Monday, September 26, 2016

But That's Another Story


The thing about reading is that we only ever see the finished product; therefore, it seems to us that the stories we know and love are the way they are because they were meant to be that way.

But consider this fact: your favorites authors could have taken their stories in vastly different directions. With just a slip of the pen, they could easily have turned comedy to tragedy, tragedy to melodrama, melodrama to horror, or horror to farce.

Observe.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a knife.
"You're a lizard, Harry."  
"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're the only pope."  
"Beware the brides of March!"  
It was a bright cold day in April, and all the hawks were striking Eugene. 
"Slay it, Sam." 
All children, except one, blow up. 
"I come to marry Caesar, not to praise him." 
"We'll always have parrots." 
"All we have to decide is what to do with the slime that is given to us."
"May divorce be with you." 
"Stay old, Ponyboy."

See? A tiny alteration can work a big change. All the more reason to ensure that when we write, we put exactly the right word in exactly the right place. 

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1 comment:

  1. Part of me really wants to read that version of Pride and Prejudice.

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