Monday, July 1, 2013
What Zombies Can Teach Us about Writing
I encountered zombies on the weekend and, my, they were a lively bunch. Their hive mentality made it possible for them to climb huge walls, overturn trucks, bring down helicopters, and become a public menace. Impressive. If you haven't guessed already, I saw World War Z, starring Brad Pitt.
As much as Brad Pitt is a tasty treat for the eyes, and the special effects were mighty fine and well integrated, I'd expected something different, something more, from this movie. Sure I loved the fast zombies doing their cool thing, but I'd pretty much seen the best bits in the trailer. The rest of the movie became Brad Pitt, not his character, surviving one unlikely situation after another. Rather disappointing for someone as picky as me.
So what did the zombies teach me about writing? There has to be at least some character development in a story. WWZ fell flat because there was no development in any character whatsoever. Brad Pitt was the same at the beginning of the movie as he was at the end. Sure the characters' situations had changed, but that's not enough to make a story with potential a great one.
Next week I'll be posting a review of Grammarly because, as some of you know, I picked up a risk-free trial. I want a little more time with it to give it a proper run-through. And on Wednesday, I'll be posting for the Insecure Writers' Support Group. Wow, it's that time already!
*Maybe zombies crave brains because they need more processing power for those deep thoughts we didn't realise they have.
What's your theory on the brain-craving phenomena? If you've seen World War Z, then what are your thoughts on the movie?