I had a conversation with a friend who’s writing a book about filmmaking/storytelling, with an interesting twist. But he was concerned.
He told me that he’s worried because some of the stuff he’s talking about in the book have already been mentioned in other scriptwriting books. That some of the theories he uses have been discusses in other places. That makes sense. Most story theories have been discussed to death for hundreds of years.
I said “So what?”
And he answered “Why would anyone want to read this? Wouldn’t it be boring?”
I asked him “Are you reading any books about filmmaking or scriptwriting at the moment?”
“About 2-3, yes” He answered.
“Do you feel like you already know most of what they are saying there, or is it all brand new to you?”
Now, this guy has a degree in film, focusing on scriptwriting. Of course these things weren’t brand new to him. He confirmed that he knew most of it.
“Do you still enjoy the reading?”
He said yes.
My point is not that you should copy from others. My point is that you can still create an interesting product even if some concepts are familiar ones. I’ve recently created an online course teaching a 3D program. Are there no other courses teaching that program? Of course there are. But this was my take on it. With my voice and style.
His book has a very interesting twist to it (more on that perhaps in the future), yet like with any book about storytelling it’s hard to completely avoid some knows theories.
It doesn’t matter.
People who live filmmaking, and are interested in the particular topic he focuses on will enjoy this book, even if they read about some stuff they already know. The truth is, people love feeling smart, and they love to have their ideas confirmed. If anything, this could make the reading experience better.