51 – Good and Bad Beginnings

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss what a good beginning should accomplish. They analyze their favorite and least favorite openings, and describe different opening techniques. Mike raves about military scifi, Chris rants about unnecessary framing devices, and Oren actually defends something from criticism.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Star Wars Title Crawl


Establishing and Transitioning Atmosphere

Game of Thrones Opening

Starship Troopers (Book) vs Starship Troopers (Movie)

Sisko Backstory

Encounter at Farpoint


12 Monkeys

The Keys to a Great Opening Scene

Consider Phlebas

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Hellboy and Hellboy II

The Fifth Element

Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades


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  1. Claire

    Regarding the different openings for the Starship Troopers book and movies, the director of the movie was Paul Verhoeven, a dutch man who was a child during WWII.

    In interviews, Verhoeven said he tried reading the book but could not get past the first few chapters without becoming bored and depressed. So rather then play the story seriously, he decided to completely flip it into a satire of fascism and play on some of his own personal experiences from his childhood

    • Mike Hernandez

      I had not heard that particular story, that Verhoeven found it too boring to read.

      “We want you to turn this well known book into a movie!”
      “But the book is terrible! Fine, I’ll make you’re movie, but I will mock and subvert the source material at every turn.”

      Hilarious, thanks for sharing!

  2. Oren Ashkenazi

    I knew I remembered that from somewhere!

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