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Re: Original Plots
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0803  Thursday, 14 March 2002

From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Mar 2002 08:52:59 +1100
Subject: 13.07374 Re: Original Plots
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.07374 Re: Original Plots

As a novelist who has often used elements of other stories, sometimes
even more than elements, for her novel, I can vouch for the fact that it
is a lot of fun. I frequently use fairytales, myths and legends, as the
basis for my plots and it makes for a strong and sinewy one. I'm near
the end at the moment of a novel which I've based directly on Chretien
de Troyes' The Knight of the Cart, and it's been another great
experience. It frees you from dreary plot mechanics, whilst enabling you
to explore characters in great depth and richness, and making some
daring extrapolations as well.  Plus the echoes the well-known
names--such as Lancelot, Arthur, etc--evoke in people's minds already
means readers are well-disposed. I can quite understand why Shakespeare
did it!

Sophie Masson
Author site: http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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