“Writing For Your Life” Sunday Newsletter: November 29, 2020
In Memory of David (“Darth Vader”) Prowse
Firstly, I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving. In our current craziness, simply reaching out to a friend or family member and sharing a smile for even a few minutes can make a world of difference.
As this weekend’s newsletter is about creative inspiration, I’m dedicating this issue of “Writing For Your Life” to the late David Prowse, who passed away last night at the age of 85.
As a writer, “Star Wars” has long been, by far, my greatest pop-culture inspiration. David was a big part of that inspiration, playing the man behind Darth Vader’s suit. It may sound silly coming from a guy in his 50s, but I believe the combination of David and James Earl Jones, who provided Vader’s voice, were the perfect inspiring combination in the sense of embodying characters that resonate.
I interviewed David in 2009, in a piece I published years later on the Medium platform. Click on this link.
Speaking of “Star Wars,” the concept of the brand’s controversial fanbase, which some consider emblematic of a larger issue, has become increasingly distressing.
See here for an in-depth article on the negative aspects of fandom. As I state in the article, I remain cautiously optimistic for the brand’s future.
We all need our inspiration. What has gone on within the “Star Wars” base I hope can be healed.
Along with the “Star Wars” article were two other movie-themed articles published this week. The first being an exploration of history as we compare Julius Caesar to his namesake in “The Planet of the Apes” films. (We never lack for ambition in “Writing For Your Life.”)
The second article of mine is about sequels that were written to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” but never produced.
As we received several movie-related submissions this week, I would like to share two from new contributor Max Borg.
The first asks if “The Godfather” could be made today. Click here.
Max’s second piece regards why the term “comic book movie” should be a remnant of the past.
As “Writing For Your Life” also tries to educate, here is an insider’s piece about selling screenplays and television pilots.
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Until next week …
Writer-Editor, “Writing For Your Life”