A few nights ago, Ian and I rented Dreamcatcher, based on Stephen King’s 2001 novel.
Now this post isn’t about the movie (which was, for the most part, well done), but rather about what happened after the credits rolled and we skimmed through the special features.
Those of us who are DVD junkies know all-too well of the possible treasure chest of goodies that await to defer those ATC (After The Credits) blues. In today’s world of movie-viewing, it is common–even expected–to find all sorts of extras accompanying a disc, things like deleted scenes, production notes, maybe even an alternative ending or two.
In the case of Dreamcatcher, we were able to watch the movie’s original ending, and it was quite clear why the original ending didn’t work. Which got me thinking: If it didn’t work, then why bother showing it?
Then–and I think you all know where I’m going with this–I began to wonder what if writers did this? What if as part of the reader’s guides at the end of novels, authors revealed their original plans for their characters, their original synopsis, even deleted scenes? Would you want to know as a reader? Sure, maybe as a fellow writer, but as a reader? Really?
The future of e-publishing promises all sorts of extras with every book. Maybe this feature will be one, as deleted scenes and alternative endings are now commonplace on DVDs.
So what do you think? As a writer, would you want to share the evolution of your work?
As a reader, would you want to read scenes or even whole summaries of early drafts?