Why “Jupiter Ascending” Appears Suicidal: Lessons For Writers on Plot, Structure, World-Building, Character Development, and Genre Boundaries

After writing a review to “The Long Way To A Dark, Angry Planet” and picking apart plot failures, another epic plot disaster came to mind. “Jupiter Ascending” is a success that never was. Check it out.

Ellie Maloney

jupiter-ascending2.jpg Image Credit: “Jupiter Ascending” on Deadline.com .

Imagine that your novel gets a $176 mil. movie budget. Once you recover from the expensive champagne and endorphin induced hangover, you suddenly realize that your story is half-baked at best! Huge gauges peer at you from the pages of your manuscript in plot (characters do things for no apparent reason), structure (climatic sequence keeps crying ‘wolves’ on the reader, and whenever the sheep is finally eaten, we just don’t care), and you are hard-pressed to figure out the genre go your creature. There are two possible explanations:

A. You are a genius who created a potentially misunderstood masterpiece.

B. You are a lazy genius who spent too much time developing things that you enjoy, and brushed through the rest.

Of course, the likelihood of getting yourself on such a conundrum for a novice writer is slim, but we can learn something from…

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