Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Disneyland: Writing on Star Tours
So we finally got a chance to go on the new Star Tours, and it was AWESOME!! They kept the classic cheesy robot atmosphere, but added new stories and updated the humor. Here's my lesson from the modernized Star Tours:
Taking classic stories and structures and giving them your own unique twist or personalized take is a good idea.
In fact, if your starting from blank, this is a good way to go. Star Wars itself is infamously based on the very formulaic 'Archetypal Journey'. Obviously we don't want our writing to be formulaic, but certain structures and archetypes are classic for a reason.
Take a fairytale or classic story and give it a personalized what if. What if the genie had been a different genie, and had fallen in love with Jasmine too? What if Captain Hook and the Beast were really the same person, but in different dimensions? What if Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters were really highly trained zombie killers? (Oh wait, that ones taken). See what I mean? Lots of options when you start from a time-tested structure, and you can be as imaginative and creative as you want with it, and end up with something totally original.
Now I'm curious: what twists on classic stories can you guys come up with?