This video from Nerdwriter explained something I’d felt but never been able to put into words: so many movies today don’t observe, imitate, and speak to life, but rather to other, older, usually better movies.
This is a temptation for a lot of writers, I’m sure; it certainly is for me.
Why? Because we know the movie, tv, and fiction tropes. We’re confident that. We’re not always confident in our own insights into people.
We don’t feel like we really understand people that well, and we don’t want to not write because of it.
We also don’t want to take the risk of writing what we see as real, and then having people tear it apart.
But I think that is the risk we must take. Otherwise, we’re just adding to the passable problem.