marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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ripping off a plot

One of the great ways to get a story is to rip it off and file off the serial numbers.  This can get complicated, because a story fits together, and shifting one piece of it causes half or more of the other elements to change.

I've been playing with the idea of putting Persuasion into a Faerie setting.  And one of the first things I was looking at changing the serial numbers for was the original breakup.

Now, there's a lot of reasons why they might break up.  A quarrel, stupid or otherwise.  A mischievous illusion that separates them misleadingly.  A kindly Admiral telling her that it was not good for his career, marrying a land fae.  Complications because she's a fae and he's a selkie.

But all of them change the flavor of the breakup somewhat, or a great deal.  Sometimes you just need to steal it all.
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