Showing posts from December, 2018

The Importance Of Themes: Why Stories With Meaning Matter And How To Make Yours Meaningful

In my very first post I ever wrote when starting this blog, I mentioned a lot on the matter of what makes a story really succeed. 
Though looking back, I only wrote on the basis of three words and then adding in unnecessary poetic dialogue for the sake of it. I'll admit, my inexperience from starting only just last year still leaves me uncomfortable. Anyways......I think we can all agree that, in one way or another, every story we make will have some sort of theme, message or lesson inside. Whether it be a subtle one or not. But even if a writer didn't intend to, it's going to appear anyway. But that leaves the question in place: do stories with meaning matter?
And if so, how should they be told successfully?

Of course, the obvious question would be, obviously that's how it's done, and then I'd finish the post there. 
But I think it goes a lot deeper, and perhaps, a lot more important than that. 
And yes, I'm one of those kinds of writers who thinks complexity i…

Film Review: Aquaman (2018)

I feel a bit stupid over this....why?....because my last actual film review (which was on Black Panther, by the way) was earlier this year, and while I have seen a few others since, the idea of actually making a post on what I thought of them completely left my head. 
Not exactly the right way to be consist, at all. Part of this was 'cause I wasn't really that bothered and also too busy to discuss on them, but also due to these movies being mostly terrible and kind of forgettable. For those interested, here's a quick look at what I did see, and what I thought of them:

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure - Pretty good ending to a meh trilogy.
(Note: This was before I saw Black Panther)

Avengers: Infinity War - Awesome!

The Incredibles 2 - Decent.

Johnny English Strikes Again - Bleh, nothing like the previous two.

Ralph Breaks The Internet - Alright.

And there you go. Now let's head to my review from what I saw last week....of another superhero movie: that's actually a lot of fu…

How To Know When A Story Idea Isn't Working

Creating posts of writing advice and tips hasn't been as easy for me lately.
Not when you've got so much else going to occupy yourself with that trying to think of what to say on specific questions is harder because you're already tired from everything else. That said, one thing that has become more on my mind as of late is this: what happens when a certain idea doesn't fully work out. Of course, you've probably heard this many times, and that's okay. Rather, what I'm going to look at here is the symptoms, if you will, of when this occurs and how you could guess it during your writing process.

Symptom 1: Your Mind Wanders Off

Well, kind of. But in most ways, yes it does. Usually, in this case, you might not have that same adrenaline feel when writing your other stories. And instead, you're more interesting in having more of that chocolate in your cupboard or finish that episode of that favorite tv show or movie on Netflix. Of course, if you think it's …

A Look At The Underrated: The Mask Of Zorro (1998)

There are many classic action and adventure movies out there. Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Robin Hood (to some extent). But some examples, which few remember, have effected the ones we know now.
One of them is Zorro, a masked vigilante who fought for freedom, written by an American pulp writer named Johnston McCulley in the early 1900's. Since then, he has appeared in many stories, and even said to inspired the creation of superheroes like Batman. 
However, not many adaptations of the hero have been made, though one of them is particularly underrated.

The Mask of Zorro, like Ever After, was also released in 1998, and is an action adventure film based on what I mentioned above. 
A half-origin, and almost a sequel but not really, the story is mainly about Alejandro Antonio Banderas) a man who after losing his brother by the hands of an evil captain, encounters Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins), the first Zorro. However, Diego has long been in hiding after Rafael Montero (St…