Truth is Greater Than Fiction
Before I begin, let me assure you, the point of this blog is not to off-handedly criticize the entertainment industry but to make what I think you’ll agree is a valid point.
My wife Susan and I love going to the movies and reading books about real life people and events. Many times when seeing a film, I like to play a game with Susan. After only a few scenes, I predict how the whole story will play out. The outcome seems obvious to me, and my wife seems impressed (annoyed?) that my rate of accuracy is pretty high, even if it is sort of a spoiler.
But, filmmakers seem to have a limited supply of unique stories in their repertoire, so the same events—formulas—are refried, over and over. It’s not rocket science to guess which way a film is headed these days, but I’m ecstatic when it’s a surprise!
Even worse, are stage plays—where theater groups tend to rehash the same productions (i.e. Les Miserables, Man of LaMancha, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, Sound of Music, etc.), when I would prefer to see something NEW! How many times do I need to hear, “the Hills are alive…”? Don’t get me wrong, I like some of these stories; but I can get really bored at these plays and movie remakes, knowing EXACTLY what will happen next. It’s okay, if you like that—my wife can watch the same movie or play multiple times, while I’m able to take a power nap.
As you know, in REAL life, real things happen, and that makes them TRUE. I LIKE that! If movies and plays are mostly “predictable,” in real life you can’t be sure what will happen in the very next minute, as it often takes a sudden turn without warning—one NO ONE could have predicted.