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Posted on Friday 22 October 2010 at 9:43 am

Generic FanFic Question

How would you approach an ensemble story when you don't really have a PoV character in mind? I've got an idea for a fic and I want the dialogue and interactions of the many characters more than anything and don't need a specific character's thoughts on anything. In fact, I think someone's inner monologue might detract from the interactions going on outside any one person's head because there are so many characters in the room. I'm thinking I've got three main options...

(1) Just pick a PoV character and try to keep internal things to a minimum. Seems problematic and not really a solution.

(2) Do a third-person omniscient narrator. Problem is, I don't really feel drawn to that style. It's one I don't really get. I mean, I understand what it is in theory, but I don't really get it in practice. Or maybe that's just another way of saying I'm no good at it, which might be an argument for giving it a shot just to practice the style even if I abandon it for this fic, but I don't really think that's the case.

(3) Do it as a script. I'm drawn to this option in this case in particular because it is for a TV show fandom (littlepixiechic or mrstater want to guess which one?) so a script might not be a bad way to go. My problem with this is that script format fics often feel slapped together, like the author just didn't want to bother with a PoV character and often come from writers who just don't feel strong enough as writers to do anything more than throw the dialogue out there. That isn't always the case, and probably isn't even the case int he majority of cases, but I've seen it enough that I'm always leery when I head into those kinds of fics if I don't already know the author. I just don't want to give that impression or stir up those ideas in people's heads before they get into the story because I already think this story might be a hard sell to anyone who doesn't live in my head. I'm wondering if I do it full-out shooting script style with proper formatting (assuming I could do proper formatting at the pit or other places), camera and stage directions, etc., if that would lend it the air of gravitas that just "Name: Dialogue" would lack.

So... what do y'all think? Should I go with my gut and do a full-on script, is one of the other options better, is there a great fourth option I've neglected, do you once again want to yell at your computer screen "Rachael, get a grip! You're over thinking things yet again!"?


godricgal at 2:09 pm on 22 October 2010 (UTC) (Link)
I would probably approach it by writing it as a rough script, and just see what happened. You might find that the answer presents itself as you write. I think the important thing would be to get what's in your head down while it's fresh in your mind and not worry about the end form because I don't think anything you do will be a waste of time - you'll either end up with a script to add detail to or the key structure of the fic which you can flesh out.

Probably not the definitive answer you were looking for, but that's what I'd do!
bratty_jedi at 3:15 am on 23 October 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Good idea. I wrote it out the dialogue in rough form today and have started typing it more fully fleshed out. I'm not 100% positive, but I think typing just the dialogue is working OK, making me more confident with my gut feeling that some sort of script is the way to go. I'll probably rough out at least a little more and then try to decide if I want to make it more of a formal script.

littlepixiechic at 3:58 am on 23 October 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Gee, I wonder which TV show this might be . . . ;) I don't so much have an opinion on any of the options, but I know that I want to read whatever you come up with!
bratty_jedi at 12:09 pm on 23 October 2010 (UTC) (Link)
That can be arranged. I've got several ideas and several things outlined or started writing. This one is the one in which I have the least confidence. I love it, but I'm not sure anyone else will like it at all. It might require too high of a government / American political history geek factor for most people.

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