Ranking Loglines 16-20

I have to say, I am definitely happier writing sci-fi and fantasy loglines. I feel a little... guilty isn't quite the right word. You know that feeling you get when you haven't done anything wrong, but it's something that you've judged people for doing before, so you still feel bad? I feel like that. Not that I judge people for writing fantasy and sci-fi loglines. I think I'm just used to judging myself a little. Oh well.

There's also an element that doesn't feel like I'm trying as hard, but that's just because I'm not. It's easier to write stuff that you want to write, and that's not bad. So whatever. I'ma do my own thing. That'll be low-budget when it's low-budget, but if I really want to start writing low-budget stuff, I need to watch more.

As for the actual quality of this week's loglines, they feel a little cliche to me, but intellectually I know that's just because I'm aware of the fantasy and sci-fi tropes, and unaware of a lot of others. So even though these feel more cliche than others in the past, they're probably less so than before, because you can't avoid cliches you aren't aware of.

Logline 16The true heir of a great kingdom, content to live in quiet obscurity after his throne was stolen from him, seeks to reclaim his rightful place when the false king's tyranny presses the people too hard.
Logline 17In ancient China, a childless Kung Fu master bucks tradition by training a young girl - who upsets everyone even more by beating all challengers.
Logline 18The four survivors of an evil sorcerer's siege on a city are put under an enchantment forcing them to tell everyone the destruction they witnessed. However, they subvert their geas, and establish a resistance as they go.
Logline 19A young city watchman in a magical city is the only one who believes a convicted sorcerer's claims of innocence, and thus is the only one willing to continue investigating the murders he was accused of.
Logline 20When psychic police are somehow unable to predict and stop a number of political assassinations, their top operative is tasked with figuring out how the assassins are evading psychic detection.

Speaking of cliche, logline 16 is definitely the worst offender on that front. It has solid irony in the true king having to take the throne from a false king, and the mental picture is clear, but that just comes with the territory of overused tropes. They're overused because they're good.

Logline 17 avoids the cliche-ness that it would otherwise have by virtue of its setting. Also, while "Woman doing man things better than men" stories feel common, I think that's just because it's a common character. I'm having trouble thinking of too many stories with that trope as the center plotline. I'm probably wrong, though, it's probably common.

Logline 18 is, I think, pretty good. There's strong irony to the concept, and a clear mental picture. It doesn't even have to be big budget... but if I wrote it, it would be. This is probably what I'd pick to make a treatment out of it I didn't like 20 so much (Spoilers!).

Logline 19 is a lot like 17, in that it's a common trope transplanted into an unusual setting - in this case, a standard police thriller put in a medieval fantasy world. Irony isn't great, but I don't think it's terrible - cops are normally working to put people behind bars, not to get them out - but the mental picture is good enough to make up for that.

Logline 20 is, like I said, my favorite, probably because it got a lot more work than any of the others. This is an idea I've been tossing around in my head for a while now, and only recently decided to actually stick it down on paper. There's plenty of inherent irony in a group whose strength is knowledge not knowing something, and even worse, needing to figure out how to figure things out. The irony alone, I think, gives a strong mental picture. I'm looking forward to writing this one.

 - Teddy