Ten rules for writing fiction | Books | guardian.co.uk

The Guardian published a huge collection of top 10 writing tips from various authors, I’ve posted Elmore Leonard‘s before, but I thought I’d post Neil Gaiman’s and a link to the rest.

Neil Gaiman

1 Write.

2 Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

3 Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

4 Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.

5 Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

6 Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

7 Laugh at your own jokes.

8 The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter

via Ten rules for writing fiction | Books | guardian.co.uk.

Writing Flash Fiction

Since some people might be considering doing the STC10 challenge, I thought I’d links to a few places with tips on how to write Flash Fiction. Enjoy!

Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction | Books | guardian.co.uk.

Tips for Writing Flash Fiction | MattMooreWrites

The Challenge of Writing Flash Fiction | Hubpages

 

 

 

The Save the Cat 10 (STC10) Story Writing Challenge!

Since my post on my little creative exercise, The Fox Cycle, yesterday, I’ve had a couple people write to me with questions about trying the Save the Cat 10 Story Writing Challenge (STC10) themselves. So, I thought I’d take a minute and write up a few simple rules for the challenge that people can use (or disregard) to keep themselves on an even keel.

Enjoy!

The Save the Cat 10 Story Writing Challenge (STC10)

Goal: The goal is to produce 10 stories in 10 weeks, at a rate of one a week, each one based on one of the 10 movie types (also refered to as genres) presented by Blake Snyder in his book on screenwriting called Save the Cat! Snyder’s genres are different than the standard romance, comedy, horror (etc) genres, and can be found in chapter two of his book. For those who can’t afford the book, or don’t wish to purchase it, descriptions of the 10 types can be found here, and here, with extra notes on working with several of them from writer Erik Bork here.

Benefits: Doing the challenge is a great way to flex your creative muscles, clean out the cobwebs if you haven’t written for a while, and tighten up your writing. Being forced to write a story in such a condensed form really makes each word count, and can help in teaching yourself to be more concise in your writing. If you follow the rules, you’ll also build an audience, and at the end of the 10 weeks you’ll have ten stories you can show off, market, or use as springboards for further stories or projects. (I used this challenge as a way to build a setting and cast of characters to use in other future stories.)

Rules:

The Basic Rules are as follows:

1) You must write one story a week for ten weeks, each corresponding to one of Snyder’s 10 different genre types. (Order doesn’t matter, no type can be done twice!)

2) Each story must be Flash Fiction (about 1000 words in length). Anyone can find the time to write 1000 words a week, it just takes an hour or two. If you’re a person blessed with lots of extra time, you may choose to write longer short stories instead, but I recommend setting a word target (say 3-4000 words)  for each story and sticking to it.

3) You must pick a day of the week to be your deadline day, and post these stories online somewhere on that day. This is to keep you honest, and because deadlines are helpful. It doesn’t matter if the story is “perfect” or not, it has to go up on that day, or else! Also, it doesn’t matter where you post these stories, but it must be at least a semi-public forum where other people can read them. (I recommend a personal blog, a forum, Wattpad, or fictionpress.com.)

That’s pretty much it. Just follow these rules, and if you can pull it off in 10 Weeks, you win!

However, if this seems a bit easy for you, and you want to take it up a notch, we have the  advanced challenges! You can do some, all, or none of them, it all depends on you.

(Optional) Advanced Challenges:

4) Write in a new and unfamiliar setting. (For example, a new school, a new town, a new job setting, a historical setting, another planet, or someplace you’ve never set a story before.)

5) Write about new and unfamiliar characters. (Maybe the flight crew of a passenger jet, or men salvaging boats in Indian, or a student who has just gone abroad to teach English.)

6) Have a central theme or idea that runs through your stories. Maybe you want all of them to be comedies, or maybe you want the themes of longing and heartbreak to run through all of them, or maybe they’re all based on the question “what if animals could talk?”. Pick some thread you want to connect the stories together, and weave it in.

7) Produce artwork to go along with each story when posted. If you have the ability, you can do it yourself, or you can challenge an artist friend to produce the artwork as their own personal creative challenge. Of course, if someone else is doing it, you need to give them a couple days to produce the art, so either write fast, or tell them what the story is going to be about ASAP!

8 ) Set some other extra challenge for yourself related to the story that pushes your creativity. Perhaps you usually write male characters, but will make all your leads for the challenge female. Or maybe, you will write music to accompany each story. Or maybe you will post a reading of the story in an audio file instead of text. The possibilities are limitless, and up to you. Have fun!

Thoughts and Notes:

As someone who has done this myself, I have a few recommendations:

  • Buy Save the Cat!, having the book there beside you to refer to does help. (Save the Cat Goes to the Movies is also helpful, but not required.)
  • Remember that these story types don’t require that the stories be of a particular traditional genre (comedy, romance, action, erotica, etc) or aimed at a particular audience (young adult, adult) so feel free to do what you want.
  • Don’t take the genre type names too literally.
  • Sometimes, you might find that the story you set out to write ends up being one of the other types instead. Think of how you can re-write it to better fit what you were aiming for. (Or,if you haven’t done that type yet, use this story for that spot!)
  • Set the stories in a place, or around a group of people. This will give you more flexibility in the stories you tell, and lets you build upon the other stories in the challenge.
  • Play with different points of view. Writing Flash Fiction is hard sometimes, because often you have to tell, not show, the story. Certain viewpoints are better for certain ways of telling the story. (ie, a character who is having another character tell the story to them is a good technique for framing some longer stories and condensing them down.)
  • Don’t try to cram all your ideas into 1000 words, just stick to the essentials and make notes for later if you wish to expand the story or write a new story building upon some part of it.
  • If your story, after editing and despite your best efforts, still runs 1214 words, post it anyways.
  • If you miss a week, post that you’re taking the week off, and then post your next story the following week. Try not to miss two weeks in a row. (You have an audience expecting your next story! Don’t let them down!)
  • If you post to twitter, use the hashtag #flashfiction to let people know it’s there!
  • And most of all- have fun! This is supposed to be a fun, creative exercise, so don’t forget the fun part!

And that’s it! Have fun challenging yourself, and if you decide to do the challenge feel free to let us know how it went by posting in the comments section below.

Creative Challenges: The Fox Cycle

I think it’s good for writers to challenge themselves, it helps them grow.

Back in January of this year, I picked up an amazing book for (script)writers called Save the Cat! by scriptwriting guru Blake Snyder. I’d heard about it online, tracked down a copy at the local bookstore, and poured through it to discover it wasn’t as good as advertised it was better. So much better. (So if you haven’t read it and you’re a writer of fiction, go buy a copy- NOW!)

Among Snyder’s revelations was his theory that all movies can be broken down into ten different types, and that when writing a story, a writer should have one of these types in mind to know what exactly it is they’re writing.  This makes a lot of sense when you consider that most movies are only about 110 minutes long, at a minute of film per page of script. 110 pages of script isn’t a lot of time to work with when you actually get into it, so stories of movies must be concise and focussed or you get an unfocussed mess.

When I started to think through his list, I both agreed with it, and found it quite liberating. What he’d done was not just condense standard types of movie stories, but also stories in general, and each of them caused ideas for stories to pop into my head. While they might be a little simplistic for novel plots (or maybe not), these seemed to work especially well for short stories.

So, having just finished The Inuyama Rebellion fiction serial over on my Kung Fu Action Theatre site, and looking for more content to keep the site active, I decided to set myself a little creative challenge. Of course, there had to be rules, which were:

1)      I would write 10 short stories, one for each of Snyder’s ten story types.

2)      I would make all the stories Flash Fiction: 1000 words or less in length, since I was at the start of what looked to be a very busy semester.  This was an added challenge to me because I had very rarely written such short fiction (most of my stories tend to be around 7,000-10,000 words long) and didn’t think I was very good at it.

3)      Each story had to be complete and stand-alone.

I also decided that I needed a unified theme, so I dusted off a character idea I’d had about a young First Nations girl in New France adopted and raised by a former Musketeer and decided to use that as the focus. Of course, this meant I was adding both historical research and language issues (Je ne parle pas francais!) to the challenge, but I decided since it was flash fiction it would be light on the details anyways so I could fudge it as needed. (HA!)

And then, on top of that, a few weeks after I started the project, I got into the DAZ Studio 3D art program, and decided that I should incorporate 3D art into the challenge as well as a way to teach myself DAZ. This required slowly buying up the elements I needed for different scenes, and then composing them into something that worked with the characters and stories. A whole huge challenge unto itself!

So, I got to add:

4)      Write in a new, unfamiliar historical setting about completely new characters.

5)      Generate 3D art to go with each story using a new art program I barely knew how to work.

As you can tell, I like my challenges easy.

I decided to call it The Fox Cycle (as in, a cycle of stories, not a fox on a motorcycle) and posted the first one at the end of January with the intent of posting a new one every Monday for ten weeks.

So, how’d it go?

Well, I didn’t quite pull off the one-a-week schedule for many reasons I won’t bother to go into, but this week I posted the tenth and final story in the cycle

You can judge for yourself how it all turned out. From my side, I think some of the stories came out really well, while others are just so-so. I consistently impressed myself with my own ability to both condense the stories down to 1000 words, and to keep each one interesting and different from the others.  I was also surprised how much humor leaked into the stories.

I learned a lot about the characters, which grew organically as I wrote each story, and the setting grew as well. I’d hoped to use this project to explore and develop this story and setting for other larger future projects, and it worked beyond my expectations. I now have a very firm idea of my characters and the world they live in, one which I couldn’t possibly fit into the small space of the cycle, but which I hope to explore in the near future with other, longer works.

My own writing skills have also improved as a result of being forced to write such short, tight prose. It was a challenge at first, but now that I’m used to it I wonder why my other stories tended to be so long! I’d say this challenge has really helped me in thinking through my own personal writing style by forcing me to keep words to a minimum, and it’s also made me rethink how I frame the stories I write.

On the art side, I’ve learned how to master the basics of both DAZ Studio 4.0 and GiMP because of this project, and I’m quite happy with how some of the art turned out. I’ve never considered myself a visual artist, and still don’t, but I have started to gain a deeper understanding of how a picture is composed, the importance of lighting, and how much work it takes to make a good picture.

 

Would I do it again?

I’m not sure.

It’s one of those artistic challenges that’s good to go through as a rite of passage, but I’m not sure I’m going to be interested in doing it again anytime soon. It was a great way to develop this new setting to write in, and force myself to learn, so I might give it another go at some point in the future. It’s definitely a challenge that I’d recommend to someone else to try, although you might want to drop the visual art element and just focus on the writing and characters.

 

Appendix:

For those familiar with Blake Snyder’s Ten Types and who wonder how my stories correspond to them, here’s the breakdown:

1)      The Musketeer (Dude With a Problem)

2)      The Eyes of a Warrior (Buddy Love)

3)      The Elders of Ville Marie (The Fool Triumphant)

4)      The Bodyguard (Out of the Bottle)

5)      The Beating (Whydunit)

6)      Identity (Institutionalized)

7)      Home (Golden Fleece)

8)      Rennie’s Wedding (Rite of Passage)

9)      The Troll (Monster in the House)

10)   Hero (Superhero)

I leave it you, my readers, to decide the degree to which I failed or succeeded in living up to each of the different types. I think I hit a few dead-on, and came close with a few others. My favorites of the set are Eyes of a Warrior, The Bodyguard, Rennie’s Wedding, and Hero. The ones I’m not quite as happy with are The Musketeer, Identity and Home.

ECCC 2012: Star Wars Trilogy: The Radio Play

Most of the cast of Futurama, plus the cast of Animaniacs, plus Batman, doing a readthrough of the Star Wars radioplay script in various character voices. Has to be heard to be believed! 🙂

Review: The Legend of Korra

So this week I finally took the chance to catch up on the serial The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, which is the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender and airs on Nickelodeon on Saturday mornings. Originally intended as a mini-series, even before it aired the channel upgraded its status based on just what they’d seen of it, and there’s no question why- it’s probably one of the best animated shows North Americans have ever produced.

The original Avatar: The Last Airbender, was an impressive show, but took a little while to find its footing and was perhaps a little too young-oriented for its own good at first. It wanted to be a show for all ages, but because of the channel I personally found the early episodes hard to watch and a bit too kiddy-oriented for my tastes. I strongly suspect this was the result of Nickelodeon suits screaming “make it funnier” behind the scenes, while the production team was just trying to make a balanced adventure series. My evidence of that is that as soon as the show got popular (and the producers had more power), it slowed down on the humor and became more steady and balanced as it went.(Which made it even more popular.)

The Legend of Korra is a completely different beast (if you’ll pardon the pun), if for no reason than because the producers were more experienced the second time around and they also had more say in things. As a result, they have produced something that is both unique and fascinating on so many levels that I almost don’t know where to begin to describe it. So first, for those who many not know what I’m talking about, let’s take a look at the preview trailer:

Want to know something scary? That trailer doesn’t even do justice to how visually beautiful and well animated the show is. It’s like watching a weekly movie, and one done by experienced hands at an A-List studio who know exactly what they’re doing and what they want to achieve. The life this brings to the characters and the setting is amazing, and when the action kicks it, it becomes pure poetry.

And action there is! But before I go on, I should probably explain the plot.

The story is fairly simple- Korra lives in a fantasy world where people called Benders have the ability to control and shape elements telekinetically. If you’re a Bender and you’re attuned to Water, you can make water fly around and do tricks, the same with Earth, Air and Fire. They can’t create the element, but they can shape what’s there, and there are sub-specialties under the main categories, like Metal-Bending and Blood-Bending.

Each generation, there is a single Bender born called the Avatar, who can control all the different elements, not just a single one like most Benders. The original series was about an Avatar named Ang, who was the last of the Airbenders (duh!) and who helped bring peace to the setting and ended a hundred-year long war.

At the start of this series, Ang has already passed away, and a new Avatar has been born to the Water Tribe named Korra. She’s good with water, but her command of the other elements is spotty at best, and her particular weakness is Airbending, so as a teen she goes to live with Tenzin, Ang’s son, in Republic City. (A city founded by Ang, which is now a roaring metropolis.) Shortly after her arrival, she hooks up with a team of sport-benders called the Fire Ferrets, and ends up joining their team. She also runs afoul of the Equalists, and their leader Amon, who claim to be working to promote rights for non-Benders (most of the population) who live under Bender rule.

And, it’s these last two points that make this show both unique and surprisingly deep at times for what is technically a “kids show”.

Half of the show is a “sports drama”, as Korra becomes involved with the Pro-Bending League and bonds with her teammates Mokko and Bolin. The sport itself is surprisingly well thought-out and presented in a way which is both dramatic and easy to follow for the audience. The rules to the sport are almost intuitive, so even those who missed the episode where it’s explained can understand it.  Also, watching the teenaged Korra learn and develop through sport is fun and a real inspiration for getting youth involved in sports and physical activity. I wish we had more sports shows for kids like this.

It’s caught on to the point where people are actually trying to create real-life versions as well:

The other half of the show, the Equalists, shines just as brightly. They could have been simple bad-guys, but instead they’re presented as real people who live under the yoke of Bender oppression and believe in their fight for freedom. This is surprisingly heavy for a youth-oriented show, and the producers don’t shy away for what this means and the implications involved. Is Korra really working for the good of all people? Or is she the “savior” of an overclass who dominate those who can’t bend?

Fan Made Equalist Video:

The other nice thing is that their leader, the masked and mysterious Amon, is also portrayed as both extremely smart and capable. His plans almost always work, and all the positive thinking and determination of Korra and her allies mean almost nothing against his intelligence and foresight. She’s not even in his league, and the show makes that clear from the start. There will be a long journey before Korra could even hope to face Amon, and Republic City likely doesn’t have that much time left.

Which brings me to the other shining jewel of the show- the setting!

Where the original show existed in a sort of low-tech steampunk Victorian setting, Korra’s setting is an evolved version of that which bears a striking resemblance to the Roaring Twenties. The city is alive with culture and style to the point where you almost believe its a real place, and they draw heavily on that period to give it authenticity. In fact, I would argue that Republic City is basically an idealized Shanghai of the 20’s and early 30’s during its glory period, with Bending thrown into the mix.

Even the “previously on” segment that catches the audience up at the start of each episode is presented as an old black and white newsreel, with an old-style announcer’s rapid play-by-play patter of the events.

The characters themselves are all well thought-out, nuanced, and generally quite likable. Korra herself is a seat-of-the pants headstrong country girl in the big city, and unique in American TV in many ways, for example, from her “date” with Bolin:

How many other shows would let their heroine do that?

The drama in the show isn’t especially deep, but it’s not meant to be, the show is a coming of age show mixed with an action show, and it plays both of those cards quite well. The mix of humor and drama is almost pitch-perfect, and it really lets all the characters have their moments and show their humanity, so that you really feel for them when the bad stuff goes down.

Overall, I give The Legend of Korra an A+, and highly recommend watching it if you get the chance. It really is a premium show, and deserves the accolades it gets.

Free eBook: The Cat and The Whaler

I’ve just released my newest Little Gou adventure, and to celebrate I’m offering it for free for the next two weeks! Until June 7th, if you go to Smashwords and enter the coupon code NQ67B you can get it in the format of your choice absolutely free! All I ask is that if you enjoy it you leave a rating on Amazon, Smashwords or Goodreads to help me promote the story. This is a special Gou story, in that it’s illustrated as well, with art by Yi Weng! Check it out!

Rob

What Writers can Learn from Fanfiction(.net)

About once a year I make a point of visiting the website Fanfiction.net, which as the name might suggest is a giant trove of fanfiction, perhaps the largest on the internet with 6.6 million titles as of March 2011. Fanfiction, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is a special form of writing where you take existing characters, settings and situations from media and write your own stories with them. So, for example, if you were a fan of Harry Potter (as a few people are), you might choose to write stories about Harry’s other adventures, or even your own adventures at Hogwarts. The field is wide open, and the only limit is that it must be tied to an existing work of media fiction in some way.

It is of course technically illegal, since these writers are using copyrighted materials to produce their own works, but as long as nobody tries to directly make money off it the tradition of the rights holders has been to turn a blind eye to fanfiction. This is actually very smart, since fanfiction itself acts as a form of advertising for the different media properties and there are many fans whose first taste of a story may in fact be a fanfiction written by their friends. Seeing how passionate the story has made their friends, people often look into the original stories, and so new fans are created. (All at no cost to the original rights holders.)

Thus fanfiction.net, a place which is technically a giant repository of intellectual property theft, exists and will continue to exist as long as the bills are paid.

Now, I mentioned I try to visit fanfiction.net at least once a year. Why do I do this?

Well, it’s not because I’m a reader of fanfiction (I haven’t been in some time), nor am I a writer of fanfiction (as I’ve publically stated, I think it’s not good for writers who have any longer-term prospects), but I do think the site is an extremely valuable tool for writers to be aware of, and I’m going to tell you why.

Simply put- fanfiction is what happens when stories make readers so passionate that they want to create more of them. Some aspect of that story has struck a chord with readers/viewers to the point where they not only want more, but must have more, and want to share it with others.

So, based on this, fanfiction.net is a treasure-trove of pure hard data about what stories are actually resonating with readers. This isn’t stories that have been “liked” on some website, reviewed, or “voted most popular”, this is unfiltered data about what has actually struck a primal chord with readers. Not only that, if you were to really examine it, it would show you what elements of stories really worked with readers as well. Who did the readers really connect with? What part of the story did they like the most? What things do they tend to ignore when they remake their own versions?

The possibilities for data-mining are endless, but unfortunately few people have the time to do that much digging, and this is especially true for writers, who have to, you know- write.

The other issue is of course that not everyone writes fanfiction, nor does it apply to both genders equally. Charles Sendlor, on his fascinating blog Fan Fiction Statistics, was able to get actual data from fanfiction.net on users for the year 2010, and discovered (to sum up) that 78% of fanfiction.net users were female, and that the average age of fanfiction writers on the site was 15.8 years of age. (With the very vast majority of users being between 12 and 21 years old.)

So, if you’re trying to find out how middle aged women feel about James Patterson thrillers, then this is not the place for you. However, if you are trying to figure out what sells to young adults, step right up! Because this is where you will learn exactly what appeals to them!

So, how do you find this information?

Well, there are two things you should be looking for: popularity, and titles written.  You can access both of these easily by picking one of the nine major categories on the site and then selecting Sort by Popularity from the options at the top. (Unless you’re looking for specific titles, in which case you have to do it the hard way.) This will then show the different titles in the category by order and alongside each in brackets will be the number of titles (stories, not chapters or parts) which have been written about that particular story.

For example, let’s look under the “Books” Category for today (May 20th, 2012):

  1. Harry Potter (593,840)
  2. Twilight (199,947)
  3. Lord of the Rings (46,365)
  4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (26,092)
  5. Hunger Games (18,950)
  6. Maximum Ride (15,783)
  7. Warriors (12,746)
  8. Phantom of the Opera (10,278)
  9. Chronicles of Narnia (9,522)
  10. Gossip Girl (9,169)
  11. Song of the Lioness (8,116)
  12. Outsiders (6,974)

I’m sure most of these top 12 surprise very few people, although there are a few curve-balls in there. Phantom of the Opera has over 10 thousand stories written about it? And the Outsiders, a book written in 1965 about teen gang members, is #12? It’s interesting what sticks with young people, even over time, isn’t it?

The “youth” of this list is clearly showing as well. These are almost all “coming of age” stories of some kind, with elements of fantasy or teen angst thrown in for good measure. Definitely a list you can see teenagers reading, especially teenaged girls.

But if you go further afield you will find this isn’t always true, the top twelve for the TV category today isn’t entirely a youth-oriented list:

  1. Glee (72,383)
  2. Supernatural (61,999)
  3. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer (44,290)
  4. Doctor Who (37,517)
  5. NCIS (30,811)
  6. CSI (26,248)
  7. Stargate: SG-1 (25,828)
  8. House, M.D. (20,508)
  9. Criminal Minds (20,316)
  10. Bones (18,198)
  11. Stargate: Atlantis (17,785)
  12. Gilmore Girls (16,115)

I’m almost tempted to read GLEE fanfics just to find out how they handle the dancing and singing elements, aren’t you? But, the rest of that list is basically right off the Neilson ratings, with a few little geek twists. (Doctor Who for the win!) Although for all its popularity, it’s interesting that Star Trek didn’t make the top 12. (This may be because there’s other Star Trek specific fanfiction repositories elsewhere on the web, though.)

Similarly, most of the Movies list isn’t likely to surprise anyone:

  1. Star Wars (28,331)
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean (19,553)
  3. High School Musical (18,139)
  4. X-Men: The Movie (14,696)
  5. Star Trek: 2009 (8,285)
  6. Labyrinth (7,455)
  7. Newsies (7,020)
  8. Camp Rock (6,857)
  9. Transformers (5,106)
  10. Batman Begins/Dark Knight (4,950)
  11. Inception (3,477)
  12. Matrix (3,173)

But again, there are anomalies- Newsies? (A 1992 musical about paperboys!) What the heck? 1986’s Labyrinth is also an interesting one to find on the list. I also feel this list is much more male-centered, and I would expect to find many more young male writers in this category as well. (As I would with the Video Games section.)

Also note the lower numbers for the movie list compared with the other two. Nice to know that the print medium is alive, well, and kicking ass in its own ways. Maybe this is because books are a co-operative form of storytelling, and so much of the story is already in the reader’s heads. (Or insert joke here about movies having very little story to begin with…)

In any case, my final thoughts, having looked at the different categories, are these- What teens want (despite the Twilight Vampire romance boom) are stories about group dynamics and finding your place in the world. Seems obvious, I know, but at least it has hard data to back it up now.

At least, that’s what I took from my casual survey. Your mileage may vary!

Happy hunting!

Rob

Viva Spider-Man 1989 fan film – YouTube

While we’re on the topic, I just stumbled across this little gem. Viva Spider-Man is a loving live-action re-creation of the old 1960’s Spider-Man cartoon down to the camera angles and the way the people walk and talk. It also makes an interesting case for Spider-Man as a period piece. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the trilogy after the current one with Andrew Garfield (and there has to be one, or Sony loses the Spider-Man movie rights- they only have them as long as they keep making movies) will be set in the 1960’s like X-Men:First Class.

Spiderman: The Green Goblin’s Last Stand

For my money, probably my favorite version of Spidey put to film isn’t the recent big blockbuster films, it isn’t even an official film at all! It’s the fanfilm: The Green Goblin’s Last Stand. Which is a shot-for-shot adaption of the classic Spiderman story done by a group of amateur actors with almost no budget, yet which still manages to capture the spirit of Spiderman perfectly.

Here’s Part 1, and I believe the other parts are up as well. (For now, it keeps being taken down off Youtube for copyright violations I think.) Watch it while you can!