Write the book you want to read. Isn’t that what they say? In other words, write the book that no one else in the world can possibly make but you.
I might have done that by accident with this latest one.
FAB: Revolver. What is it? Well it’s a combination of stuff I like – The Beatles, time travel, the 1960s, science fiction (not the hard stuff, good God no), a few laughs, a bit of action and I hope, a good story. I didn’t deliberately set out to write the sort of book I’d love to read and it was only in retrospect that I realised what I’d done. I doubt anybody else would have come up with the material in this book, but then there a lot of authors out there who’d say the same thing about their work.
It just kind of turned out that way. Influences – I guess they jump into your story whether you like it or not. If it’s in your head, it’s in your book.
With that in mind, here’s a brief list of the ‘stuff’ that influenced FAB: Revolver.
(I’m excluding The Beatles because that’s a bit obvious.)
THE TERMINATOR (1984)
I’m definitely exploiting a love of certain 80s/90s action movies in the book. I was a child in the 1980s, a teenager in the 1990s – I was exposed to some good stuff. So why the hell not people?
There’s a clear Terminator vibe going on in FAB: Revolver. A futuristic cyborg goes back in time to kill someone and change history. Yes, I’ve pretty much stolen that premise and tossed it into a Beatles flavoured stew.
Hey, everybody steals a little, right?
And speaking of the 1990s.
Yep. It’s that Jean-Claude Van Damme movie that’s either terrible or brilliant depending on who you ask. Sure, this time-travelling adventure received mixed reviews but what’s not to like? Personally I think it’s a well-written story. It’s not just JCVD gets in a time machine and kicks some ass. Okay it’s exactly that, but I still cared about the characters.
Definitely one of JCVD’s better films in my opinion.
So what have I nicked here? Well, the Time Enforcement Commission I guess. In FAB: Revolver, I call them Time Travel Detectives, but it’s kind of the same idea – a police force designed to stop people committing crimes in the past. They don’t feature much in the book, but they do make one very important appearance close to the end…no spoilers here…
WESTWORLD (2016 – TV/1973 – Movie)
During one particular scene in the book, I was thinking about HBO’s impressive resurrection of Westworld. Without spoiling anything, I was trying to write ‘humanity’ into a machine and (no surprise if you’ve seen the TV show) this is the source that came to mind. Westworld is a fascinating, cerebral show that asks interesting questions of the viewer. Highly recommended if you haven’t seen it yet.
Having said that, FAB: Revolver is more akin to the spirit of the original movie, which starred Yul Brynner as the robot gone haywire. This is a great idea. A theme park with robots acting as entertainment fodder for the paying public. Then one of them goes crazy on the guests.
In comparison to the TV show, the movie is a bit more fun for fun’s sake. Something I’m all for.
And speaking of fun for fun’s sake. I hope that more than anything, that’s what FAB: Revolver is. In that sense I’m drawing on the spirit of Timeless – the recent TV show that saw a historian, soldier, and scientist jumping back in time, trying to protect history as we know it. The great thing about Timeless is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Amen to that. We don’t need to know the science behind every little thing and Timeless doesn’t give a hoot about the intricate details. Fun for fun’s sake, remember?
It’s interesting how many bits and pieces have come together to make a whole. In the case of FAB: Revolver, I was quite conscious of these influences but I was careful not to try and rip anything off (too much). I hope that by tossing The Beatles into the mix, I’ve made something fresh that stands on its own.
Time will tell.
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