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    a setting quandry!

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by jazzman, Dec 11, 2010.

    Hoping someone can give me a hand xxx writing a story that I was planning on setting in France during the NAZI occupation about a Private Detective, sort of like Philip Kerr's 'Gunther' series but after a little research Im thinking the story might work better in Poland. Both historical elements interest me as do both country settings.....I guess what I'm asking is as a reader, would you be more interested in reading about Nazi occupied France, or Poland?
     
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    well if you wrote the france one everyone could be retreating from your MC and if you wrote the Poland one they could all be surrendering...
     
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    France but I would be thinking Allo Allo all the time
     
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    How about Denmark? Lots of passive resistance, lots of waterfront.

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    I would say France, but like Elgaisma, I would be reading everything in absurd accents! However, if you did it very differently, this wouldn't be a problem. It might even be a positive - you just need to stamp your own mark on it as early as possible, using Allo Allo as a kind of stepladder, bypassing formal description. Thanks to the sitcom, nearly everyone can picture a cafe in Nazi occupied France - you do not need to illustrate the baguettes. You can immediately get to your detective and his case.

    That said, perhaps a slightly different country would benefit you more and distance you more from Allo Allo - Denmark, as suggested, or maybe Belgium (I'm unfamiliar with what this country was up to during the War).

    But as to your original question - yes. Yes I would be very interested in reading it. :)
     
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    :) Just don't have him searching for the fallen Madonna with the big boobies and you should be fine - and probably never say listen very carefully I shall say this only once lol
     
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    *falls about laughing!*

    And while you're at it, don't use any character by the name of Cato... ;)
     
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    Hey - I see no problem with looking at - err, for big boobies! *snicker*

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    Find out which country had the most intrigue, and set your story there. The more meat you have to work with, the better the plot IMHO.
     
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    Actually maybe Poland would be better all I want to do is make jokes about airmen under the bed etc lol
     
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    A better pun would involve Sea Men under the covers. ;)
     
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    ahh you haven't watched it :) lol The old lady in Allo Allo was hiding two British Airmen under her bed.
     
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    the locale wouldn't matter at all to me as long as the story was a good one and the writing passable or better...
     

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