And the final products! Some Gotham City Sirens relevant to my painting process, and also prints available in the future!
Q:Have you ever had to significantly rework a story (script or novel) because you learned late in the game that another writer or team appeared to be working along a similar premise? Do you find that happens more often than not today, given how quickly inspiration spreads over sites like Tumblr?
Not while in progress, no, but that’s because I believe that the originality of the story matters less than the telling of it. Every writer has their own voice, and thus every writer will tell the same story differently. What you’re describing seems to me more about similarity of plot than of story, for instance. I can think of stories going back to Greek myth that are essentially the same at their core — journey of discovery, revenge, redemption, etc — but how they’re told matters far more to me than whether or not someone’s told it before.
That said, I’ve abandoned pursuing some ideas because they’ve seemed identical to material that’s already out “in the wild.” Matt Fraction and I had discussed a story that, at first blush, sounded an awful lot like True Detective, and thus we didn’t pursue it. Having now seen True Detective, I know we’d have written something very, very different, but the concern was a valid one during the planning stage, by way of example.
When LAZARUS started, Michael and I kept hearing that it was a lot like Game of Thrones. That may well be true. I don’t know, I’ve never seen the show nor read the novels. But worrying that “this is yet another dystopian society where families are struggling for political dominance” makes it too similar to an extant work seems to me a zero-sum game. You write the story you want to tell, and sometimes there’s going to be crossover, certainly, but in the end, I maintain, it comes down to how YOU tell YOUR story that matters most. The beauty of writing is that we are each unique in our voice and our vision, and if we’re lucky, we can convey that through our words (and images and music and etc, etc, etc).
There’s a Hemingway quote (or is it Fitzgerald? I can never remember…) that says, roughly, every story is either Jack and the Beanstalk or Cinderella, that it’s only the details that change. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it makes the point, I think.
Just my opinion. YMMV, as they say.
Film Crit Hulk responds to Vulture’s trainwreck of an article, ‘Why Captain America Is Only Interesting If He’s a Prick’.
ok, idk how easy this is to read but since everyone is discussing dates, i went to the movie to check. this is steve’s rejection from the beginning, his birthday is in the upper right corner and there’s ANOTHEr date in the lower left which I think is supposed to be a today’s date kind of thing and it looks to be June 14 1943
so there we go, steve enlists in mid 1943
How interesting that you would mention this, because I’ve recently been thinking he didn’t enlist. His serial number, which he’s heard muttering when Steve comes to rescue him, starts “32557.”
According to this fabulous WWII serial number generator, an enlisted man from New York should have a serial number starting with the numbers “12.”
A New York man with a serial number starting with “32”? Drafted. What we may be dealing with here is a Bucky who didn’t choose to go to war but was instead compelled to do so versus a Steve who is desperate to get in. I think it opens up a lot of different and interesting storylines for the two of them.
There’s been some great meta/discussion about this in the last couple days, which I think is great.
Makes you wonder if Bucky got the draft, and then, knowing how Steve felt about things, told his best buddy he was “enlisting.” Because how do you face this skinny, brave idiot who just won’t stop trying to volunteer that you wouldn’t be going if you didn’t have to?