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07 September 2013 @ 05:18 pm
Picoreview: Riddick  

I would write a picoreview of Riddick, except Ursula has already pretty well nailed it.

Every time I watch a Riddick film I want to write a character like him (only female, because me). The whole baddest bad guy who is the lesser of two evils in a bad situation kind of character. I love that character (okay, *especially* when growled by Vin Diesel), and frankly I’d love to write whole Chronicles story my own way. (I’m actually hugely relieved they didn’t get to make another Riddick movie immediately after Chronicles, because there’s almost no chance they’d have done it right (ie, the way I think the story should have been told) and this way they didn’t even (have to) try.)

I do kind of wonder if it’s more difficult to pull off that kind of character in books than on film (and of course there’s the whole problem with a jerk or bad guy or a stone cold killer female being instantly an irredeemable bitch whereas a jerk or bad guy or a stone cold killer male is just a jerk or a bad guy). I know exactly the character I’d be writing, but the story scenario–I mean, Pitch Black and Riddick are Bad Man Against Ravening Monster Aliens, and Chronicles is (1. arguably the wrong story to have told, and 2.) Bad Man Against Evil Empire, the latter of which is probably easier to maintain for a book and the former of which is kinda necessary to establish the sheer outrageous badassness of the character. So it’s maybe a bit harder to set up in a book than film, I donno. Not impossible, just harder.

Because, you know, I have so little to do in my copious free time. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Chrysoulachrysoula on September 7th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
I think one of the things that makes Riddick interesting (I am not going to get to see the new film until digital download, I suspect, although... maybe....) is that too often in fiction (novels, at least) he's a supporting character. He's the nearly sociopathic badass the protagonist turns to for help. I know anytime that kind of character has shown up in fiction I have always wanted MORE MORE MORE. Like Kincaid in Dresden Files, off the top of my head. I know it's my personal goal as a writer to provide more of those characters, and give them more of a starring role, because I do always want MORE MORE MORE. But it _is_ hard to do it, especially from inside their head because yes, you don't want to discover they don't love puppies.

I do think a sidekick character can even make a female version of Riddick work, because the sidekick character could have the emotional human elements so many consumers demand from their female characters. I'm thinking of how stoic Xena seemed to be so often, for example. It's kind of how like in Disney's Aladdin the monkey represented all of Aladdin's hypothetical negative character traits and made mistakes for him.
kitmizkit on September 7th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
I never noticed that about the monkey. Huh.

Possibly it'd be a story that needs two POVs, so Riddick's actions and perhaps honor can be seen from the outside as well as the ruthless motherfucker inside his (her) head. It's certainly an interesting exercise in consideration!

I also always want more of those characters, too. Hence Janx and Daisani. :)