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By aethucyn (Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 05:54:48 PM EST) (all tags)
WFC post-mortem within.

Gah did coming up with something for this WFC drive me crazy. I have four other beginnings prior to the one that I finally went with. As for the one I went with, I think in my random thoughts and searchings I came upon this entry in Wikipedia and couldn't quite believe that they'd skipped over what I doubt is the first road movie, but probably the major landmark of the breed, "It Happened One Night." So realizing that I probably wasn't going to make it onto the road at all, I thought an homage would be in order. Not a particularly deep piece, but I enjoyed writing it, which was not the case for any of my prior attempts. 

As for the critics.

Kellnerin: Her reading habits tend towards old translations of German philosophers. She spends no more than $1/book and thus has no copy more recent than 1971.

blixco: Yeah, the dialog isn't supposed to be natural but to emulate the patterns of the movie. However, I have known people with whom I talked to in almost exclusively in that manner. I suspect that like me, they were exposed to too many Katherine Hepburn movies as children.

ana: your encouragement of my cheating in no way robs me of the joy inherent in cheating.

Phage: Thanks

fleece: Thanks to you too.

bo: technicolor is probably the best compliment this could have received such that I'll look past the use of precious.

tf: agreed that the end was forced. As for the connection, yeah, it's all banter and no substance, but in my recent experiences, I'd say that the lack of banter is a more telling aspect to my dates and relationships, than substance details that would indicate a good match.

Scrymarch: Never heard of Goodbye Red Dragon Inn, so any lifting from the source is accidental. As for doughnuts, a friend of mine hearing what I was up to insisted I include a doughnut dunking scene, though as it was, I was almost done with it before she said so.

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the banter by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 06:07:38 PM EST
I didn't comment on it because I thought the idea was for it to mirror the Hollywood vision in which, naturally, they hit it off and embark on some zany adventure. For me it didn't detract, but made it a shade cleverer in that it makes the story the beginning of a Road Movie (thanks for intermittently getting TMBG stuck in my head, btw), rather than just being about some guy watching one.

I've found that on the WFC that on the surface seem like they'll be rich and full of possibility (cf. "Food") are the hardest for me to get a good concept for.

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

Banter by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 06:40:40 PM EST
It didn't seem out of place to me. Like you I guess I've watched too many movies.

Goodbye Red Dragon Inn has a lot of very long takes; yours was snappier.

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