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rushking
July 26th, 2007, 01:33 AM
Tell me whether you think this idea is cool or gay. Basically I want to write a fantasy version of the Godfather. A lone hero fighting an evil mob boss/magician who enslaves a city with sex, drug and gambling. There will be fight scene in casinos, brothels and gladiatorial arenas. Rate this idea with 1 = poor to 5 = excellent.

Eventine
July 26th, 2007, 02:37 AM
I assume by gay you mean happy, right?

I also assume you haven't read The Lies of Locke Lamora.

lin
July 26th, 2007, 03:11 AM
I think by gay he means lame.

Your other assumption might mean something to him, or might not. Maybe you could amplify a little?

It's a cute idea, actually. And like most such ideas, you can either pull it off or not. Instead of Godfather, you might consider Guys and Dolls.

Or even Bugsy Siegel, where superior weaponry is the swing of the plot. (And in the remake, the child gangsters fight it out with pies) And who was that sleazy saloon singer? Why the pre-pubescent Jodi Foster.

Eventine
July 26th, 2007, 04:06 AM
Sorry - that was me being snarky. I was fully aware that by saying gay he meant lame, however it was my overly-subtle way of pointing out it might be offensive.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is a fantasy novel with gangsters, drugs, gambling (can't remember if there's sex) and at least one fight scene in a gladiatorial arena. The follow up has a casino. Get where I'm going with this?

Arash
July 26th, 2007, 07:46 AM
Sorry - that was me being snarky. I was fully aware that by saying gay he meant lame, however it was my overly-subtle way of pointing out it might be offensive.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is a fantasy novel with gangsters, drugs, gambling (can't remember if there's sex) and at least one fight scene in a gladiatorial arena. The follow up has a casino. Get where I'm going with this?

Scott Lynch stole Rushking's idea! The bastard!

lin
July 26th, 2007, 10:05 AM
however it was my overly-subtle way of pointing out it might be offensive.

Interesting. I had wondered if anybody found this usage offensive. (I personally just consider it annoying and stupid) It's gotten pretty wide usage.

What will be interesting is to see which usage "wins out" in the long run. I mean calling homosexuals "gay" was also a pretty arbitrary thing and I always thought it was a lame tag to pick up.

So in two years will this be a fad that's over, or will the queer press and such have dropped the "gay" thing entirely?

columbob
July 26th, 2007, 10:09 AM
I don't think it's just a fad. References to "gays and lesbians" are pretty well established and have been for ages. Gays for boys, lesbians for girls.
I've also heard the term gay being used instead of lame (usually by teenagers) for well over 10 years now, so I doubt that's a passing fad either.

lin
July 26th, 2007, 10:14 AM
Ten years? Are you sure?

I don't think anybody would suggest that the use of "gay and lesbian" is a short term fad. But I see a lot more people using "queer" lately.

Actually I think the gay=lame thing will blow over. I just like to speculate on words changing their referents.

KatG
July 26th, 2007, 10:56 AM
Tell me whether you think this idea is cool or gay. Basically I want to write a fantasy version of the Godfather. A lone hero fighting an evil mob boss/magician who enslaves a city with sex, drug and gambling. There will be fight scene in casinos, brothels and gladiatorial arenas. Rate this idea with 1 = poor to 5 = excellent.

Well, that isn't the story of the Godfather. If you're remaking the Godfather, then you would be telling the story of a son from a criminal family who was going on the straight and narrow, but then is drawn back into his family's business to protect them and ends up becoming the new head of the crime syndicate and not really a hero. Which could be very interesting.

As for a guy or gal going up against the Mob in a fantasy story, we do have lots of those. In the imaginary realm area, there is Lynch's work, which is the latest in underworld stories. There is also Mieville's Presidio St. Station. With a bit more of a satirical knack to it in an imaginary realm, there is Glen Cook's Garrett P.I. series and you could also say that his more famous Black Company series is sort of in the same line, though there it's despotic, powerful rulers rather than crime syndicates.

In supernatural and contemporary fantasy stories, the magical Mob is fairly common. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files isn't a bad recent one to check out, but there are many others. You also might want to try and rent some episodes of the television series "Angel," the spin-off from Buffy, particularly the episode in which Angel, an ensouled vampire, gets taken prisoner to fight in gladiatorial demon games for a crime organization.

That the wands for guns, or more often wands and guns, approach has been used before should not discourage you. If you are doing something interesting with characters and situation, it may do very well. Essentially, we can't rate it for you unless you write it and we read it. You will have to decide how interested you are in the concept.

Arinth
July 26th, 2007, 12:45 PM
The idea doesn't grab my attention and make me want to read it, but again as it has been said, its all in the execution. You can turn a bad plot into a decent story, or you can ruin a brillant plot with bad execution. I say give it a try though. With all the similarities to Lynch's books that the other posters have mentioned, you may want to read through that too.


As to the gay=lame fad going out, I'm not to convinced that it will. There are lots of phrases that do spring up and die with a generation, but then there are some words which have survived for awhile now. How long has cool been around? Do you see that word dying anytime soon?