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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)

kitmizkit on September 7th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
People like the sound of their own names. It's his fucked-up way of soothing them before he causes them to be dead in some exciting and previously un-considered way.

Hm. I think ... well. Hm. *thinks, interestedly* The problem with Jack being the POV character is that, well, it kinda makes it Jack's story. Not that Jack isn't a good character (and indeed would be well worth developing, because it'd be nice to see her develop into a Furian, instead of going from "small child" to "almost-ruthless killer" with no middle ground), but I think my goal would really be pulling Riddick off as the POV character.

I kind of tried that with THE QUEEN'S BASTARD (the main character there is the protagonist, not the hero), with, I think, a certain amount of success...but I never imagined people would *like* Belinda. I wanted them to be fascinated and/or compelled by her, but she's not likeable. So I donno if I could pull it off with a ruthless killer POV character I wanted people to like, too. Hm. :)
UrsulaVursulav on September 7th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
The theory (more or less born out by backstory) is that Riddick is weakly precog and that's how he's so damned good (plus all the kill-you-with-my-teacup moments.) That's the part I think would be really neat to write in a character POV, but it'd be hard to sustain long-term.

Maybe I should go write fan-fic or something, *grin*
kitmizkit on September 7th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah? I hadn't come across that theory. Do I need to go collect all the Riddick movies/animated films/etc and examine them for this backstory?

I always wanted to do a comic character who had precog bursts of things that happened 24 hours in advance, but nothing sooner, so avoiding (or getting to) them is not easy...
ruford42 on September 9th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Wait...We weren't supposed to like Belinda?!? Yes, she does plenty of reprehensible things, but I could sympathize, partly because of the severity of her childhood, and also because I was viewing her through the lens of a spy or intelligence officer -- Someone who does horrible things, not because they necessarily enjoy being a horrible person, but because they believe it serves a greater..well if not a greater good, at least a greater purpose.

That and when we learn more about Drake and his cohorts, I kept expecting to see a heel turn develop and have her and J become the anti-heroes. Alas...not that the rest of that story could be a *cough*Kickstarter*cough* or anything :)
kit: inheritorscyclemizkit on September 9th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
*laughs* that's really not where the rest of the story was going, but I like the idea. :)

Believe me, I have thought often of doing a Kickstarter to finish the series...

And if you liked and sympathized with Belinda, I'm delighted. That's how I viewed her as well--loyalty, I always thought, was her one redeemable trait--and I *love* her as a character, but I figured she'd be very, very difficult for people to empathize with.