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Post by Niteshade007 » Tue May 26, 2009 8:34 pm

Jane Poirot wrote:Personally, I think some feminists get a bit carried away when trying to stick up for women's rights. Like the ones who claim Shakespeare was sexist because of The Taming of the Shrew . :roll:
I can sometimes see the argument. You have a woman completely opposed to the idea of marriage and being forced to marry a man she has no feelings for. Eventually he breaks her spirit and they fall in love. The love part is nice, and the fact that she's not a total b*tch is a plus, but ultimately you have a man taking a woman and changing her "for the better," but only so her sister can get married. Add on the whole thing at the end where men call on their lives to see who comes. I think people do that with dogs too, if I'm not mistaken.

I'm not saying Shakespeare is a sexist. To be fair, I'm almost certain the play itself isn't his idea, just a play he's expanded on or rewritten. I think he made some strong female characters, and he's made some pretty weak ones. In the end, however, he was a product of his time. Progressive attitudes are important, but can you really hold it against someone if they don't possess those attitudes in a time when no one did?

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Post by MissScarletDidntDoIt » Wed May 27, 2009 6:40 pm

What is the best way to end a dramatic love story?
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Post by cacums » Wed May 27, 2009 6:48 pm

1.) Marriage (kinda crappy, but most are like that)

2.) One dies (kinda sad, but some are like that)

3.) They both die (kinda blunt to end a story, but few are like that)

4.) A secret fiancé comes in the picture (kinda disappointing, but rarely happens... at least to my knowledge of love stories... which I'm keen on... but not keen enough)
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Post by MissScarletDidntDoIt » Wed May 27, 2009 6:49 pm

If one were to die, what if the other killed them?
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Post by cacums » Wed May 27, 2009 6:49 pm

See #4 :wink:

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Post by MissScarletDidntDoIt » Wed May 27, 2009 6:52 pm

No, I mean because the love/hate was too powerful... ?
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Post by Jane Poirot » Wed May 27, 2009 7:14 pm

Probably Romeo and Juliet style, except the Juliet characters poisons the Romeo character and then stabs herself, or vice versa.
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Post by go_leafs_nation » Fri May 29, 2009 8:01 am

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The two women exchanged the kind of glance women use when no knife is handy.
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Post by Jane Poirot » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:05 pm

As an author (well, not an on-the-shelves author, but still), I do respect my fans, but some fans' interpretations of my stories can be a little...odd. I wonder if JK Rowling feels this way whenever she stumbles across a Harry Potter fanfic where Draco Malfoy is portrayed as someone who is "misunderstood"?
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Post by go_leafs_nation » Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:23 am

go_leafs_nation wrote:Funny how the most random things can prove to be inspiring. I was trying to pick out a book to read on my 3 hours on the bus today, when my eye caught sight of one of my favourite Agatha Christies. Long story short, I think I've found what I was looking for for my story...
In case anyone is wondering what I was talking about, I caught sight of Christie's Hallowe'en Party, which proved to be a major source of inspiration for Mexico City.
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Post by go_leafs_nation » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:48 am

I'm wondering right now for the Clue TV series written on the forums, what length consitutes a "normal" episode, a long one, and a shorter one... Particularly in a season done like, say, cacums' Clue Account.
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Post by cacums » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:00 am

I'm having a bit of a problem of where to turn:

Should I just kill the **** coach now or drag out the pain of blackmailing?

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Post by Adam106 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:05 am

Briefly mention the blackmailing. Don't go into full-blown, forever detail (unless you want to). Then, kill of the coach.

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Post by go_leafs_nation » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:24 am

I find that the whole "pain of blackmailing" thing is always essentially identical, no matter WHAT X is being blackmailed for, so it's best to just skim the top. Unless extending it will help the story, I'd avoid it.
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Post by cacums » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:30 am

Ok thanks :)

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Post by cacums » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:57 pm

I didn't want it to sound too cheesy but:

S04E02 stared

The morning sun shines boringly on this special, eventful day… only the people that will be taking part in this day don’t realize the things that will happen…

And

S04E04 ends

The nighttime moon shines boringly on this special, eventful night… only the people that have taken part during that day hadn’t realized the things that were to happen… until it was too late……

Does that sound too forced?

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Post by go_leafs_nation » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:42 pm

Writer's block can be a living h*ll, but a flow of spontaneous creativity is like heaven...

As for your question cacums, I'd write it differently, but it works.
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Post by cacums » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:01 pm

How so?

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Post by go_leafs_nation » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:03 pm

I mean it works, but were I writing your mystery series, I'm certain I wouldn't end that way.
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Post by PeachFreak » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:10 pm

I've been scribbling down stories in my notebook since my injured wrists prevent me from typing heavily right now.


Anyway, a question anyone can answer:

So, I have a mystery/ horror/ crime story I'm working on. I guess it's very giallo. Anyways, I need a large portion of the main cast bumped off by the mysterious serial killer stalking Rome. However, the killer starts by imitating unsolved murder, killing people with the same name. (Original victim- Casey Adami. New killer's first victim- Kevin Cowell (His initials being KC= Casey) Now...is it worse for the main characters to have conveniant names, or to simply have the killer give up on the imitation? The problem lies in that the killer is very insistant on copying the previous murders, down to the very last detail of each homicide.
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