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25 May 2013 @ 11:21 am
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I received my [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest story-match assignment by email last of everyone on Sunday night, though naturally I knew my assignment first of everyone :-) as soon as all the little highlighted slips of paper settled into a complete matched set with no recognizably bad matches ... though of course some matches are better than others, and I'm hoping fervently that each player did receive something that will ignite his/her imagination.

So in this first week of the game, I picked my prompt from the three I received, and ordered a relevant non-fiction book — which you might suppose reveals that the prompt isn't touching the middle ages in Europe or the Levant, early-modern France, the nineteenth-century in Britain or the US, swordcraft, nutrition or Catholicism, as perhaps I have enough ("enough" ~grin~) books about those already... but when have I ever passed up an excuse to borrow or buy a new book? This morning, I copied relevant FK screenshots into a folder and made it my home desktop wallpaper and screensaver.

Next up: Rewatch the episode most suggested by the prompt!


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skieswideopen: FK: Janetteskieswideopen on May 25th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Rewatch. Rewatch, rewatch, rewatch. I need to refresh my knowledge of character voices and canon events and the specific background on a couple of characters. So I need to watch.

I also need to start writing down story ideas until I hit on a good one.
Amy R.: Artbrightknightie on May 25th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
I hope that the rewatching will be fun, and that you'll bump into things that look different to you now than they did the last time you watched!

Brainstorming, yes... I may also poke through Plotto: The Book of All Plots (by William Wallace Cook, the famously prolific Canadian dime-novel writer) to see whether anything there launches the prompt in my brain.
skieswideopen: FK: Nick & Janetteskieswideopen on May 25th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the rewatching. It's been a while since I watched any FK. Though I rather suspect I may end up doing a lot of BH in my head along the way.

I've never heard of William Wallace Cook, but that book sounds like fun. And perhaps a little more flexible than Raymond Chandler's advice to have a man with a gun burst into the room whenever one is stuck on where to go next.

I admire your dedication in turning over your whole computer to the challenge, wallpapers and all! Full immersion.

Edited at 2013-05-25 11:47 pm (UTC)
Amy R.: Artbrightknightie on May 26th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
>"Though I rather suspect I may end up doing a lot of BH in my head along the way."

Posited: FK's main characters are much more mature than BH(UK)'s main characters, and the immortal ones were so even when they were still human. What do you think?

>"I've never heard of William Wallace Cook"

Curiously, Cook doesn't have his own Wikipedia page, though he is referenced on a dozen. Hmmm. Okay, here's a short article from NPR which sums him up this way:
In one year, 1910, he churned out more than a book a week. "He was known as the man who deforested Canada," Collins says. "He had to systematize it. He was literally manufacturing fiction, to the point that when he wrote a memoir, he titled it The Fiction Factory."

Alfred Hitchcock and Erle Stanley Gardner both credited Cook's Plotto as a major source in their own learning to write plot.

>"Full immersion."

I do this for every fest I play. :-) FK just has a wider selection of screenshots ready-and-waiting on my hard-drive! :-)
skieswideopen: BHUK: Annie & Mitchellskieswideopen on May 26th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Posited: FK's main characters are much more mature than BH(UK)'s main characters, and the immortal ones were so even when they were still human. What do you think?

Very likely, yes. FK's mortals were, of course, older than the mortals on BH, so one would expect a maturity difference there. But I agree with you that it's also true of the immortals on the two shows, and whether that's age or mortal background or era or something else entirely, I don't know.

Actually, that was also one of the most noticeable differences for me between BHUS and BHUK. Not so much with Annie and Sally--I think they were about on the same level. And Nora and Nina were probably comparable as well. However, I think Josh was slightly more mature than George (arguable) and I think Aidan was substantially more mature than Mitchell. Mind you, their backgrounds were different: an 18th century mid-twenties married father with a career vs. a 20th century early-twenties (presumably single, childless?) man who couldn't answer the question of what he wanted to be when he grew up. One would expect some differences from that, if nothing else.

ETA: On the other hand, I'd still agree that Nick, Janette, and Lacroix were all more mature than Aidan. I'm not so sure about Vachon and Urs. Might depend on the situation.

Thank you for the info about Cook! It's interesting.

Edited at 2013-05-26 03:17 am (UTC)
Amy R.: Artbrightknightie on May 26th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
I hadn't been thinking about Vachon and Urs in this case! Ah, the soft bigotry of pre-season-three expectations. ;-)

Considering now. Hmmm.

I believe that both Vachon and Urs are, in 1995-96, more often mature than Mitchell in his parallel season, to the extent we see them. And even given that sharp cheddar can appear more mature than Mitchell sometimes, you make a good point, that they may or may not have been so at the times of their deaths. Vachon and Mitchell were both young soldiers on battlefields far from home at that moment... I'd imagined Nick lecturing Mitchell at various points, which is amusing but limited; I hadn't imagined crossing over with Vachon's crew, who are closer to Mitchell in age, attitude and experience... in every way closer to Mitchell than Nick would be, except for wanting to live human.
skieswideopen: FK: Nick & Janetteskieswideopen on May 26th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
Vachon and Urs were an afterthought for me too. :)

I think with Mitchell, as with Aidan, relative maturity might vary a bit by specific context. Overall, however, I agree with you--I think Vachon and Urs are probably more adult than Mitchell. However, I also agree that Vachon and Urs are probably closer to Mitchell than Nick. (Also, Nick lecturing Mitchell would be hilarious. And appropriate. I can picture Janette and Ivan looking on in amusement. I think the two of them would get along--they're both very pragmatic.)

If one assumes--as Sam Witwer has argued--that blood-addiction prevents vampires from maturing, then it does make sense that vampires would essentially be frozen at the age they were turned. That doesn't really explain why Mitchell hasn't grown up over the past fifty years, however.
greerwatsongreerwatson on May 26th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
(Sigh.) Well, you're way ahead of me. I've certainly thought about the prompts; but I still haven't decided which one to do. Not that you matched me wrong. (Heaven forfend!) Just that I haven't yet been possessed by inspiration.

I'll be rewatching at least "Dark Knight" in the near future so that I can participate in next weekend's discussion on FORKNI-L. I'm looking forward to it. I do hope there's a quorum—at least sufficient for a decent discussion. It's been a long time since we started at the beginning and did a full go-through.
Amy R.: Artbrightknightie on May 26th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
I appreciate that your Die-Hard preference makes you a bit easier to match in the character column! The prompts you received this year are fairly wide open; I hope that one rounds itself out for you in a way you'd like to fill in.

And I wish a great time to everyone playing the rewatch on forkni-l! It's so appropriate to start at this time of year, as DK did first air in May.
PJ1228pj1228 on May 26th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same stage as Greer. Still undecided which prompt to choose. I'm currently tossing random ideas around in my head.
And I watched one episode tonight (can't tell which without giving clues away though).
Amy R.: Artbrightknightie on May 27th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
Good luck finding an idea!

(I should perhaps clarify that while I've picked a prompt, I definitely do not yet have a plot or theme to match it.)
PJ1228pj1228 on May 27th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think I've come to a decision now. :)
Amy R.: Artbrightknightie on May 28th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I look forward to learning your choice in due time. :-)

The non-fiction book that I purchased to coordinate with my chosen prompt has been a huge disappointment. It's full of facts, yes, but it's about as engaging as dry flour. No anecdotes, no personalities, no examples, just assertion after assertion... yikes.
Twilight: FK:Knights de Soirtwilight2000 on May 27th, 2013 04:09 am (UTC)
me three - still choosing the prompt :>. Re-watched FK last year, so I might need a review of specific eps - never a bad thing ;>.

Edited at 2013-05-27 04:09 am (UTC)
Amy R.: Artbrightknightie on May 27th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
Good luck picking your prompt! I'm hoping that having Memorial Day with the matches may help some US players find time to kick their prompts' tires and see which may go the distance for them. :-)
Twilight: FK:Knights de Soirtwilight2000 on May 27th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping to pick it by tomorrow night - giving me two months to write/beta/re-write :>!

Edited at 2013-05-27 04:30 pm (UTC)