I decided to spend my evening today in the company of all things Nollywood(ok it wasn’t as much by choice as it was that everyone else wanted to watch the Nigerian movie). I had sworn off Nollywood after I had the misfortune of watching a movie called “hidden treasures”. To talk about that movie would be to write a whole new post so before I get carried away, I’ll just say calling the movie terrible would be an understatement. Ok back to this evening. I cant remember the name of the movie being shown. I decided to make things interesting for myself by playing a game I’d like to call “Guess the next scene”. Yes its exactly what the name says. I was basically just guessing what the next scene in the movie would be. Guess who came out an undefeated champion(although I was playing by myself *full grin*). I used the word undefeated ’cause I didn’t get even one wrong. I mean even if I was playing with someone, the worst that would have happened would have been a draw.
The movie was so predictable. It was as if the script writer was on a crusade against originality/creativity(I just imagined the dude rounding up his colleagues for a rally. On their placards would be written “let the sucker die” “no one loved him anyway” “originality should be hung” “kill him” “kill his brother too while you’re at it” etc).
That’s how bad it was. I mean there was a scene the dude went to the church and was like if his request was met, he would give to the lord whatever the lord desired. Oya which of you will tell me you don’t know what the lord will decide to desire in the movie. His daughter of course. Now do you see what I mean?? Infact at a point I got mildly irritated ’cause they were not even tasking my brain.
Got me wondering, where has all the originality gone?? Why do writers feel the need to constantly repeat what has already been done/written?? I mean I’m an avid novel reader. Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins and Agatha Christie are some of my favourite writers and I can say that not once have I been able to predict what will happen next when I’m reading their books. Agatha Christie is just the worst. To say I love her would be an understatement. So there, I don’t think being original is such hard work. Someone once said to me, “almost everything has been written already”. I told him there was a reason he used almost. We(writers) should be creative enough to write things that fall in that little percentage that has not been written. We should be bold enough to go on that journey that others didn’t want to. I mean the possibilities out there are vast. My writings are my pride. I’d probably put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger first before I copyright or steal ideas from anybody’s work.
Creativity and originality should please not be killed.