REVIEW: Russell's Reviews, Volume One # 4
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Sun Jan 27 15:05:26 PST 2008
On Saturday 26 Jan 2008 Tom Russell
> THROWING DOWN THE "GAULNAUT" DEPARTMENT
> Rather, what this challenge entails is the writing
> of a Modified Idiot Plot. The modification? Make it
> good. Write a good story that turns on characters
> acting like idiots.
Hmmm. I can think of at least further two variations
on a Modified Idiot Plot idea, but they both rely on
people knowing that they're acting like idiots and
doing so deliberately for specific goals.
The first relies on the protagonist(s) deliberately
walking into some sort of trap/dangerous situation,
and going through the motions of doing stupid
things in order to lure their opponents into a false
sense of security.
The second is highly specialised, and involves
characters who know that they are fictional doing
something stupid because it's part of the genre
conventions and almost certainly the best way to
advance their agenda.
The question then becomes: does your challenge only
involve people who are being genuinely stupid?, or
people who are smart enough to use stupid actions
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