Warning: Spoilers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl!
Ahoy Mateys! Today's the day! Dead Man's Chest is officially in theaters, which means we get another helping of what we loved during the first go-round. In case you didn't catch that installment it offered swashbuckling galore, scary sea voyages, interplay between a miriade of characters, witty one liners and a love story for the girls. However I believe the original gained "big hit" status because it pushed the tried-and-true seafarer adventure story a tad WAY farther.
As the anxious worrier I am, I'm concerned about the extreme use of paranormal elements. During the trailer, I found myself asking how is this going to fly? Is Davey Jone's octopus beard and a shark headed first mate going too far? And those examples are plastered (not peppered lightly) throughout the tidbit we've been hooked with to rush out and see the movie. Like everyone else, it also made me wonder--What else does Dead Man's Chest hold in store? Because if you loved Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl's huge twist, where we found out that Jack Sparrow is an undead skeleton trying to save his hide, then you know there will be an uber twist among this plotline.
Taking the concept off the big screen and in between those fabulous black and white pages, how far do you think the envelope is pushable? Do you think walking too thin a line between conventional and outrageously out-there is grounds for a one-way walk into the toiling sea?
I try to have some real-life basis for the flights of fancy my imagination takes. Not because I can't think of the "weird stuff" myself, but because I feel it gives readers a jumping off point. But from all the reviews, blurbs and books I've read I see more writers' everyday pushing what's possible in our diverse marketplace. Traditional houses have propped open their doors, and e-publishers are proving that people will buy less mainstream works based on trips to whole new worlds within author's brains. In the spirit of Keira Knightly who asked for more swordfights because she's a kick-butt girl with `tude, I say, "Go for it! But tread lightly."