by Shelton Bumgarner
The novel I’m writing is turning out to be significantly more action packed than I originally imagined. Going into this, I imagined this story would be a ruminative, introspective study of America in the Age of Trump. I thought it was going to be me my liberal, globalist cuck version of Atlas Shrugged.
Boy, was I wrong.
The more I actually write this story, the more it turns into a story that with a little tweaking here and there could be the basis of a tenpole summer popcorn movie like Mission: Impossible — Fallout. The comparison is not perfect, to say the least. That movie, as best I can recall, doesn’t even mention political parties even though it deals with some very political concepts in a general geopolitical manner. Meanwhile, my novel is pretty upclose and personal about modern politics for the specific point of moving the plot along.
I’m doing my best to mitigate this by having the female romantic lead center-Right in her politics, but simply by introducing politics into the story I’m going to piss people off from the entire spectrum of political views. But I know that going into this. But having said all that, I find myself thinking a lot about how I can learn from Mission: Impossible — Fallout when it comes to effectively conveying some pretty big concepts in an entertaining fashion.
The thing about Mission: Impossible — Fallout is it’s so action packed that you don’t really have time to contemplate its political views until it’s over and you’re having a sundae with your date at Dairy Queen. Then you might mention in passing the absolute lack of any mention of Left / Right or Democrat / Republican.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie and it has obviously left a lasting impression on me as I attempt to write my own piece of pop art. I guess the reason this is happening is time and again I find myself writing something pretty action packed without really meaning to, then I think about how Mission: Impossible — Fallout did it and how much of a struggle it will be for me to match that.
I do find it interesting the different internal logic of a movie versus a novel. In a movie simply don’t have time to get into details that in a novel you have plenty of time to talk about. I really, in a sense, would prefer to be a screenwriter at some point instead of a novelist, but this novel concept I’m working on is really, really strong and I want to write this story. I want, for my own sake, if not for the reader, find out what happens to these characters I’ve thought up.
But I’m just in the first draft and not very far long — as of right this second — as it stands. I almost want to watch Mission: Impossible — Fallout again just so I can study it’s storytelling method as I write my own tale. But I have a general idea in my head of what happened, so that should be enough.
Wish me luck.