With the festive season slowly receding, that time for giving, and celebrating, and letting everyone know just how much we love them, what better time to eye-ball other people's stuff and go into a jealous rage?
My question: what story idea/s do you wish had been yours, and why?
My first answer would have to be: everything from Babylon 5! Such a great story. Apart from the occasional overly-convenient wrap to an episode, B5 was an absolute powerhouse of ideas, and characters, and tensions, and philosophical analogy. Damn, that's some good stuff, and I'd have loved to come up with all that.
In reality, it was J. Michael Straczynski who came up with the main idea, and he planned out all five seasons, but the screen writing was done by a team. I guess if I'm up against a genius and his writing army, then I don't feel too bad about not getting there first.
Perhaps oddly, I would have liked to come up with The Prince of Tides, too. The book is incredible, and I love the way modern issues are dealt with (such as ethnic minority, cultural tradition, feminism, and individuality... so much!) while the story of a troubled family is slowly brought to the fore. I've seen the film, too, but I can't remember if it had the same ending as the book. I do recall that 'the sister' wasn't very much in evidence, whereas she's a much bigger presence in the book, you get more visits to the hospital, and more flashbacks, many of which include horrific and/or disturbing scenes. The book made me cry, and that's very rare between me and fiction, so that's one of the reasons I'd like to have come up with the whole idea.
There are a few more, but I can't think of any specific at the moment.
How about you guys?