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Originally posted by miketwosix
Hi Misswanderer. I've watched this site for years and your post finally made me join. I have very similar feelings to yours about the ideal scifi book or movie. I have read so many scifi books that it has become hard for me to find a good new one. I finally figured if no one else would write the book I would most like to read then I would. I discovered two things.
#1 I have a truly awesome idea! (no one that I know of has done this yet)#2 I'm not very good at writing. Is there any way we could communicate? I would be willing to send you what I've written so far.
Originally posted by kidflash2008
reply to post by misswanderer31
This is interesting because I just watched "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" uncut and in letterbox on TCM. That movie was and still is a masterpiece. It is highly emotional, especially the first contact scenes with the aliens. Mr Spielberg treats the subject with intelligence and does not make fun of it. The characters are ordinary people who have extraordinary experiences, and he brings it to the screen masterfully. The effects are still top notch, and the score by John Williams brings in the emotion.
CE3K is by far the best film about aliens and UFOs ever to come out of Hollywood.
The best TV movie is "The UFO Incident" about the Betty and Barney Hill case. I would love to watch that one again, as it has been a long time since I saw that one. It is considered widely to be the best TV movie of all time. I think the raw performances by Estelle Parsons and James Earl Jones is what makes the movie. Any other actors would have ruined it.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
1) I am sick of stories where ALL the aliens are baddies. Where are the good ones?
Me too. Im also sick of aliens always being more ugly (in our eyes) and inferior to humans. Its not a realistic scenario and yet we have to see it again and again in sci-fi.
"My point exactly!!! Great minds think alike!"
2) Why do they always have to stay on earth? I want to go off world too.
More off-world and even off-dimension plots would be good.
"Yeah, mix it up alittle. I hate staying on earth all the time. Where's the fun in that?"
3) I like to add a little conspiracy to my stories, mix fiction with some facts/possible truth.
Relating to reality makes for good science-fiction because it can only be appreciated in contrast to reality.
"Yeah... so people can relate to it.. absolutely."
4) I like a little romance, but not that it takes over the story and gets too sappy.
Sure. How about a bit of soul-mate-like romance between two characters who hardly ever interact within the whole thing.
"LOL have you been reading my writing? shhhh you are going to give too much of my storyline away......"
5) I'd like my ideal story to be as close to some truth as possible to make people think "could this really happen/could this have any truth to it"?
Again, thats what makes for good science-fiction. Going completely fantasy without anything anyone can relate to makes for really trashy sci-fi. So yeah. Make it real.
6) Give me big and bad lazer shooting hi-tec Alien space craft.
Cliche. Maybe something else. Maybe an invisible laser that turns that which it hits into dust (just an example).
"Yeah, I know what you mean. Not too cliche but I would like to see more ship action... If you know what I mean. But not too "red lazer" blowing things up so it looks really corny."
7) The right balance of action, adventure, romance and drama, and good thought provoking storyline wins me over.
Fair enough. But going too broad un-focusses your story and it looses its unique touch. Dont try to be everything for everyone imo.
"I know what you mean here. The Heart or Core of my story is the human/alien emotional ties which a heck of a lot of people will deffinately relate to. The Aliens, Spaceships and worlds are the pretty plots and scenes that make it look good."
8) A mixture of bad and good aliens is what I like to see, as well as good and bad humans.
Which is natural.
9) I like a little comedy to lighten up the story as well.
10) Good character development is important.
Yes. What turns me off is when characters are described to such detail that nothing is left to imagination and when dialogues are unnatural/unlikely or too stale.
"Yeah, I think the trick here is trying to get the balance just right. So I hope I will have."
Thanks for your feedback... It really helps to know I've got most things right.
P.S. with all these smiley faces and clowns, where are the alien ones?