Make a difference
Going through my old stuff yet again, I actually found something very interesting that I printed a long time ago. It explained the differences between the western and eastern horror movies and how more and more people are tuning into the eastern type of horror movies.
Now this has a lot to do with writing.
You see, in the article it explained how western films have deep set values in them, like the fight of good against evil, and how basically everything follows one simple formula with not a lot of deviation.
Truth be told there isn’t much space to be original these days, most of the ideas or basics have already been worked to the extreme.
But as I read that article I understood that the main thing about why japanese horror is so appealing to us westerners is because they put things into a completely different perspective.
They don’t care about good and evil, they don’t care about exploring the unknown or discovering some weird artifact, they don’t care about defeating the big bad monster. Those silly conventions mean nothing. And that’s what makes it so fascinating: the fact that you can’t take anything for granted.
Blood, guts and shock value is everywhere these days, so much so that it doesn’t shock. We have become desensitized But not for easterners. It’s all about subtlety, it’s all about true terror, true fear. It’s about going home after watching the movie and be truly scared as you walk down the streets. The orientals truly get it. And they can also write some decent thrillers. I was pleasantly surprised with Baccano! an anime series based on a series of light novels.
The moment you escape the clichés, the more you flee from ordinary conventions, the more chances of making a difference you have.
Some people might not appreciate change, but the landscape is bound to evolve. As you work on different perspectives and work around the obscure, nonsensical rules that were set in stone decades ago, you will find ways to make boring stories relevant. Don’t explain everything, leave stuff to the reader’s imagination.
You take any mediocre story or film you’ve seen these past year, choose the worst you’ve read or seen, and I bet, if you forget about what you’ve been programmed to consider acceptable, you’ll make it at least ten times better.
Turn the tables my friends.
And have a great day!