Star Wars: the Force Awakens – Review

My review, as a Science Fiction aficionado, of what could and should have been a better film.

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I went to see the Force Awakens yesterday. There’s some good in the tale but in important ways it’s a retrograde step. Like the Hobbit, this seems more an attempt to mimic what has gone before, and in so doing, invokes the curse of poor imitation. At least in the Hobbit, they had the excuse of a well known story to stick to (the real failing of that trilogy was mish-mash of director style). To go back to the Force Awakens, it was possible to do something different with all the available elements but this doesn’t happen. Instead its deliberate mimicry of what went before is hammered home, piece by piece. Reworking themes from earlier films is the essence of sequels: set up your premise and crank out product. Bucks per bang. This may be what Disney wants for Star Wars but it doesn’t work. The storytelling device is, at…

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Making sense of your writing

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Starting out

You can never be sure that your writing is up to the mark. Early on I experimented with plot structure — you know the sort of thing, parallel threads, multiple points of view, written on different levels… all in one project. After three years it had reached a logical end; I decided to bring it to a close.

The result: A Guide to First Contact, is a literary experiment. It deconstructs narratives from the future, present and past. These, although seemingly unrelated, drip feed the larger design that links them together. Gradually a grand mosaic is built up revealing the links between the protagonist and the various other entities populating this work. The machinations of human and alien take shape. Although there are clues, the protagonist remains an enigma.

Fact and fiction are blurred in this epic of a post apocalypse America. Triste is a mercenary. The ruins of New York are shunned…

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