Sunday, June 18, 2006

George Lucas Always Wears Plaid

As I was busy doing dishes yesterday, my hubby came into the kitchen and without preface states, "You know, I think the Jedi were a bunch of arrogant bastards."
Without missing a beat I turned to him and said, "Well, except for the Alec Guiness Obi-Wan and Yoda. You can't blame Yoda for not acting fast enough to save the Jedis. I mean, it's the difference between pre-destiny and freewill. He had to let the dark side take over and not interfere. History had to come as it will. You can't fight fate."
He gave me a contemplative look and shrugged. "Yeah, I guess you're right. If he would have acted, things could have been worse."
"And," I said putting a soapy finger in the air for emphasis, "Luke and Leia may have never been born to help with the rebels, and the final shot that blew up the Death Star may have never been made, thus the Empire would have prevailed."
As the conversation progressed from there, I began to realize that this is a typical conversation in my household. Anyone listening in would probably think we'd totally gone off the deep end discussing characters and situations as if they had as much impact in ours lives as peace in the Middle East. But for a couple of writers, dissecting and critiquing stories over and over, and putting it in a different perspective is a very healthy and helpful way to spend an evening. Arguing back and forth over Empirial politics and the continuity problems of episodes 1-3 helps both of us figure out plot problems in our own stories. It's nothing for us to watch a television show and put the tv on pause.. (Ahhhh the wonders of Dish Network) .. to discuss scene structue, plotting, or character motivation. Being a more observant watcher has made me a more competant writer. So, by all means if you feel the need to shout at your television or rewrite a scene from you favorite movie the way you want...go right ahead. It's a great way to explore what could be potential problems in your own books.
Oh, and I'm beginning to think my husband may just be a Empire sympathizer. I'll have to watch closely.

-Kat

4 comments:

SpecRom Joyce said...

So true!

Several germs of stories have come because I've read a book or watched a movie and thought, but what if it happened like this instead.

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Same here, Joyce! And Kat, it sounds like my household, although my DH IS a Jedi. He's also a little bit Ferengi and regularly quotes me the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. We have heated debates about the Prime Directive all the time.

MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott said...

We have the Rules of Acquisition somewhere, and quote them as well. We also have two Klingon language tapes. Hehehehhee.

-Kat

Xandra Gregory said...

LOL...if he's read Timothy Zahn's Outbound Flight, your hubby's got a point.

Mr. Xandra's pretty lightsided, but I'm firmly in the Gray zone. And my kids, of course, are teh_Sith. :D Which is the primary reason I assume my alter ego mantle of Darth Mommy.

And it's hard not to stop the show and pick it apart after you get into the habit of doing so. I like latching on to a character and pondering what would happen to that character in different situations.