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Thread #140865 Message #3240032
Posted By: GUEST
17-Oct-11 - 12:15 AM
Thread Name: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
Subject: RE: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
"BTW, as I've said before, Dickens took a real-life fence (Ikey Solomon) as inspiration. but he made the character loosely based on him a stereotype- unintentionally or not."
Problem with that statement is that writer's of his quality do not do things by accident. It was intentional. Perhaps misdirected, but when he wrote it he meant it. True, he did broadside articles. He was, after all, a writer, and he had to make a living. 'Great Expectations' was just a cliff-hanger (we should all have cliffs like that from which to hang) and each week one could get the next installment for a half penny.
At a young age I would go to the First Pres(byterian Church) to watch feature movies, but before each feature was a continuing chapter in Grade C movies: what would be denigrated by movie critics today as tripe because there was just plot: no character development, no setting to speak of, and certainly no theme. But as kids we were entranced by the hero hanging over a pit filled with tigers--despite the over-all setting being Africa, lord knows where in Africa, but the Dark Continent nevertheless--and despite there being no tigers in Africa. We knew that, but we suspended our 'belief' and got into the flick. After ten or so minutes the film would come to an end and the guy running the movie projector would suffer the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' (boos, hisses and whatnot) and as the lights dimmed even further, we slunk deeper into our seats to prepare for the main event, not forgetting that NEXT week we would return to witness the horrible demise of our hero, only recently seen as soon-to-be lunch for ferocious cats with appetites greater than those we exorcised on popcorn, chips, candy bars and pop. The reality of writing is that sometimes a story is just a story. Other times it becomes an extended metaphor, and yet at others, a devastating exploration of the deeper shades in the bowels of 'man'.
I think you have a wonderful idea. Write it.
Remember the line from The G, the B and the U: If you're gonna shoot, shoot! Don't talk.