In an interview recently, science fiction writer Liu Cixin said that the current tendency of domestic science fiction film and television to emphasize special effects and neglect scripts is putting the cart before the horse.At present, most of the domestic science fiction films are adapted from IP, lacking original scripts and professional screenwriters familiar with science fiction.
In an exclusive interview with a reporter from Xinhua News Agency recently, Liu Cixin said that science fiction blurs the borders of nationalities and is the type of literature that can most resonate with readers from different countries and cultural backgrounds. Nowadays, quite a lot of Chinese science fiction works have been translated into English, Japanese and other languages and disseminated overseas. The world knows much more about Chinese science fiction than before.
But whether it is science fiction literature or film and television, the most important thing at the moment is to strengthen the creation of original science fiction content. Chinese science fiction should step up its overall creative level and show more excellent works to the world. Science fiction is closely related to technological development and the development of the times. You must show the issues of common concern to all mankind in science fiction, not just the issues of concern to your own nation and country.
Regarding the development of domestic science fiction film and television, Liu Cixin said that in addition to creating more influential science fiction literature IP, it needs to be further strengthened in creativity. Liu Cixin said that science fiction film and television is a creative-intensive project. Part of the creativity comes from the special effects production of the movie itself, and the other part comes from the story told by the movie.
Liu Cixin believes that domestic science fiction films and televisions tend to emphasize special effects and neglect scripts. This is turning the cart before the horse. “A really good story can be successful even without first-class special effects.” “Compared with science fiction writers, science fiction screenwriters are more scarce. Therefore, most of the current domestic sci-fi movies are based on IP and lack of original scripts, precisely because of the lack of professional screenwriters familiar with sci-fi.”