Here's a fresh thread in which to kick around story ideas, comment on stories already underway, etc. etc.
October 5th, 2003, 05:21 AM
Er... Jacquin... I really want to write a Chaucer tale... but... I've never read him...
Hey, I'm a genre writer... those literary snobs turn their pointy little noses up at genre, why can't I do the same to great literary works... it's only fair.
Can you give me a few hints?
October 5th, 2003, 05:40 AM
Holbrook puts on English Li hat and coughs....
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England). The pilgrims, who come from all layers of society, tell stories to each other to kill time while they travel to Canterbury.
If we trust the General Prologue, Chaucer intended that each pilgrim should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way back. He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales. As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts.
Some of the pilgrims:
Knight, Miller, Reeve, Cook, Friar, Man of Law, Wife of Bath,(married goodness how many times) Merchant etc....
Does that help Sheepie...
October 5th, 2003, 06:56 AM
My basic idea was to create a modern version of Chaucers work. The thought was that we could pick a character and then write a story as if we were them. It doesn't have to be a chaucerian one, any character that has a historical feel is fine. Importanntly it doesn't have to be about them, just a story they would tell...
So if you want to write a story as if you were a knight then that is good, if you want to write one as if you were a fishmonger then that works too. As long as you start off telling us who you are and why you are telling this story then it is ok. I am currently working on rewriting one of the original tales from a slightly diferent point of view.
Basically I thought of it as an exercise to write in a different style to that which we normally use annd to be able to experiment with different povs and such.
Hope this helps
October 5th, 2003, 07:22 AM
Yes, m'lords. Thank you, m'lords. Please excuse my ignorance m'lords. Had a bit of trouble wif me booklearnin and such but I reckon I can do that, jus fine.
I don't suppose a Knight who says Ni is terribly historical an all tho, huh?
October 5th, 2003, 07:28 AM
No but perhaps a story about a peasant who threw mud at the king could be...
October 5th, 2003, 07:42 AM
... any shrubbery in that story?
October 7th, 2003, 01:01 PM
I really want to write a story where something big gets blow up - I think it's just a phase...
October 7th, 2003, 01:31 PM
Then might I suggest the Anthology of Evil Tales by Various Authors thread? Currently we are waiting to see what "Dysil the undertaker" is doing in or near a sausage factory. You can certainly work through your phase with that! Big places, sausage factories...
October 8th, 2003, 06:42 PM
Very messy when they explode too... I've heard of it raining frogs and fish and cats and dogs... but never offal.