Spoiler warning: There’s a spoiler-free analysis of Detective Pikachu in this post, but if you haven’t seen it yet and you’re concerned about gleaning too much even from that, then this is your one and only warning.
Hey there partners! How was your weekend? Plant any seeds? Solve any mysteries? Topple any governments? These are all completely normal things we might do as writers, of course. I was not as productive as I wanted to be today, but it was cold and wet and all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my cats and Netflix so that’s what I did.
I rearranged my office first though. Swapped my desk and one of my bookcases in a way that I think makes a bit more sense than my initial setup. I’m one step closer to having a plot/motivation board above my computer anyway, now that my desk isn’t under a window. Also my husband can’t sneak up on me anymore. And now I can get my comfy thinkin’ chair! It’s all coming together. I feel it in my jellies.
I mentioned in my notes section of yesterday’s post I think, but Friday night the hubby and I went to the movies to see Detective Pikachu and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Pikachu says the “feel it in my jellies” line a few times and it was just so cute and wholesome I’ve decided to adopt it into my own lexicon. Ryan Reynolds is such a treasure. Detective Pikachu lifted my spirits and set the tone for my whole weekend.
It’s also a great teaching point for story telling. (Ha, didn’t think I was gonna tie in craft to this one, didja!) Of course, most movies are. We can learn from all the media we consume, but the thing I loved about Detective Pikachu was the transparency. It’s the formulaic hero’s journey and it wasn’t subtle about its path from inciting incident to resolution. It telegraphed its every move, but it was still so entertaining to watch the characters react to the events they were thrown into even if I could see exactly where they were going next.
Maybe it just felt that way to me, because my brain is already tuned to following story structures and following all the threads I can. Detective Pikachu is a simple film. It doesn’t have a dozen subplots to keep track of. It has a small cast of characters and they are all defined well enough that anyone who knows anything about character development can figure out what they are going to do next. This is not a bad thing.
I haven’t personally read any reviews of this one, so I don’t know what people are saying is good/bad about the story/characters/etc but I’ve read enough reviews for other films/books/tv shows over the last few years to know that critics do hyper fixate on such things. The internet certainly wastes no time in pointing out every perceived plot hole and problematic character it can. It just seems foolish to do so to a movie meant for kids who have no idea what movie tropes are and who are going to be thrilled with every twist and turn the movie is throwing at them. There were so many giggles in the theater when we saw it Friday night and that’s what it’s all about.
Now, I did have one major “wait, hang on a second” moment after the movie was over. My sister had also gone to see the movie that night and we were texting about how much we loved it but we both had the same question. How the heck did [REDACTED] not [REDACTED] [REDACTED] [REDACTED] [REDACTED] [REDACTED] coming [REDACTED] [REDACTED]?!! And also, I refuse to believe [REDACTED] [REDACTED] is [REDACTED] [REDACTED] [REDACTED].
Whew. Now that I got that out of my system. Let’s look at some prompts, shall we?
261. Have you ever had something stolen from you?
262. Do you think table manners are important? Why?
263. If you could build your own vacation resort, what is one attraction you would definitely include?
264. You have been given $100 on the condition that you must spend it all on yourself. What will you do with your money?
265. What does spring look like in your neighborhood?
Another great week of prompts! Hopefully I can churn out a few short stories from them this week. And hopefully they spark something for you too! I’ve rambled on long enough tonight. I’ll close with a recommendation to go see Detective Pikachu if you haven’t already. Go again if you have. It really will make you feel good.
Have a great night! See you tomorrow!
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