As a follow-up to my post a few weeks ago, I thought I’dgive an example of what I mean about objectionable content in the media. I have to admit that I find it hard to go tothe movies these days without being bombarded by stuff I just don’t want to seeand hear, and I don’t think I’m alone.
One series of movies in recent years in which I wasdisappointment because of the content was Transformers. For a series based onchildren’s toys, it was sure full of sexually charged content. Then if youthink of many movies which are considered classics, you will see that they havevery little swearing, sexual content or graphic violence. My favorite example is Star Wars, in whichall of these things are present very little. (Unless you consider ‘scruffy-lookingnerf herder’ offensive)
It got me thinking: what if Star Wars had been made todayand Michael Bay, the director of Transformers had been at the helm? I’m certainthere would be some changes. Here aresome I came up with:
All the Imperials, especially Darth Vader, woulddevelop a potty mouth, each trying to top each other.
· The ewoks would talk in over-the-topstereotypical racial dialects. (which the director would deny)
· The phrase “Who’s your daddy?” would becomeDarth Vader’s new catch phrase.
· Princess Leia would wear her Jabba’s palaceoutfit all the time, even on Hoth.
· The fading death of a Jedi would be replaced bya bloody “mortal combat” style death.
· Han Solo would become the king of innuendo. Landowould become a close second.
And the movie would be ruined. Star Wars doesn’t shy away from toughissues. People are betrayed, fight, anddie horrible deaths, but it is also handled tactfully. The story, the characters,and the dialogue stand on their own without having to use gimmicks to get theaudience’s attention. I guess seeing R2-D2 turning into transformers would bepretty cool though.
What are your thoughts? How else might Star Wars bedifferent? What other great movie couldhave been ruined this way?
Writing Update: Despitemany hours spent in rehearsal and performance for the Berlioz Requiem, I wasstill able to get some significant writing done.
I’m up to 20,236 words in Simon Says, and just over 12,000words in the second Last Archangel Book. I decided to embark on a newnon-fiction title this week that has to deal with running a small church choir,especially those in LDS congregations. I’ve done this several times myself andI really wish someone would have given me a book to let me know what was goingon.
I’m also preparing to submit a parable to the Parables forToday contest which ends October 1st. You can win prize money and publication in aprinted anthology. View the websitehere: http://www.parablesfortoday.com.
Myparable has to do with a TV star who uses dishonest methods to try to get hisTV series renewed for another season, but then realizes that he has his prioritiesall out whack. Here’s hoping!
Transformers picture by Nicolas Genin