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Runaway Plot-line

The kids have parent teacher conferences coming up this month which also means that the school's are having their annual book fairs. Yesterday the munckins brought home the mini-catalog with some of the more popular books (and prices) displayed inside. I perused through it and found this little gem of literary genius.

*crickets chirping*

That's right--they forgot to talk about the rabid llamas.

I guess you write whatever you can when you're trying to get kids to read. Perhaps it's an exciting book for a little person but that description is lacking. It makes me think of a movie Ralexwin and I saw once (can't remember the name) about a cruise ship that's hit by a wave and flips over.
The captain of the boat announces that they've become the victims of a 'rogue wave' and goes on to explain that rogue waves are fast, deadly and virtually undetectable.

At this point in the movie we both started laughing.

I can imagine the writing style:

"I want to make a movie about a ship that flips over in the middle of the ocean."

"Hmm, that sounds interesting, but what are you going to do to make it flip over. I mean, ships don't just do that."

"What about some sort of wave?"

"I don't know of any waves that go around flipping over boats on calm water."

"It could be a rogue wave."

"Oooh, that's a good idea. I can see it now... fast, deadly, and virtually undetectable."

"Yeah, that's good. Quick write it down."

The same goes for this book.

"Son, I was thinking about writing a book."

"You were!?"

"Yep, but I wanted you to help me out a little bit since I can't come up with anything. What do you like."

"Well... I like dinosaur's."

"Let me grab my pen. Okay, go on."

"And I like monkeys."

"Okay, okay."

"And I like the ocean."

. . . . . .

I can come up with plot lines like that too!

Cannwin's latest book is destined for greatness.
Come with us as we enter a world of killer baby blankets,
poisoned pacifiers, razor sharp leaves and acid rain.

*dusts off hands*

And you thought writing was hard.
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Kim Ayres said…
Dreams too, often inspire book plots. Remember Mary Shelley and Frankenstein?

I nearly had one of those myself once :)
Cari Hislop said…
That child's book should have a warning..."May harm your child's IQ!" Why do some grownups think children want stories that make no sense? I suspect these same adults have no memory prior to their seventh year!!! Bless them.

As for Rogue waves...there is such a thing. I was reading about it a few weeks ago. Apparently sailors have been telling about these forever, but scientists didn't believe them because they're scientists and they're right because they know the facts and until they say otherwise it can't now the scientists have proof that these waves do occur they're working on a way of detecting where they happen the most and why so the ships can avoid them...isn't that nice of them?

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