World Building: Bending and Breaking

Well, here we are, another Monday.  Another blank stare.  Another idea for a story.  …Or an old one that I really enjoy.

I’ve been wondering how deep to delve into the cockatrice’s perspective.  I mean, does he think the same way a human does?  Does he see the world the same?  Yet, as I ponder, I begin to understand that he can do anything I want him to.  Within reason.

For instance, I went to see Star Trek Beyond over the weekend–you should go.  I think it’s probably the best of the new three–and during the first act, Kirk and his crew explore a nebula.  Inside the nebula are space rocks, like an asteroid field.  Now, I always thought that nebulae were pockets of gas and other light and fluffy things (like cotton candy).  But, as I’m not an astrologer astrophysicist [I’m not the other one either] and cannot really comment on the scientific veracity of the movie, I can only imagine that the producers of the new Trek thought it would look cooler to have a giant asteroid belt inside a nebula.

That just goes to show that when making an action movie, science fact isn’t as important as science cool.  (…Um, okay?)

We don’t watch Star Wars to understand how a hyperdrive works.  We just want to travel across the galaxy with Han and Chewie in the Millennium Falcon.  Though we do get irritated that parsecs are a unit of distance rather than time.

It’s not quite the same with Star Trek, however, we would still rather hear “Weapons to maximum” than a discourse on anti-matter and the dilithium matrix…or at least that’s what the new movies believe.

Maybe that’ll change in the upcoming CBS series, Star Trek: Discovery.  As a show, it might have more opportunity for character development and science and adventure and exploration.  Not that Beyond failed to explore new areas of the Federation.  Ultimately, the new films are great action movies meshed with science fiction.  Highly entertaining and worth seeing.

And yet, a two hour movie doesn’t build the same way a television series can.  Or a book can.  All need the same amount of world-building and logical consistency, but when given a longer format, the pieces fall into place and you can see where things bend, break, falter, fall apart, or form a cohesive whole.

Take a look at your favorite book, a deeper look at the world it inhabits.  I bet there are pages of notes the author compiled that you’ll never see, but without them you might be scratching your head and wondering how someone can fly at the start of book three when they hadn’t even show levitation as a possibility in book two.



About bkreuch

I like to read, I like to write, and I like to make people laugh.
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