First, I've always enjoyed both franchises. The worlds are well crafted, easily immersed in, and the characters are believable and endearing. Even the villains. I have probably read an equal amount of novels written about both worlds, watched all the movies multiple times, and there are two Star Wars blankets living in my house. One of them is at least 30 years old. (long story, I'll save for another time.)
However, I was watching a particular movie the other day (see below) with my hubby and something hit me up side the head, so here we are.
Star Trek rocks my world.
Here's how I know and what I loved about this movie in particular:
2. I teared (is that spelled right?) up the first time the camera panned over the hull to reveal the NCC-1701. (Yeah, I know!) I think the Millennium Falcon is awesome, but it's never made me cry.
3. My heart swelled with pride when the Enterprise rose out of the gas surrounding Titan. Inside I was yelling, "Oh yeah, now you're in for it!"
6. When Scotty says, "I love this ship! It's so exciting!" I totally agreed. And then he gets to say his famous lines, "I'm giving it all she's got!"
There were so many more moments, but I don't want to bore you. Believe it or not, I have a reason for bringing all this up related to writing. There have been a lot of posts lately on how it has all been done before. How are we going to write something new and fresh so we can be published?
|My favorite Trek Captain|
Anyway, Star Trek has a dedicated fan base. We know that world inside out. We know how all the characters relate to each other, what they contributed to their "time" if you will and you don't mess with that. However, this new movie takes all the old characters we love, thows away a lot of history and gives them a new future. The characters have enough of their familiar quirks and traits that we immediately feel comfortable with them, but because of the disruption of the time line we can accept the changes that take place. The old fans are happy with all the inside nods to the lost history, and new fans are brought on board for a new relevant and exciting beginning.
Brilliant. That's what it is. The Star Trek franchise just set themselves up for a bright future indeed. That is what we have to do with our plots. Yes, dorky boy meets girl, falls in love with girl, but girl is in a relationship with the quarterback has been done a kazillion times. Does that mean you can't do it again and have a successful book? No. It will just take a lot of hard work and some really great twists.
Aliens come to destroy the planet. Done before? Oh yeah. So, how are you going to make it feel new? The reader needs to be kept on their toes and not feel like the same ending is coming. What if the aliens win? (Thinking the Host here.) What next? I don't have the answers for you. But, I believe that we CAN write the same themes that have been done over and over and make them ours. Remember, it's true that no one can write YOUR book.
(I made my costume myself. Not too bad, huh? Oh, and did I mention I owned the Star Trek Encyclopedia during my college years? As well as the Technical Guide to the Enterprise. Wow, how did I really not know I was a true Trekkie all along? I even know the difference between a Trekkie and a Trekker. Do you?)