Friday, 6 August 2010

Ideas vs execution

It's the execution of an idea, not the idea itself, that makes fiction compelling. If it were the originality of the idea, then a bad author handling a good idea would be far more entertaining than a good author with an ordinary idea. Similarly, no movies would ever be remade because the idea has already been done before (and there would be far fewer sequels too). The world would have only one love song, one painted portrait, one photograph of a sunrise and (blessedly) one romance novel if the only thing that mattered about art was unique ideas. But that's obviously not the case, because we are willing to go and see the "plucky ordinary hero defies the odds and brings down the arrogant, evil villains" movie over and over.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - I'm pretty sure there would only be one episode of many TV shows, too.
PPS - Like Bewitched.


Chris said...

It's all story vs. presentation. You can have the best story idea in the world, but in the hands of an amateur, it becomes wasted. On the other hand, you can have the same old recycled plot, but in the hands of a professional, you can thrill millions. I favor "making a good movie" over "making an original movie" any day.

Erin Marie said...

Of course, if you can get 'good' and 'original' in the same creation, beautiful things can happen.

John said...

Original and well-done is always preferable, but if you have to choose between the two, as Chris said, you should choose the well-done one.