It was quite a challenge, but I finally found a goal for my antagonist I’m happy with. And even better, I didn’t have to change that much in the outline. Sure, the opening scene is gone and now focuses on Lucy herself, but I think that’s for the best.
I had completely forgotten how both protagonist and antagonist should stand in the way of the other achieving their goal. That really helped me figure things out.
Now it’s back into the quagmire that is the latter half of Act Two. Good news on that front as well: I read over last week’s progress, and a lot of it still works. So far, so good.
Once I get to the end of Act Two, and then figure out my way through Act Three, fine-tuning it may not be as difficult as I think (he typed with fingers crossed).
-As promised, a little more detail about MURDER OF A CAT, my most recent Black List script. Like I said, I wasn’t that impressed.
It’s the story of a guy whose cat is murdered, and he works on figuring out the who and the why behind it. I like the concept, but didn’t like the main character. Can somebody please announce a moratorium on the now-cliched idea of an arrested development guy still living in his parents’ basement? It’s no longer original, and I find them really annoying.
Honestly, he really reminded me of Ignatius J Reilly from A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES. Which I didn’t like either. So sue me.
And if I don’t like the main character, why do I care if he succeeds or doesn’t?
But that’s the problem. Although I didn’t like him, I was interested in the mystery angle of the story. He just happens to be the guy right in the middle of everything. And adding to all of that, the main female character turns into a love interest. I found her becoming attracted to him a little hard to believe. Having them stay at odds throughout would have been much better.
I’m having a little trouble figuring out how this made it to the Black List. The writing is…okay. There doesn’t seem to be anything unique, original or (in my opinion) funny about it. It wouldn’t surprise me if somebody read this and thought “Will Ferrell would be perfect!”
Who am I kidding? Half of LA probably did.
Next up: I was going to read CHRONICLE, but I’m almost done with the book version of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER, so I’ll probably tackle the script soon afterwards. That should be very interesting.