It was the golden era of horror films, wasn’t it?
In the 1980s, teen horror films — slasher films — were insanely popular. We had the Friday 13th franchise with our mate Jason. We had the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with our other mate, Freddie Kruger. We had a return to more classic horrors with Child’s Play and its (adorable?) doll protagonist Chucky.
Every one of these movies plays on the same kind of trope.
The protagonist is usually driven by revenge. They are almost impossible to kill. When you think they’re killed, you’ll learn they’re Not Quite Dead Yet.
Their skills are incredible. They can kill a grownup (or a teenager) in a spectacular fashion, and then dispose of them without leaving a trail of evidence. They can disappear at a moment’s notice. Hell, Freddie will get you when you’re asleep!
Your demented serial killer usually has an excuse (he had a crap childhood); he probably isn’t all bad (he pats dogs and cats, and animals always survive); he might even have a nice, if twisted sense of humour.
And as for the teenagers?
Each one is killed after indulging in a vice.
The first one, usually a woman, usually because she’s got a sexual appetite. (And probably a strong, f*** you attitude.) One will drink. One is probably a pot‐smoker. You know the drill.
The last person left is always the Final Girl. She will survive, only to do battle with him again in the next movie.
If this hasn’t already made you want to go and re‐watch the original Nightmare on Elm Street series, then here’s how your publishing activity is probably just like them:
- You will have an excuse (for either not publishing, publishing intermittently, or doing what everyone else does, or not having rules, or [insert reason here])
- Your publishing isn’t all bad: You have moments where you absolutely shine and people just love what you do.
- Your business isn’t all bad. You just don’t know where to start, or, once started, how to keep going. You’ve got great ideas, but just can’t execute on them.
- You have a sense of humour, but likely believe it’s inappropriate to use in a work context
- You have vices. The vices kill your effectiveness: Perfectionism, a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude, avoidance of too many rules, a love for video even though you suck at it or look bad on camera.
But if you’re still standing, you’ll do battle again.
The simplest way to get yourself out of an infinite loop of episodes, each one more desperate than the last, is to work with a team of pros. (We’ve seen it all).
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