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Monday, June 25, 2012

Writing Prod - Fantasy and Reality Collision

            Just a quick announcement before I move on to this week’s writing prod – I am headed off to the cool, green mountains of Colorado. And that means no posts from me until next Friday. Sorry.

            Did you know that this is my twelfth writing prod? Well, you do now because I just mentioned it. I can hardly believe that I’ve already done that many posts for this feature. Fortunately, I still have quite a few ideas on how to generate story ideas.
            I do make an effort to come up with catchy names for the prompts, but naming is not one of my authorial strong points. What I came up with for today’s prompt is: Fantasy and Reality Collision. Yeah, it’s lame. Feel free to suggest a better name for it.
            To do this you take a real person and introduce them into a fantasy setting or take a fictional character and place them into a real world scenario. It doesn’t have to be fantasy, any of the genre fiction categories will work. I picked fantasy because it clashes the most with reality and the strength and draw for this type of story is based on that incompatibility.
            As a matter of fact, they just released a movie that uses this principle:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I mean, really? Honest Abe. President by day and vampire hunter by night. (Or so I’m guessing by the title.) Doesn’t that catch your attention? Aren’t you interested in seeing how they put those two extremely different components together in a single, cohesive story?

Okay, here’s another one:

            Enchanted. A fairy-tale princess is transported to the real world and falls in love. This is a great movie that plays on the clash between what’s real and what isn’t. Not only that, but it has Amy Adams in it.
            The first example takes a real person and plops them into a fantastic setting. And the second example takes fantasy characters and sets them in the real world. They also work opposite sides of the entertainment spectrum with Abraham Lincoln covering the horror genre and Enchanted belting out some humorous, family, musical fun.  So the components that you mix will have a major impact on what sort of story you tell.
            Since I’ve already given two examples of actual entertainment properties I’m going to pass this week on creating one of my own. (Unless I get a lot of comments asking me to come up with some wacky story line using this prompt.)


  1. Where were you, here in Colorado, and was it smoke-free?

  2. We were in the South-West corner (Delores) and it was not only smoke-free, but absolutely beautiful. Everyone was complaining about the heat. I had to laugh at that. Coming from Phoenix it was fairly cool in comparison.