This is why the new novels die so quickly, and why the old Fairy Tales endure forever. The old Fairy Tale makes the hero a normal human boy; it is his adventures that are startling; they startle him because he is normal. But in the modern psychological novel the hero is abnormal.C.K. Chesterton
I wrote this in 2014, and sadly, it does not appear much has changed.
2014 – Guess the Film:
The movie starts out with the story of a young child who is different from the rest of society. He is picked on in school and excluded from others; he is an outcast. During his time of struggle he finds within himself a power beyond anything earthly, something supernatural. The hero then spends the rest of the movie using his power for good to save the earth from an evil villain. Our hero finally conquers the enemy after about 45 minutes of explosions and twist; such as thinking the hero is dead only to come back triumphant, or thinking the villain is dead only to return more powerful than before.
Any guesses? You got it. I don’t even have to know which movie you selected. I know you guessed it correctly. That is because no matter what superhero name you give it, what characters are in it, it is the exact same movie over and over again. That is what Hollywood has become and to me it is boring, it is tired, it is uninventive, and it is dull.
That is what movies are to me now. I used to really enjoy the latest blockbuster, but now the only thing that gets me through is my fast forward button. There is no creativity in the stories – simply hours of chase scenes, fight scenes, explosions, and the inevitable, albeit merciful ending. Creativity now is simply deciding how long the fight scene will last, or how many explosions it will have. I simply don’t care anymore.
What else was out there last year for someone who had grown tired of this non-sense? We had the zombies, the vampires, the paranormal, the raunchy comedy, the political statement, the remake, or the cartoon. Does that about sum it up? Well, never fear, this year will be different – and by different I mean more of the same. The same subjects, the same plots, the same uninventiveness, the same movies over and over and over again. Where have the story-tellers gone?