So - no words tonight (though I did write 400'ish words of the novel last night and a short story so not feeling too guilty) but I did finally get round to seeing "Stranger Than Fiction."
You've probably all heard of it but, if not, it's about a man who slowly realises that the strange voice he keeps hearing is a narrator's voice...and he's the main character in the book.
It's a fascinating film (more so if you're a writer) and I totally recommend you pop out to your local video/dvd shop and rent it.
Here's the Amazon link if you want to find out more:
As one of the reviews said "it's not perfect but it's close." The pace drags occasionally and there are a few moments when you think "hang on, would that character do/believe that?" but on the whole it's really very good. It's a quietly reflective film that makes you think...particularly about your characters.
At one point in the film, not giving anything away, the narrator gets upset when she thinks about how many people she's killed in her novels. I've killed two, but far, far more in my short stories. For example I've made:
- a child die of leukaemia
- an old lady die in a train crash
- a singer die of throat cancer
- a man commit suicide by hanging himself from his mother's bannister
and that's just off the top of my head.
So today's question is - how many people have you killed and how did you kill them?