Sunday, May 17, 2009

To Boldly Go...

Today I went to see the new Star Trek film to see what the buzz was all about. I am not typically a fan of prequels but this was, I think, done exceptionally well. I remember following the original TV series as a child, always enthralled with the adventure as they would go “where no one has gone before”.

The series literally begins with the extraordinary circumstances surrounding James Tiberius Kirk’s birth. The USS Kelvin, the ship Kirk’s father serves on, investigates a lightening storm in space only to find it is an emerging black hole. A massive ship emerges and the Kelvin finds itself cast into an alternative timeline and under attack from this colossal ship. The ship’s captain has transported to the alien ship leaving Kirk’s father to captain his ship. It quickly becomes apparent the only hope for survival they have is to evacuate the ship. The auto pilot is destroyed and Captain Kirk senior must stay aboard the ship to allow the 800 passengers and crew the ability to escape. It is a suicide mission, which he realizes, but Star Fleet is always looking out for the greater good. Seconds before impact the baby is born, Captain Kirk senior and his wife decide to name the baby Jim after her father with a middle name of Tiberius after his father. Kaboom! In the 15 minutes he captained the ship, he literally saved the lives of 800 people - pretty big footsteps for a baby to follow in.

The film does a fabulous job of filling in the details of the back story of each of the regular characters from the show making a very entertaining storyline of how they met the circumstances of how they were assigned to the USS Enterprise and completion of the alternate history story line to bring things up to the original series.

Star Trek has produced many sequels in virtually every form of media there is – spin off TV series, movies, books and tons of promotional items (from action figures to lunchboxes to plush tribbles).

One thing I find intriguing from the Star Trek phenomenon is the number of people that have authored the books for Simon and Schuster. They have an entire set of submission guidelines pertaining specifically to Star Trek books. Amazing.

Are there other book series that encourage a range of authors to pen their tales? It struck me as a unique concept, but perhaps there are others out there. I have not followed the series (books or TV) but wonder if these authors use the same voice or if there are obvious differences. I know there are a lot of fan fiction stories out there for various other series, but I couldn’t think of other series that published multiple authors for profit with the same series such as this. Hmmmmm….
Just a thought...
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Helen Ginger said...

What I liked about the new Star Trek movie was that it had something in it to satisfy just about everyone, from die hard Trekkies to newbies.

Straight From Hel

N A Sharpe said...

I agree! I think it was very well done. While you can probably never please everyone, I think they did an excellent job with this. Very entertaining!

Thanks for stopping by Helne!


Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm anxious to see this Star Trek adventure as soon as I can squeeze it in. As far as multiple authors contributing to a series, I'm thinking something like that was done with the Nancy Drew books at some point.


Alexis Grant said...

Wow. I knew Star Trek was a phenomenon, but not to this level. I'll have to check it out!

Anonymous said...

I gotta see the movie. I'm no trekkie but I have enjoyed a lot of the movies and a couple versions of the TV show series'. And I'm hering from all over the place this new movie is way cool. Thanks for YOUR opinion. :)

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Patricia,

Over on Facebook where I have the blog networked I have gotten a couple comments about books that have multiple authors in the series (Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys included) I had no idea...learn something new every day, I guess. Cool concept.

Star Trek is humongous! I believe I read somewhere it is the TV show with the most spinoffs (each has a fandom of their own) there have been multiple films, a TON of books, and merchandising in every form imaginable. The whole thing kind of took on a life of its own.

The way they did this movie, I don't think you need to be a Trekkie - a lot of these types of films are written for the true fan but this they tried to address to those who do not follow the show yet keep it according to all things inthe Trekosphere for the die hard fans. Not an easy task to undertake.

Thanks for stopping by!


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I have a writing friend who writes for Scholastic books (children). She does Hello Kitty stories, Strawberry Shortcake stories, etc (licensed character stories.) I think they have a real list of guidelines to follow.

Thanks for the post!


N A Sharpe said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Wow, I had no idea this was such a common thing! I love the concept
Thanks for stopping by!


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