Awareness of the outside world. Rotten Tomatoes: The Best Thanksgiving Movies.
Writer: Hello, Muse. Here we are. It’s that time again. [Creating A New Classic]
Muse: What time would that be?
Writer: Time to think about next year’s movie.
Writer: Yep. While everyone is burping turkey.
Muse: What is your first thought?
Writer: Any holiday lends itself to a repeating plot device. Thanksgiving meals over the years. Kids grow up. New spouses. Empty seats at the table. Same bat time. Same bat channel. See you next year.
Writer: It’s too predictable. Time passes. People change. Yeah, yeah. It’s just telling people what they already know.
Muse: The point of story-telling is to tell people what they already know.
Writer: Okay, so it’s telling people what they already know in an overly-obvious, uninspired manner. It’s also sad. Tempis fugit and all that. It’s too maudlin.
Muse: Stories are allowed to be be sad.
Writer: Point. The problem is that maudlin is easy to do; it is hard to do well. Plus, I’m not feeling it.
Muse: Focus on the individual?
Writer: Hmm. … follow one person … instead of one place … gives us possibilities for changes of scene … family one year, in-laws the next … friendsgiving one year … have to work over the holiday … comedy or drama … frame as flashback so you know the main character lives … we can introduce the historical dilemmas of the holiday without turning it into sermon …
(Sounds of rapid keyboard clicking.)
Muse: I’ll see myself out.
Muse: Happy Thanksgiving.
~~~ curtain ~~~
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