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one of my screenwriting books says that there are no more original… - Speak Friend and Enter
Grammar and Lord of the Rings
one of my screenwriting books says that there are no more original stories, just variations on ones established long ago and repeated endlessly. well, "Pearl Harbor" proves this to be true by using a slight variation on maybe the most common story ever - boy meets girl.

Boy meets girl.
Boy and girl fall in love.
Boy goes to fight war.
Boy dies in war.
Girl meets second boy.
Girl and second boy fall in love.
First boy returns.
First boy and second boy are both in love with girl.
First boy and second boy go to fight war.
Second boy dies.
First boy returns.
Girl and first boy live Happily Ever After ©

now my version would have ended like:

Girl has nervous breakdown from losing 2 loves in war.

Damn am I glad i didn't pay to see this movie.
2 pity screws or Do me
From: adriftwithin Date: April 13th, 2003 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
     How'd the first one return if he died in war?

     I sometimes get ideas for plots for stories, but coming up with the substance to make them 90-120 minutes of movie (or a hundred pages or so of book) is where my problem arises.
suffocated From: suffocated Date: April 13th, 2003 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)


he was thought to have died in war, he was just MIA and since its the movie, he miraculously showed up something like 5 months later completely fine.
2 pity screws or Do me