megalomania and insecurity so deep it takes years of therapy just to be able to say “I’m a writer” out loud.
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story work.
Note: for all my writers out there!
Look at Point Break starring Patrick Swayze, then look at Fast and Furious. Yes, it’s the same movie almost beat for beat. But one is about surfing, the other is about hot cars. Is that stealing? Is that cheating? Now look at The Matrix and compare and contrast it with the Disney/Pixar hit Monsters, Inc. Yup. Same movie. And there’s a million more examples: Who Saved Roger Rabbit? is Chinatown. Blank Check is very similar to Home Alone.
Note: Hollywoods Dirty Little Secret
“Give me the same thing… only different” then is what storytelling has always been about. But it’s the way we put new twists on old tales, bring them up to date, and give them a spin that’s meaningful for our contemporaries. It’s a skill we must master and apply to all aspects of the craft.
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