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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 8th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
Now I have to go read some of the Parker novels, which I don't think I know...
A large duckburger_eater on September 8th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
As soon as I wrote that comment, I went to get ready for bed. As I was brushing my teeth, I thought: "That wouldn't work at all."

Parker (if you're going to try him out, I'd rec THE OUTFIT. They're short novels and read very quickly, even for me) has very few emotions of any kind. He's a marvel of ruthless momentum and the books build powerfully while remaining very spare.

For something like THE MAN FROM NOWHERE, (a movie I recommend, if you can handle dark crime thrillers) the main character has an Unbearable Tragedy In His Past, and part of the thrill is that the viewer is not really sure what's going on behind that blank expression.

So, hmf. Hopefully by the time I'm ready to tackle a fresh project I'll be mindwormed with something more approachable.