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Crash

April 5, 2006

Many creative writing teachers will tell you that a story should start with a bang! But I’ve recently noticed that many of my favourite stories start with a crash!

Twelfth Night – Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked on the coast of Ilyria

Gulliver’s Travels – Lemuel Gulliver is shipwrecked on the coast of Lilliput

The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy Gale’s house crash lands in Munchkinland

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World – “Smiler” Grogan crashes his car in the Californian desert

Planet of the Apes – Commander Taylor’s spacecraft crash lands on an “Earth-like” planet

Lost Horizon – A plane crashes in the Himalayas, and the survivors are taken to Shangri-la

The Abyss – The USS Montana, a nuclear submarine, crashes into a canyon wall in the Cayman Trench

The War of the Worlds – A Martian Cylinder crash-lands in Horsell Common, England

The Thing – An alien spaceship crashes in Antarctica

The Blob – A meteorite crashes in the woods near a small town

The Iron Giant – An alien robot splashes down off the coast of Rockwell, Maine

Lost in Space – The spaceship Jupiter 2 is thrown off course and crash lands on an unknown planet

Pitch Black – The spaceship Hunter-Gratzner crash lands on a desert planet

Final Destination, Final Destination 2, and Final Destination 3 – A plane crash/car crash/rollercoaster crash is foreseen by a psychic teenager

Superman – Kal-El’s Kryptonian cradle-ship crash lands in Kansas

Green Lantern – Abin Sur, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, crash lands in the Sierra Madres mountain range.

The Island of Dr. Moreau – Edward Prendick is shipwrecked on a tropical island

The Most Dangerous Game – Sanger Rainsford is shipwrecked on a tropical island

Gilligan’s Island – The SS Minow is shipwrecked on a tropical island

Lost – Oceanic Airlines flight 815 crashes on a tropical island

Cast Away – A Fed-Ex executive survives a plane crash and washes ashore a tropical island



So, here’s my advice to all you aspiring writers — start your story with a crash!