Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Okay, so, today's blog is interactive, yeah?
I'm currently working on Selfie, about a film and media star who is silently mourning the lover that the whole world assumed was his friend. I'm venturing back to first person, like I do every so often, and I'm sort of digging Connor--he's kind and self absorbed and a little lost--what's not to love?
Anyway-- everybody really enjoyed Beneath the Stain, in which I used song titles as chapter titles, and I had a lot of fun with that. What I started doing with Selfie was use movie titles as chapter titles…
And it's not nearly as easy.
See, movies have so much more behind them, I think. When you use a movie title, you're drawing a REALLY deep and wide analogy, very often one that doesn't run just between a chapter, or even a moment in the chapter, and the movie, but between the entire book! I mean, this is about the pain of losing someone when you were both hiding the secret. Exactly which chapter of this book would be best named Brokeback Mountain, right?
So, I'm thinking maybe quotes--short and specific, no more than five words--would be better. I'm going to have to go back and edit in. But things like, "Wish I could quit you!" or "As you wish," or "Planet of regret" are all perfectly good chapter titles, and they're all classic moments from movies.
So, since I have to redo this entire thing-- and I'm going to have around 20 chapters-- I thought I could put out the all call. Now do remember-- this is like going shopping with your girl/boyfriend. The minute he/she puts something on and says, "Do you think I should get this?" you are pretty much fucked. If you say yes, he/she will definitely get the other one. If you say no, he/she will want to know why and something about what you say is definitely going to hurt his/her feelings. "I don't know, hon-- it has Star Wars emojis all over it, and aren't you a Trekkie?" will cause the love of your life to wail, "You don't understand my sartorial irony!" and, well, did I mention the fucked?
So I can't promise I'll actually use your suggestions--but I can promise to be highly entertained by them, and to be grateful should they spawn others that I do use, and really grateful if you leave a comment that makes the angels weep with perfection. I mostly just want some pinballs to bounce off, and I've been doing this for a while-- I know you all have the best ideas!
So, Twitter, FB, GR or here-- leave me your "teeny movie quotes" and let's have some fun, okay?