Monday, August 30, 2010
The entire season is resting on Rowengartner's shoulders!
An extra 50 bonus points to whoever can name that movie!
My husband and I have recently gotten into this kick where we've been Netflixing (if you can verb that word) a lot of the old sports movies we watched as little kids. The Mighty Ducks, Little Big League, The Big Green, Angels in the Outfield... I think we grew up right in the thick of when all of those movies were released.
Aside from the duplicate actors in a lot of them, have you ever noticed the similarities? Most of them include most, if not all, of the following:
* Single, attractive parent with single, attractive child
* A team of losers
* No hope in sight for a winning season
* A strange, strange, strange man who is usually the assistant coach
* Coach or other single, attractive man or woman who is of course attracted to the parental unit of the child
* Singularly gifted kid
Take a couple of those elements, change out the sport, add or subtract Emilio Estevez and bang! A brand-new, all original movie!
Or not. Basically, we've got a dozen or so movies with the same exact plot line. My question to you - is this any different in writing?
One of the speakers I heard at a writing conference one time suggested that it wasn't. According to him, there are no original plots anymore. There are original stories, but every plot can be traced back to one very similar to it.
His point? Our job as writers is to write amazing stories, not amazing plots.
So here's my question for you! Do you agree with that? Do you think there aren't original plots anymore? And if so, how do you take those unoriginal plots and create original stories?