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    Bad plots / story ideas

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Islander, Dec 17, 2010.

    What is the worst story idea you've seen, heard or can imagine?
     
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    sparkly vampires
     
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    I knew someone would say that :)

    How about vampire zombie ninjas from Mars?
     
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    I think, done well anything can be cool. Zombie ninjas from mars sounds like it would make an awesome low budget B movie, or a top class comedy/horror. Maybe an average day in the life of an average middle-american, where nothing exciting happens?
     
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    Like Shark Attack III is it bad, bad or good bad
     
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    -Megashark versus Giant Octopus
    -something specific with small people and a yellow road made of bricks

    I heard this one on another forum:
    Aliens that look exactly like humans but with a different skin color. That's all they had.
     
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    ^:eek: That's pretty bad. Aliens that look like us. . .huh, that sounds familiar. . .

    ^THAT scares me. Ditto.
     
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    That'd be most of death of a salesman then.
     
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    That is the average day in the life of the most miserable American :) and is a miserable plot.
     
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    I know it was a best seller but I could not read 'Bridget Jones Diary' page ten was about as far as I got.
     
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    Is there such thing as a bad plot? I know a plot can be badly written but can an idea ever actually be bad.
     
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    I think so - they usually win literary prizes. Nothing is worse for me than a well written book with no story attached.
     
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    Poe...Murders in the Rue Morgue...the monkey did it? Really? Seemed like a cop out to me.
     
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    Yes, a bad plot does exist, it's often an under-developed one or one that relies on silly get out clauses (ie the monkey above ^ ).
     
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    I can stand the destruction of a mythical genre so a woman can describe her wet dreams to thousands of tween girls across the country.

    But pirate vampires? Vampirates? That's going too far.

    I died a bit that day at Borders.
     
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    It bugs me to see storylines that glamorize the heroine having no power of her own, like in the romance novels where she starts out independent and hardworking but loses all that as soon as she gets with the man of her dreams. Like a woman can't be both in love and a strong, free-thinking/acting individual.
     
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    just watched Resident Evil Afterlife. The wonderful combination of a plot that made no sense at all, a laughable script and acting that would make a marrionette proud.
     
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    This.

    Caine would be not amused...
     
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    For me, it is a certain series that combines laughable 2D characters with silly plots that just seem to be trying to be funny and off-the-wall, but just end up badly unrealistic. Sprinkle on a healthy misunderstanding of how a rural village in the 21st century functions, gleaned off ITV repeats of dated picturesque dramadies, and shove it into a too-small cake tin labelled detective fiction - and, oh yes, don't forget, every single detective needs a gimmick. One half of them has to be this maverick with astounding logic and a disregard for police procedure, and the other half has to be someone readers can identify with, there's no middle ground, no room for a fully rounded character. Oh, I know. Let's make said detective a selfish, rude, ugly woman who's bitterly resenting the onset of middle age and bemoans the lack of a man around the house just as much as she bemoans the fact that her cats complain she drops fag ash in the litter tray every time she lowers herself - not her cleaner - to emptying it.

    A horrible read. Apologies for book-bashing, that's why I didn't include the title - this series just makes my teeth absolutely grate. I'm proud to say I read them often, so I never write as bad as this. Arg.
     
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    Hmm guess I am not the only one who hasn't got a taste for raisins :)
     
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    Hahahaha!

    Elgaisma, forget the raisins, just give me the rum!!! :D
     
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    would have made that series of books go down better :)
     
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    lol am I missing something here? :D
     
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    The plot Noya oulined is a series called Agatha Raisin - Rum and Raisin a famous flavour of things. The rum might have helped the raisin read a bit better.
     
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    I love rum n' raisin ice cream - but M. C. Beaton's books just leave a bad taste in my mouth. Because of Agatha I haven't dared touch Hamish Macbeth, as I'm afraid she's going to try and make witticisms about Shakespeare... :/
     

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