Tuesday, February 07, 2006

If Spidey was a Screenwriter...

...what he'd say would, yet again, be "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility". And it's true. When you write a script, and you present it to the world, there's so much creative freedom you're allowed... But only so much.

You get to decide on your topics, theme, characters, story, backgrounds and everything. From the way they talk or react to each other, to how they change or what happens to them. You can choose a section of the audience you want it to speak to and be understood by, as well as how or why. You have the power of the storyteller, so anything you say or do while writing your script is that and that alone - anyone can take it or leave it, just the way it is, and anyone can love you, hate you or be completely indifferent to you for their own reasons. Just like real life, really.

And then you have to take into account all their different issues. The how and why comes with a price. You can speak to "virtually everybody" or "virtually nobody". They can accept you for who you are because of what you see as the "wrong" reasons, or they can judge who you are - even worse when it's for the "right" reasons, 'cause then you ought to do something about it. And you can be there to be caught by anybody who cares to chase you, or you can stay in your own virtual back yard and just exist. Again, just like real life.

Yet most people will see you as being there to be judged. They'll acknowledge their own right to judge you, for whatever reason and in whatever context, and you'll just be plain evil if you expect the same from them. You, after all, are the one who decided to bring your work out to the public, to light it up, showcase it and accept their judgement. They didn't. They're not there to be judged - what are they, professionals? They just judge, 'cause that's what humans do. They're not required to treat you with any sort of leniency, just because you worked as best you could and they just sat there, judging. You wanted to be there, you took upon yourself the responsibility to make what you made, to give them what you gave them, and now it's their turn to tell you if you should or shouldn't have in the first place.

Just like a superhero. Yes, it's funny, but they're human too. They make mistakes, or act in one way instead of another which you would think of as better, just because they have to choose, at any given moment, no more than one way to act. And it has to conform with their ideas, with society's ideas, with what they always preach as right or wrong, and for the same reasons. And they're not really allowed to make mistakes - they have to pay for them if they do - or change that much - you won't know what to expect. And whoever loves them, loves them for what they are, just like whoever hates them can hate them for a number of different reasons.

Everyone, in their tiny little lives, in their insignificant corner of the universe, is a superhero of sorts, in the field or fields they have chosen as their own. It's fair, in a sense, but it does get hard at times. Still, you can wear that towel in front of the mirror and pose with your arms spread in front of you, and be proud, and know that you pay the price. With great responsibility, after all, comes great, enormous power.

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