I recently trimmed down the amount of time I spend on Twitter. Maybe I need to go back and trim it down again. I came across a real peach of a tweet. The only redeemingly quality it has is that it perfectly illustrates what I’ve been talking about recently: The difference between Superversive and subversive.
Quick refresher, and for those wandering into the topic for the first time, Superversive builds up while subversive destroys.
The tweet in question is a two-parter and here they are for your viewing pleasure:
First off, we’ll set aside the copyright issues sure to be attached to this. I seem to recall Sony having Lord of the Rings games that came out on PS2 at the time of the Peter Jackson films. I’m doubting either Sony or anyone holding the rights to Tolkien’s works granting permission for this project, with or without the indicated overhaul of the original material. But, for the sake of argument and for this blog post, lets say they get the green light.
First question: Why?
If you want to create a high fantasy game that is in the same vein as Tolkien and checks off all those “woke” boxes you so desperately want to check off, you can easily do so without using any of the characters or places in his classic work. It isn’t that hard to do. I did it. Its called Minya’s Legacy. The game never got produced but I created the entire story and bible for it. I’ve been considering making it into a full-blown novel down the line.
It’s original, doesn’t rip-off Tolkien, and doesn’t completely change Tolkien’s richly-developed characters. It shows respect for Tolkien’s work, respect for the millions who have read and deeply enjoy what he created by creating a Tolkien-like story without crapping on his original work.
Showing proper respect for original work matters, especially if you are going to dare wander into an established world and try to craft something new within it. I write Sherlock Holmes pastiches. Four have been published, a fifth will be coming out later this year. I’m currently writting a weekly series of Star Trek fan fiction that touches on Star Trek: Enterprise, The Original Series and The Next Generation. In both instances I am being extremely careful to remain true to the canon and established characters. This is Superversively building up, lifting an established universe to even greater heights.
Sadly, it looks like this project intends to take a huge crap on Tolkien’s works, just like we’ve seen done recently with J.J. Abrams’ led reboot of Star Trek and the disasterous Star Wars sequel triliogy. Established canon was trashed, main characters were dramatically altered (Spock and Uhura as lovers? Seriously, J.J.? Luke Skywalker a bitter old man who tried to murder his nephew and gave up on the universe? Seriously, Rian?) and even the underlying themes of both were changed to fit a more “woke” mindset not shared by a majority of long-time fans of each franchise.
Or, in other words, Star Trek, Star Wars and now the recently targeted Lord of the Rings, has been subversively torn down and twisted into an unrecognizable heap of useless garbage. These are just the more recent examples. There are many more and many more are sure to be targeted soon.
The good news is that there are plenty of old books, movies and shows to rely on so that these franchises can still be thoroughly enjoyed. And there are pockets of resistence to the subversive menace, pockets willing to produce stories true to the originals that can be enjoyed by all.
This is the Superversive way. It will always succeed and those who follow it will enjoy unmeasurable happiness in their work.
But I do have two questions for the subversive mob.
If you want to make a LOTR/Star Trek/Star Wars that fits your limited worldview, why do you refuse to go out and create something similar to these franchises using new characters that fit your vision? Why must you invade an established franchise and twist it into something that it never was instead?
Fortunately, I have the answer to both questions.
You lack the talent, the creativity and the drive to do so. That is why you are subversive and that is why ultimately you will always fail and be miserable your entire life.