1. Melissa Parker

    Melissa Parker New Member

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    My Character Needs Help

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Melissa Parker, Mar 17, 2018.

    So the story I am writing is a thriller with a political conspiracy set in NYC that revolves around the "suicide" of a government official.

    The only issue is the main character (who uncovers the plot) is jobless lol I don't know if he should be
    A) A political fixer (kinda like Olivia Pope but more realistic)
    B) A District Attorney
    C) A political aide in the NYC Government

    I want it to be as realistic as possible, I'm not sure what job best fits the outcome of the plot (that he uncovers a vast conspiracy and is hunted down)

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll It's Coffee O'clock everywhere. Contributor

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    Have you seen Conspiracy Theory, with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts?
    Mel's character is a conspiracy theorist taxi driver, and Rorbert's is an
    FBI agent that kinda helps him out.

    Another good one would be Enemy of the State, with Gene Hackman and
    Will Smith. This one is a bit closer to what you are talking about in terms.

    Both movies are really good at depicting the types of scenario you are looking
    at, and may give you some ideas. Plus you can try to make heads or tails of
    all the youtube conspiracy theorists, to see if you can possibly make any of
    their theories of use to get things moving in your story. In the least you may
    find them to be a kind of 'research' into how such people think.

    Hope this helps you out a smidgen, and good luck. :supersmile:
     
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    Have you seen Conspiracy Theory, with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts?
    Mel's character is a conspiracy theorist taxi driver, and Rorbert's is an
    FBI agent that kinda helps him out.

    Another good one would be Enemy of the State, with Gene Hackman and
    Will Smith. This one is a bit closer to what you are talking about in terms.

    Both movies are really good at depicting the types of scenario you are looking
    at, and may give you some ideas. Plus you can try to make heads or tails of
    all the youtube conspiracy theorists, to see if you can possibly make any of
    their theories of use to get things moving in your story. In the least you may
    find them to be a kind of 'research' into how such people think.

    Hope this helps you out a smidgen, and good luck. :supersmile:
     
  4. Melissa Parker

    Melissa Parker New Member

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    Very good suggestion thank you. Isn’t great when we can watch a movie and call it research lol.
     
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  5. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll It's Coffee O'clock everywhere. Contributor

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    I try to avoid it, but I lack any knowledge of any books related to the subject matter. :)
     
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    The profession which would enable your MC to uncover the real story behind the suicide would likely depend on what kind of government official has "killed" him or herself.

    A little more information on the coverup aspect of your plot would be helpful in giving answers. Also, as Cave Troll suggests, there are always ways around obstacles with periphery characters.
     
  7. Melissa Parker

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    The character that has committed “suicide” is an official in the NYC Mayor’s Office in charge of overseeing real estate deal involving the city.

    When he is found dead a number of corrupt shenanigans involving a secret group that controls the city is uncovered by the MC who is tasked to look into the death by the same “secret group” with a promise of higher office and money.

    Basically the MC turns on his handlers to expose them, thus why his job needs to afford him some kind of access to uncover such things.
     
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    Okay, so...two questions:

    1. Is this secret group operating within the realm of real estate? If so, you have your answer: real estate attorney. The path to public office is often walked along the lines of work in the field of law.

    2. Why would the secret group hire someone to look into it? If it's a faked suicide, you'd think they'd be doing everything in their power to stop people from looking into it. That's the whole purpose of a coverup, right?
     
  9. Melissa Parker

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    There in lies the plot twist, the MC believes it’s a suicide and is told by the “secret group” that the Mayor’s enemies are trying to use the death for political gain. They need as much information as possible to prevent the Mayor from getting framed.

    The MC realizes midway into the plot that the cover up is going to be pinned on him. That he is a pasty of the “secret group” which he didn’t know in the beginning was so evil.

    The “secret group” consists of a high powered Attorney connected to the city, the Mayor and a Billionaire tycoon who is involved in real estate among other things.
     

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