. Maybe so, but it was still different. The difference was the clothes. Not the clothes that were worn, which were minimal, but the clothes the story was dressed up in. That which made Avatar, Avatar and not Dances With Wolves.
I noticed a couple of months ago, while working on a piece of flash for PodCastle, stories remain the same. It's how we dress them up that makes them science fiction, fantasy, or a western.
My flash, Cold Beauty, questions how far someone will go to stay young and beautiful, and to what ends for unrequited love. I dressed it up in fantasy clothes: enchantress, magic, mountains, snow, magic boxes.
I just as easily could have called it Spare Parts, dressed it up differently and, instead of a construct made of snow, wood, and blood, you have Beauty, a clone. The hunter becomes a technician in the med lab that creates the clones. He’s in love with the beautiful CEO of a megacorp. The only way he can satisfy that love is briefly with her clones - who all wind up dying in the end as he scavenges their parts. It is the same grim circle replayed over and over again.
The stories are the same only the clothes are different.
Are there unique plot lines and stories? Or, is it only a matter of clothes?