Idea Trap

I heard something today. I was listening “the Canon,” a podcast on movies. The latest episode is about Marvel’s Avengers: The Movie! which came out a few years ago. You may have heard of it. It is a fun conversation which I’m only half finished with, and I had a great idea for a blog post.

Of course, I forgot it.

Writing while driving is frowned upon, so there wasn’t much I could do about it at the time. It may have had something to do with the seriousness of the Batman movies juxtaposed against the colorful Marvel movies and how, in order to really crack that nut, you just need to provide a heartfelt version of your subject matter. Both franchises worked because they were taken seriously. Marvel didn’t ask forgiveness for having a helicarrier, they just had one. It’s kind of a goofy idea.

That wasn’t it.

It might have been about Thor: Ragnarok and how it’s such a great movie – but I’m pretty sure I’ve written that before. The slight epiphany I had driving home is that even without the jokes, Ragnarok would be a compelling narrative. That’s the best part of the best comedies. Even if it’s nothing new or bold, if your story is solid, you have a good shot at a good movie.

“Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” are great, not just because of their jokes, but their actual stories. Blazing Saddles has a journey. There’s real stakes – people die! I mean, it turns into an incredible farce at the end, but the hero does win. Young Frankenstein has a main character running from his past, embracing it, helping to find understanding. Ragnarok reminds me of those. Not that there are screwball elements (there is some good physical comedy), but because it had a compelling story to tell.

No, it wasn’t that, either.

If only we had idea traps. Little caps we could wear to hold ideas for us so they didn’t float away. Would life be better? Doubtful. I’ve also wished for insta-printers that could read your mind and instantly print your novel. That’s because novels are hella-long and challenging to write.

It wasn’t an overly compelling idea, which almost makes it MORE frustrating. I forget great ideas all the time! I usually remember the piddly little ones. Not in this case!

Anyway, The Canon is great. Movie fans should listen.

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