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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)

Greetings Fellow Comstoks!fengi on September 7th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
I agree with the tight first person and what you wrote about Xena and Gabrielle. There's also the distant and limited third person Elmore Leonard used. Even when he described character's thoughts points it seemed like there was this detached journalist reporting on what they were probably thinking. Kind of tight first person, but an invisible person. That's also what Lee Child does.

Now I really want to read this book / see this movie / no, read this book more. The only current thing I can think of that comes close is Rucka's Lazurus, but she's a ronin, a comic and written by a dude, so not really.

Edited at 2013-09-07 09:58 pm (UTC)
kitmizkit on September 7th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
I'd really like to write this book. In my copious free time. :)

It'd be interesting to see if anybody noticed I was ripping off Riddick, too. :)