Friday, January 14, 2005

Comic Dictionary - "Outside Writing"

I figure I will occasionally define some phrases that I use a lot.

OUTSIDE WRITING

Outside writing is what you call it when outside influences, like editors, influence the way a story is written, not the natural flow of the story.

For instance, in the Superman titles awhile back.

"Lois and Clark need to break up!"

Then, a few issues later, "No wait, they have to get married tomorrow!"

See?

Silly nonsense like that makes for bad comic books often....but not ALWAYS...

For instance, Morrison's JLA was big-time outside writing, Morrison really did not have an "inside" story reason why the "Big Seven" should form a team together, but the comic was excellent anyways.

This is not just a comic term, it also applies to other serial medium, like television. "Character X loves Character Y sooo much. But Character X's contract is up, and is leaving the show. So now Character X hates Character Y."

4 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

Hell, it doesn't even have to be a serial medium. This sort of rewriting goes on all the time in movies. "Let's make this character black." "There needs to be an explosion here." "Put in a scene in a nightclub so we can feature the single on the soundtrack." "Write in Madonna as a fencing instructor. No, I'm not crazy."

1/14/2005 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

"Write in Madonna as a fencing instructor. No, I'm not crazy."

I was more annoyed that Bond's torture scenes were set to her shitty theme song in that particular movie, myself.

1/14/2005 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

You're right, Michael, silly outside influences do screw up movie scripts as well, but I think the serial nature of comics and TV shows make it stand out more, because you see the story develop...and then suddenly veer to a different direction out of nowhere.

While a movie, it is less apparant.

1/15/2005 01:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Put in a scene in a nightclub so we can feature the single on the soundtrack."

And MacQ sez: there is at least one director in Hollywood who insists on having at least one scene set in a strip joint in every movie he makes. He just likes shooting in strip joints. So if you see a movie where all of a sudden there's a random scene with strippers, check the credits. Eventually you'll figure out who it is.

1/18/2005 02:48:00 PM  

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