I recently saw the newest movie release of Godzilla with some friends, and I was disappointed because I had some issues with the story & plot.
The first reaction my friends had to my disappointment was that it was a Godzilla movie! As if a movie like Godzilla doesn’t have to worry about plot or story.
After further attempts at describing my disappointment, I realized that there was no way for me to express it without looking like I was going overboard in my analysis of the storyline of a movie like Godzilla. And I don’t actually think I am, personally. I don’t think I’m overly picky or critical.
But it makes me wonder if I would have been so analytical of a movie story before I got into writing.
I used to marvel at the eye-opening effects that occurred after I got into writing. Each story I read or movie I saw had more for me to see. Being a fan of vampire literature, I used to joke that getting into writing is like someone getting bit by a vampire and slowly witnessing the metamorphosis in yourself as your senses become more sensitive and aware, etc.
I can read a story or novel and suddenly stop to admire a sentence, even if I wasn’t looking for that to happen. Likewise, when watching a movie I can be distracted by a scene because of what it might make me think of in terms of how it might be represented in a book.
Back to Godzilla…I’m glad I saw the movie and there’s a chance I might actually see it again before it leaves the theaters. So it’s not like I didn’t like the movie. I think I would have had the same reaction if I hadn’t gotten into writing, but I can express my analysis a bit more (I can see my friends laughing at this).
How has getting into writing affected your reading or movie-watching experiences? Can you think of any movie or book where your reaction stood out such that you knew it was because you are a writer?