Friday Flix: Breaking Up
I’ve gone on record on this blog as saying that I hate this trend of movies being broken into two parts like “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” and “The Hobbit.” To me it just reeks of exploitation to get stupid people to pay for two movies instead of one. Yet this summer when I watched “Captain America” I thought it really needed to be two parts.
The first part would have pretty much been the movie as it was. That is that Steve Rogers becomes Captain America and takes down the Red Skull. In the process he crashes a plane into some arctic ice. But what I thought was that they needed a second part where he gets unfrozen in the modern era. (Or it could have even been years ago, like the ’90s or something.) Then he would have to deal with all the issues like his girl being either really old or dead and how the culture has changed and whatnot. Sure this stuff will probably get some lip service in the Avengers movie, but probably not a lot with all the other stuff that has to be sandwiched into it.
And really it would make sense because the comics took place in two different eras, the ’40s and then the ’60s. They didn’t do everything in a couple of issues, right? Really since the story has two different eras, you’re covering a lot of ground, more than one movie could do justice to. Instead we cover one era pretty well in the movie and then the other gets a real half-baked treatment. That doesn’t seem fair for an iconic character, does it?
Well sure there probably will be a sequel eventually (I think it performed well enough for that) but it’ll be after the Avengers movie, which is a bit too little, too late to me.
In writing sometimes the question comes up whether a book should be one story or two. If you’re in that situation, you really have to examine what you have going on. Is there enough going on to support a second story? Or would it be easier to scale a little back and just make it one story? In the “Captain America” example I think there were enough issues to support a second story. Some would argue there are in Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hobbit. I have no idea about the first two. The latter I’m pretty sure the answer is no if you go by just the novel and not additional stuff added in later.
The closest I’ve had to this situation was when I was writing the fifth Scarlet Knight story. I had all these flashbacks to a love triangle between our two witches Agnes and Sylvia and Agnes’s husband Alejandro. Eventually I decided that there was enough of a story in these flashbacks to warrant a prequel. Which led to numerous bad or stalled attempts at such a prequel. Eventually I might get that right. The point remains though that sometimes when you’re working on a story you realize it leads to other stories.
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