When you’re really really up there’s no place to go but, well..just a little bit down.
Especially after reading the actual book of (Lionel Shriver’s) We Need to Talk About Kevin. I can stand the kid taking out half his highschool class. I don’t like his latte-snob mum or moronically optimistic dad but, you know, takes all sorts. The whole evil child conundrum has got me staying awake nights. But what REALLY gets me is the death of the sweet little kid sister and her exotic guinea-piggy thing. If they’d survived, I think I could have handled everything else. I’m just not equipped to deal with real life, especially in fiction. I DEMAND a happy ending!
How about we re-write some of these depressing stories (kind of like Pride and Prejudice and Vampires – say, Romeo and Juliet and their Golden Wedding Anniversary Photos). So we can all REALLY look forward to:
- Les Miserables Cheer Up (Fantine marries the law student and keeps the baby and her teeth)
- Jude the Obscure and the Time Machine (in which he and the family travel to the 21st century where no one cares about cohabitation)
- The English Patient and the Art of Helicopter Maintenance (he fixes the plane, loads up the girlfriend, and heads off to Mexico to sit out the war)
Any other suggestions for improving the fictional world?? Or am I missing the point.
Talking of which – the following is the equivalent of a guy sitting outside the supermarket with a ‘Will Work for Food?’ sign.
Only MY sign says
(throwaway remarks will also be accepted gracefully)
So here’s the offer. Like many of you, I’m writing the Great 21st Century Novel. I could really use some feedback on my stuff – but don’t dare ask anyone who knows where I live. In return, I can offer to provide feedback on YOUR Great 21st Century Novel (and I can also offer some editing and proofreading, which just happens to be stuff I do for ‘real’ work).
So if anyone’s interested in a Draft-Swap, write to me at email@example.com and maybe we can work something out!