Posted by: dougery | March 3, 2012

Form and Genre Challenge: Action! Adventure!

For this week’s Form and Genre Challenge we had a genre constraint, on the heels of the more formal limitations (advantages?) of the OULIPO. The genre in question is Action/Adventure, the word count a steep 3K. To be honest, I got cracking on this while still tinkering with my N+7 song overhaul of an OULIPO. And I’ve needed every last second.

I was a bit more taken by the action of action/adventure. The latter, as I understand it, relies on exotic settings, which are all well and good (pirate ships, dinosaur infested lost jungles, moon bases, etc) but if I were to go that route I’d probably stage the whole piece in a Walmart just to be contradictory. Because thats how I roll (predictable? Maybe). That story almost happened, too, but in the end I chose fisticuffs, heli-sedans, ear-drum bombs, you know, the gadgetry and judo-chops of a secret agent action story.

Not to get too far into the details, but tomorrow’s tale features a heartbroken couple, a husband and wife ‘James Bond Villain’ pair (Dr Damien and Evilynne Darkflotsam) whose only daughter (Meg) has been kidnapped ‘for her own good’ by this story’s version of Bond. The tentative title is “The Suburbs are Not Enough.”


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