Dispatches from underneath a story draft

  1. Have urge to write complete and total soap opera, with concealed past marriages, secret sons, and people turning out to be other people's kids from torrid secret affairs. Plus swordfights. Perhaps secret ones. Also, torrid.
  2. But am actually solving the puzzle of the pollfics for Monday. Some of you secretly requested the same story, you see.
  3. Which reminds me that if you haven't filled out the ficspam poll and wish to, you have maybe a day before I probably won't be able to come up with an idea. 22 34 of you have responded thus far! Eek.
  4. Am still in pajamas, but have done laundry. Go me!
  5. Have urge to write a wild long plotty BtVS-Whoverse crossover. Set either in Giles's youth or in S4, or possibly both with lashings of timetravel. Fourth Doctor, I suspect, but I haven't seen enough of him to have a voice for him yet, so bah. I am incapable of writing this for now.
  6. It is now past Thanksgiving, so I can legally wear my Yule BPAL, such as Gingerbread Poppet, Lick It Baby One More Time (Escalator of Life mix), Mistletoe, and Egg Nog.
  7. Have urges to write Giles/Jenny and Giles/Tara. In fact have Giles/Tara plot idea. But I have committed to finishing "Readings" (the Tarot story) first.
  • Current Music: Temptation : New Order : Substance
1. What's wrong with a little soap opera? The reason soaps are so popular and long-running is that they appeal to something universal: the urge to gossip and be shocked. The problem with the tv shows is that they don't have any time to work on them and hence fall prey to the worst kind of cliche'd melodrama. But if you actually, y'know, put in the time to write it well and polish it, it can be great fun.

5. Yay Whoverse! We like Whoverse. And if you wait to write it until you get a better 4th Doctor voice, you will have time to finish up some of your WIPs first.
1. Okay, then! I am encouraged. Wildly improbable yet oddly satisfying story germs being typed into my frightening plot ideas file. Willow is Giles's daughter in secret! Giles was married and has a child even he didn't know about! Buffy has a twin! Xander is a Slayer! Oz is a werewolf! Wait...

5. Yes, I believe I'll kick this one around for a while in my head first, while I watch various Doctors. Or I'll write 500 words of amusing setup for such a story and post it Monday. *coughs discreetly*
If you look through the great literature of history, a surprising amount of it has tendencies towards the soap-opera end of things.

Take the Bhagavad Gita--I'm sure you've heard of it, it's one of the great works of Hindu philosophy. What you might not know is that it is but one section of the Mahabharata epic, which is about a family at least as weird and messed-up as anything you find in soap operas today. At one point, five brothers marry the same woman. There are exiles, humiliations, people being gambled away into servitude, dynasties rising and falling--I mean, really, the whole thing is a soap opera in 90,000+ verses.

Homer. Wife runs off with handsome young guy, causes feud which lasts a long time and involves everyone in creation. When one of the soldiers returns home afterwards, there is mistaken identity, intrigue, and sex scandals.

Shakespeare. I mean, just think about it. Intrigue, sex scandals, mistaken identity, suicide, murder, feuds, all manner of weird stuff.

Opera (the real kind, not the soap kind). Do I have to go on?

The difference between those and tv soap operas is that tv soap operas are churned out an episode every day except holidays.