Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A Quick Note About Spoilers
This is a little outside out regular fare here at Apparently! but everyone is getting so worked up over this subject that I thought I would say something.
(BTW, if you have not read Stephenie Meyer's New Moon, there are spoilers in here for that.)
Okay, so due to a grocery store in Texas allegedly releasing Stephenie Meyer's final book four days early, there are scads of spoilers dancing their way around the internet. First off, let me be very clear, I have not read Breaking Dawn. So I am certainly not going to say anything about the validity of anything that is being said. However, for the hoards of people who are weeping, wailing, and generally gnashing teeth, I do want to say this.
Do not believe everything you see on the internet.
On the other side--and perhaps the more important side--do not believe the WAY that everything is said on the internet.
As a writer, we know that ideas are a dime a dozen. In fact, in the screen writing world, according to my friend Saundra, things are way cutthroat and people will take your idea and hand it off to the newest up and coming screenwriter. Why? Because execution is everything.
Let me give you an example from New Moon. Imagine that you adore Twilight (you may not have to imagine very hard!;)) and a week before New Moon comes out, you stumble upon this on the internet from a Very Reliable Source (TM).
In New Moon . . .
*Edward breaks up with Bella and the Cullens move out of Forks!
*Bella gets together with a new guy who hates Edward!
*Bella starts hearing voices in her head and jumps off a cliff!
*Edward goes to Italy to kill himself!
All of the sudden you're thinking, "Oh no! The couple I loved breaks up and the vampires leave and Bella dies!!!! I hate this series!!!"
Well, all those things DO happen in New Moon, but taken out of context they look really melodramatic and silly, don't they?
But New Moon was awesome!
Why? It's the context and the execution. It doesn't matter how crazy and ridiculous an idea may seem, a good storyteller can pull it off.
And Stephenie Meyer is nothing if not a darn good storyteller.
Enjoy Breaking Dawn in two days!!!