Same Story, Different Version

Every narrator is unreliable to a degree. Let’s face it, they all have their own agendas and they all want to make sure they look good, no matter how honest they claim to be. It’s just a matter of working out how unreliable they really are. Course, you can’t really tell without a second narrator. And the more narrators, the more complicated it gets, but also the easier it is to find the truth. But mostly it’s more complicated.

You’ve got to know what to keep the same and watch to change and remember that every voice is different. It can be tough to keep each narrative voice individual and make sure they’re all equally believable. But hey,

Challenge Accepted

So picture the scene, a plane crashes in the Bermuda Triangle, a handful of people survive. They find themselves on an unnaturally dark and misty island and they’re not alone. There’s something in the mist. Two somethings. Really, not very nice somethings. But these aren’t the only monsters on the island. As all but seven of the survivors are picked of in the initial panic, it becomes apparent that they all have their demons. A pair of psychologists, a mother and son, a pastor, an heir and an air marshal, seven people, seven stories (though technically less due to the mother and son, and the pyschologists overlapping) and a mystery that will either kill them, or take them home. Monsters are real.

I’m apparently rewriting Lost. According to my house mate I have a habit of coming up with stories and characters that have been already done, but in my defence I’ve never seen Lost or played Final Fantasy VI.


3 responses to “Same Story, Different Version

  1. There is a small number of storylines in existence. I can’t recall what the actual number is (there seems to be a debate over how many there are) but I’m quite sure it’s less than ten. Every written story we can trace back, even to thousands of years ago, is based on one of those stories. There is no such thing as a new plot, just a different way of telling it.
    Don’t worry if something you write sounds similar to something that’s already been done, because it’s impossible for it not to. As long as it’s your own voice and writing style telling the story then it’s yours and no one else’s.

    • That few? You’ve made me feel a lot better now. I’ll remember to pull that little fact out of the bag next time my house mate brings up ‘rewriting’.
      Thank you 🙂

  2. You should rewrite it. Maybe you’ll come up with a better ending. 🙂

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