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Old 11-29-2007, 05:00 AM View Post #11 (Link)
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I guess I'm in. Can we post our short stories on here or do they have to be private?
I think it'd be interesting if we could post our short stories on here, it'd give us an idea of how others are writing theirs...and it'd be fun to see the different ways one general topic can be written
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:20 AM View Post #12 (Link)
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Oh, some guidelines. Okay...ermm.
Basically, it has to be something that could be posted on YWO. If it's pornographic or too gory then don't send it. Meaning if your story is just about having sex and erotic fiction and what not, don't send it. If it's like Hostel in literary form, don't send it.

And, I'm not defining dystopia. That's up for you to look up and interpret yourselves. I don't want you to copy the greats of dystopian fiction. Take the idea and make it up on your own. Be creative, and original where you can be, and just have fun with it .

Don't post the stories here. Let me figure out where I want them sent first. Not sure if I want them sent to my email or to PM. Email might be more convenient, but let me think about what I want to do with the stories that won. I'll talk to Andy about that too.
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:15 PM View Post #13 (Link)
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I adore dystopian stories - though I'm not necessarily any good at crafting them.
I'll keep an eye on this thread and hope for a nice spark of inspiration or creativity.
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:38 PM View Post #14 (Link)
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Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
If it's like Hostel in literary form, don't send it.
Ironic that I have that film recorded on Sky to watch. I think they did it way over the top with the sex, but the gore is good.
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:41 PM View Post #15 (Link)
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Great . Remember, it's a short story, so I'm not expecting anyone to write the greatest dystopian story ever (like 1984 by George Orwell). Just do your best with it.

And SPELLCHECK! Please! I beg you. Check your spelling and grammar before you turn it in! Get it critted here or something!
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Ironic that I have that film recorded on Sky to watch. I think they did it way over the top with the sex, but the gore is good.
Well, I think there are two ways to approach a film like that. One is to do it the way they did, which means showing EVERYTHING as it would really be. The sex would have to be there for this approach to counterbalance the darkness of the gore, otherwise the audience would have no sense of joy...it would be just a dark film.
The second way would be to make things implied. Meaning, the sex would be mentioned, even hinted at, and visually we might get the impression that it is happening, but we never see it like they show in the film (naked girls all about and the like). The gore would also have to be implied. You don't have to show gore to convey terror, just as you don't have to show sex to imply that sort of relationship.
They took the first route, obviously. I praise the film for doing something I've never seen before, but I can't watch it every again. It grossed me out and made me paranoid for weeks. There is some truth to that story. SOME. Things do happen that are similar to that story...
It's also not a horror film. It's a gore film. Horror films are different. A lot of the best horror films have implied violence rather than visual violence. Today's 'horror' is filled with gore, which is entirely different. Gore isn't scary for the same reason as the original Jason films were, or the Freddy films, which now seem funny, or other great horror films of the 70's and 80's.
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Yeah, like the Saw films are more gore than horror, really. I thought I was in for scares galore when I watched the first Saw film for the first time, but I just ended up learning what happens to people when you slice them apart. It's good knowledge for my novels, as they have a lot of gore in them.
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The world needs more psychological thrillers.
I felt nothing but a queasy stomach when my friends dragged me through House of Wax (the remake), and I got a kick out of the scene where Paris died... more amusement than terror, though. Come to think of it, I haven't seen many good horror movies at all. The Shining is my favorite, and I'm reading the original novel right now.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:16 PM View Post #19 (Link)
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I don't watch many horror films anymore. I can't. It's like watching crappy remakes of classics...or watching films that replace the scary stuff with gore...
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I'm not saying you're wrong, but when has Saw been done before? Well, the ideas, anyway.
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