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Angry Bear
Posted: April 20th, 2016, 6:30am Report to Moderator
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I thought everyone who entered the last time read?  I guess I was wrong.

I think that's correct. I believe that was because only board members were allowed to enter. The non reading entrants were more of a problem when anyone was allowed to enter and the OWC was promoted on social media.


As far as villains go, Sean is in charge of this OWC, but IMO, the assignment was superhero, not super villain...


Khamanna, if I enter or not depends on if I finish The Hit rewrite or not.  


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As far as villains go, Sean is in charge of this OWC, but IMO, the assignment was superhero, not super villain...


Not quite, Pia. I did reference that telling the story from the supervillains' perspective is allowed. As long as the protagonist has superpowers, you're on the right track. Good guy, bad guy, doesn't matter. =)


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Oh, what the heck - I'm in. Just tinkered something together. It really sucks, but I guess you guys got me with the whole challenge thing and such...


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Not all superheroes have superpowers. Also, a superhero is not a super villain. A superhero is somebody that seeks out injustice and tries to do something about it, as opposed to ordinary heroes that do heroic things because they happen to be there at the time. Robin Hood would be an early example of a superhero.


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Oh, what the heck - I'm in. Just tinkered something together. It really sucks, but I guess you guys got me with the whole challenge thing and such...


Big thumbs up!!

Especially since there's no one to threat this time - all board members, a loving bunch of pussycats!
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Also, a superhero is not a super villain.

Might be, but Sean is open to our interpretations. So if I see a villain as a protagonist - the main thing for me he has some kind of powers.

Robin Hood for the superhero also counts in my book.
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Specifying what a superhero is doesn't sound like being open to interpretation to me. Also, changing things to include writing about a super villain opens up a new aspect not available to writers that began working on a superhero story. A super villain is the complete opposite to a super hero.

We should have been challenged to write a comedy about somebody endowed with superpowers. That would fit in perfectly with what is being said now. The initial instruction was to write a comedy about a superhero.


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Specifying what a superhero is doesn't sound like being open to interpretation to me. Also, changing things to include writing about a super villain opens up a new aspect not available to writers that began working on a superhero story. A super villain is the complete opposite to a super hero.

We should have been challenged to write a comedy about somebody endowed with superpowers. That would fit in perfectly with what is being said now. The initial instruction was to write a comedy about a superhero.


Dustin, I first mentioned that supervillains were allowed on the first page of this thread. This is not some thing that I thought of today, for the fun of it.


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Khamanna, if I enter or not depends on if I finish The Hit rewrite or not.  


Sounds fair enough to me.

I hate to ask, but do you have Roth, Hurt and Malick on board? I only ask as the two latter ones are getting on and may need to snooze occasionally. I would, but I'm not in Spain anymore. I miss the food. Spanish, I mean. The food. Stop it. No.

I'm only joshing. And showing off like a cock. Sorry, dick. Hmm, that didn't sound much better, Oh well.

I sincerely hope the rewrite turns out well. I know how hard they can be. I think you'll waltz through it.

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Quoted from rendevous


Sounds fair enough to me.

I hate to ask, but do you have Roth, Hurt and Malick on board? I only ask as the two latter ones are getting on and may need to snooze occasionally. I would, but I'm not in Spain anymore. I miss the food. Spanish, I mean. The food. Stop it. No.

I'm only joshing. And showing off like a cock. Sorry, dick. Hmm, that didn't sound much better, Oh well.

I sincerely hope the rewrite turns out well. I know how hard they can be. I think you'll waltz through it.

R



Honestly, she always struck me more of a quickstep kinda woman!!

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The super-villain thing is not in the initial post in this thread, which is where I took my information from. Not that I want to write Despicable Me 3 anyway.

You have avoided tackling my other point regarding superpowers. Reading through this thread you acknowledge that superpowers are not necessary to be a superhero, then go on to say that our superheroes must have superpowers to qualify.

Just a suggestion, but perhaps it would be better if you left the whole thing open to interpretation. This would also help prevent people bailing early because certain perceived parameters aren't met.


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Just a suggestion, but perhaps it would be better if you left the whole thing open to interpretation. This would also help prevent people bailing early because certain perceived parameters aren't met.


This is an interesting point, and also something I've believed going back many OWCs. Funny thing is, I think they've always been open to interpretation. The parameters tend not to be an issue until members start asking questions... which they don't like the answers to. Only those answers didn't exist until the questions were asked. It's basically a self-fulfilling prophecy.

So I say fuck it. Do what you want if the guidelines don't explicitly say you can't. There's nothing at stake, and no one ever gets disqualified anyway. Most of the issues I've seen in the past of parameters being too rigid were created by members themselves asking for clarification instead of just going with their first instinct.


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The super-villain thing is not in the initial post in this thread, which is where I took my information from. Not that I want to write Despicable Me 3 anyway.

You have avoided tackling my other point regarding superpowers. Reading through this thread you acknowledge that superpowers are not necessary to be a superhero, then go on to say that our superheroes must have superpowers to qualify.

Just a suggestion, but perhaps it would be better if you left the whole thing open to interpretation. This would also help prevent people bailing early because certain perceived parameters aren't met.


Of course it wasn't in the first post. I waited for people to have questions (as always happens) and explained them to the best of my ability.

No, not really. I used the Batman example as a way to try and alleviate the problems some people have with some superheroes not exactly being "super". With that said, when people ask questions, the idea is to see how far the boundaries can be stretched. Would you feel better if I used the term "super abilities", or would that have made it worse? I'm trying to get the idea across that a person doesn't have to have been bitten by a radioactive spider in order to qualify for this challenge. I have no problem with that. Stretch them as far as you feel comfortable doing.

I would have left it to interpretation, but that left people with more questions and ones that were less about pushing the boundaries and more about actually clarifying things. I try and simplify them as best I could.


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So I say fuck it. Do what you want if the guidelines don't explicitly say you can't. There's nothing at stake, and no one ever gets disqualified anyway. Most of the issues I've seen in the past of parameters being too rigid were created by members themselves asking for clarification instead of just going with their first instinct.


I don't believe in DQ'ing people or having them DQ'ed. If anything, I like to let it all get sorted out by the comments. If people don't mention that your script is way off the mark, in regards to the parameters, you're in good shape. But, as usual, this is just for fun and to test your abilities (and, possibly, win the crappy mug) and that's all.


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If it's open to interpretation then questions do not matter. It is up to the person asking the question to find their own answers.

Shame it's taken up most of the time we get to write the thing to figure out exactly what the requirements are... but then, what should I expect when you think it's OK to wait for questions rather than specifying exactly what you want from the beginning.


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Dwight Schrute: No, don't call me a hero. Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning and go into their normal jobs, and get a distress call from the Commissioner and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around fighting crime. Those are the real heroes.

Dwight Schrute: I am not a hero. I am a mere defender of the office. You know who's a real hero? Hiro from "Heroes." That's a hero. Also Bono.


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