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    Can't seem to fill in a B-plot

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Gringoamericano, Oct 19, 2011.

    I've been trying to write a sitcom for months. It's a show about apathetic teenagers and their self centered parents/relatives. I've finally found the perfect plot for the teenagers (the A-plot) for the pilot, but when it comes to writing a plot for the adults, I get stumped. I tried writing one off of the top of my head, but a reader stated that the dialogue and humor was unintelligent, so I scrapped the idea.

    I guess I'm stumped because the plot used for the teenagers was slightly planned out (well, the first part at least. I have not written down the rest yet) and has kind of a political undertone, while the plot I thought up for the parents only involves a misunderstanding at a furniture store that comes back to bite the character in the ass.

    Does anybody know how I can get past this?
     
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    Is it a B-plot just for the pilot episode, or an over-arching one for the series you are looking for? Is there maybe a way to weave it in and around the teenagers plot? You say they are self-centred parents, so the B-plot should be something that would adversely affect their offspring, particularly in the pilot, where you want to set out the dynamic between the characters from the offset.
     
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    If you can't think of a plot for the adults, maybe the adults don't belong in the sitcom. Charles Schultz made his Peanuts comic strip about kids only - there were no adults. It can be done. Don't try to force a storyline for adult characters where there isn't one. If you've got good material for your teens, focus on that and forget trying to bolster it with material that doesn't fit.
     
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    duplicate post - sorry.
     
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    Without knowing the plot for the teenagers, it will be difficult for me to brainstorm ideas for a B plot.
     

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