Friday, 22 June 2007

Town Trouble.

There's a lesson to be learnt from this:
Five farmers from the Auvergne countryside appeared in court yesterday for attacking the writer Pierre Jourde over his novel inspired by their tiny village.

Incensed by Jourde's depictions of heavy drinking, adultery, intermarriage, filthy homes and accidents with farm machinery, some locals say the novelist will never be forgiven. But Paris's literary elite is horrified by the tale of an acclaimed writer "attacked by his own characters".
So next time you sit down and write your novel, ask yourself: "Will the real people I based my fictional characters on try to kill me when the novel gets published?"

3 comments:

  1. Reminds me of the film "Stranger Than Fiction" where the author discovers that her character is a real life person!

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  2. Hah! Pretty sure the town's people didn't have Pierre Jourde narrating their every move though.

    Hoho.

    Stranger Than Fiction was such a wonderful movie! I must get that on DVD someday.

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  3. It was, wasn't it? Made me think, that movie did. How much control did he have over his own actions and how much was determined by the author's narration? heheh.

    The other movie that's made me think is The Lake House. The twists and impossibilities got me trying to figure it all out :P

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