2013-08-09-elysium_external_space_station-533x219Well, yesterday was my day off, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hung out with friends, read, and watched a movie. I finally saw Elysium last night, and it wasn’t a bad movie, though it wasn’t really a good movie either. It had a mix of strong and weak characters, and a fair interweaving of three clear plot lines. Overall, the movie was relatively enjoyable, and it did make me thing, but it had some major flaws. They tried to make one character (Frey) a primary character without actually giving her many lines or any real reason to be there (though there was an obvious purpose). The primary antagonists (Kruger and his soldiers) also didn’t really have a clear reason to do most of the things they did. Philosophically the movie was clearly spawned out of the Occupy movement, but it suffered from the same major flaw as the movement. While the general message (You should share) is clear and fairly well-presented, there is no clear structure of argument or reasoning underlying that message. Overall, much like the occupy movement, it feels like a five year old yelling a very good maxim without understanding why the maxim is good. I can’t say that this was a good foundation for the movement or for the movie, and I think it’s one of the primary reasons that both failed. Anyway, it’s time for another scene challenge so if you can’t remember the rules, here you go: I provide you with specific rules for how to write a particular scene.  Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction.  If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then I don’t want to see a scene about a drunken monkey in a tutu…it just doesn’t fit.  If I do give you a line about a drunken monkey in a tutu, then you should probably try for a funny scene.

Your rules: You task this week is to write a scene of at least 300 words that is all one sentence. If you’ve been following the blog then you’ve seen this challenge before. Remember to make sure that the scene is grammatically correct, and that it flows well. Again, you might want to give it to a grammar nazi after you finish to make sure that your grammar is solid. Your cue: “There was a loud knock…”


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