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SimplyScripts Screenwriting Discussion Board    One Week Challenge    January 2019 -††One Week Challenge  ›  Some Valentine Strange - OWC
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Posted: February 2nd, 2019, 1:03am Report to Moderator

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Some Valentine Strange by The Chad - Short, RomCom - A very strange man chooses a hooker as his Valentine. - pdf format

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Mr. Blonde
Posted: February 2nd, 2019, 4:38pm Report to Moderator

What good are choices if they're all bad?

Nowhere special.
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Bonus points for starting off with Bonnie Tyler. I would have also accepted Belinda Carlisle or Blondie. However, those bonus points are removed for using "Nights in White Satin". That's my song. Lol.

As for the actual script, I didn't feel as though there was much of one. You could see the ending coming a mile away because of how weird Zach acts right off the bat. There also wasn't much explanation for why Frankie did what she did to Jeff because Zach picked Frankie out of the blue. Was it just a coincidence that they were like each other? I'm just not a big fan of plot conveniences. The script was mostly clean, except for a few typos.

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Posted: February 2nd, 2019, 6:31pm Report to Moderator
Of The Ancients

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Cave Creek, AZ
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So, obviously, using exact songs either works or pisses peeps off.  If it really "works" in terms with the plot, go for it.  If not, don't.  We'll see...

I don't see any reason for the song, nor do I know if it's suppose to be playing throughout, but...I do like what I'm reading up to Page 3. Dialogue seems authentic, and both characters seem to have some character.

OK, the song comes back on and "works".  Good job.

Absolutely no reason for a FADE TO:.  Leave this garbage off.

I don't get all.  ROMCOM, this ain't!  No how, Sir.  Not even close.  No humor here at all, and for me, this really doesn't even come close to adhering to this challenge.

With the end being so vague, even in the genre that it seems to be, horror, we're left clueless as to what just went down here...and why.


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Posted: February 2nd, 2019, 10:19pm Report to Moderator
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Cast Your Fate To The Wind

Upstate NY
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Iím confused. Pisser? I laughed at the inclusion of Jeff in thon
and ball gag, but if this isnít a pisser itís certainly far from a rom com. So, pisser it is. Maybe. I donít know.

Good effort anyway!


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Posted: February 3rd, 2019, 3:11am Report to Moderator
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Sweet lorda mercy Daisy, this one's high as a kite, have you changed your weed supplier?

Did you not get the memo... this one...

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Welcome to the January/February 2019 OWC.  Your challenge, should you chose to partake, is to write a properly formatted script 5 - 10 pages, not including the title page.

Theme: Love/Romance

Genre: Rom-com

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Posted: February 3rd, 2019, 3:34am Report to Moderator
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Ten pages. That'll start a nice fire.

Must have been fun to write. Maybe even cathartic. But you just had to share it. It doesn't even attempt to fulfill the rom com requirement, and I won't buy the argument that serial killers have a different sense of romance and humour.

Whoever wrote this...I'll keep my eye on you, and we're never going for drinks. Not even coffee. You scare me.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2019, 5:36am Report to Moderator
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Hi Writer,

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Iím gonna eat your heart you
fuckiní whore!

Can't you just feel the romance in the air.

Okay so obviously a pisser. Wish it came with a warning so I could have passed it by, especially with so many to read.

Not a rom com in any way.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2019, 4:15pm Report to Moderator
Of The Ancients

Southern California
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Behind the wheel is ZACH LEE, 26, thin, awkwardly handsome.
He is dressed nice. A button up t-shirt, cleanly shaved, his
hair is even combed over.

A bit clunky of an opening. I can't really see what "awkwardly handsome" is - don't need he's dressed nice if you describe it anyway and what is with "even his hair is combed over'? You say it like it's a surprise.

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The small sedan is parked in the dark, dingy alley.

Sedan confused me at first - thought it was a different vehicle since you described it as CAR in your opener.

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She shoots him a cautious smile as she walks around to the
passenger side.

Youíre a strange one, arenít ya?
You have no idea.

This would have to be a convertible if they're chatting while she's walking around the car.

Of course she would want her payment first - why would she trust him. You just told us he lives in a piece of crap.

Okay - not a Rom-com at all. This is another genre bender by a writer who is more comfortable with horror than with Rom-com.

Not for me

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James McClung
Posted: February 4th, 2019, 3:24pm Report to Moderator
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Strange title. Wouldn't "Some Strange Valentine" have been catchier? Certainly less awkward.

- SUPERIMPOSE: FEBRUARY 14TH, VALENTINE'S DAY - This is a bit much, don't you think? You even have "TH" after 14. How about SUPER: VALENTINE'S DAY?

Many typos and awkward phrasing throughout. I think another pass would catch most of them.

Not for me, overall. In particular, I could see the ending with the dude in the closet from a mile away. In fact, I've read the exact same scenario in more than one screenplay over the years. I'd say it's cliche, but I do have to wonder how prevalent a device it really is beyond my own personal experiences.

I'm not crazy about the concept, but I think there's a way you could spin it as something of a deranged, pitch black rom-com. You might be hard-pressed to do so, as the subject matter is particularly grim, but I'm hesitant to say it's not possible. In any case, the execution falls short of that and comes off much more as an erotic thriller with perhaps some goofy dialogue here and there. There seems to be much more focus on the violence than on humor or even the absurdity of the situation, and the reactions between the couple are more lust and exhilaration than romance.

I'd suggest a reevaluation of tone and tightening up the writing itself. Beyond that, I wasn't particularly stoked on this one and think it's a little too much of a stretch as far as meeting the criteria of the challenge.

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irish eyes
Posted: February 4th, 2019, 3:44pm Report to Moderator
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There`s too much blood in my alcohol

Upstate New York
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Entertaining yes

As far removed from a ROMCOM as possible

good job on entering

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Cam Gray
Posted: February 4th, 2019, 3:59pm Report to Moderator

23 Mu Muís in an ice cream van...

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A brain sits there, it contemplates the challenge in front of it.

Romcom you say?

The brain whirs through its memory banks, stops briefly at How To Train Your Dragon, before it reaches Slashercore V: Return of the Slashy Thing.

Thatíll work...

Itís actually really well written, this. It flowed and was visually tidy and a good, fast read. The genre, however, is sooooo far off romcom itís actually kinda funny.

Would actually like to read some of your other stuff, and to see what you could do outside of the blood and gore, but as the challenge goes I think this comfortably missed the mark.

Good luck,


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Posted: February 4th, 2019, 4:34pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Writer,

Well written, but not a rom com. Not at all.

All the best.

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Sandra Elstree.
Posted: February 4th, 2019, 5:49pm Report to Moderator
Old Timer

What if the Hokey Pokey, IS what it's all about?

Bowden, Alberta
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You have a good title and logline.

You're story could have had so much potential, but you completely ignored the parameters of the challenge.

It's not funny or fair, really.

You could have done very well with the premise and I thought it was intriguing until you went and took it in a direction that really let me down.

I did note, when I was still going to take notes, that they had met in a yucky alley. Hookers usually are on "certain" street corners depending on the city. How are they going to get any customers hiding in a yucky old alley? Business is all Location, location, location.


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Matthew Taylor
Posted: February 5th, 2019, 8:22am Report to Moderator
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Shakespeare's county
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Hello writer

I think I have lost count of the amount of entries that have the roses and chocolate already there, in the opening scene, just as props - hope they play a bigger part later on.

I'm not feeling the romance so far - they have just got to his house and the set up is for some kind of murder/horror - I hope you don't take this in that direction, I'm hoping for more of a 'Pretty Woman' kind of thing...

Would a hooker be that trusting of a stranger not to get her money first?

Zach isn't very nice.

oh look attempted murder lol where's the romance?

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Iím gonna eat your heart you
fuckiní whore!

Just what every Rom-Com needs lol

Now we have gone from attempted murder to actual murder

Well... it's different.

Outside of the challenge, I like it - Two psycho murderers try to kill each other but are united in their mutual psycho-ness.

Inside the challenge, I don't think this one fits.

Well done on your entry


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Posted: February 7th, 2019, 2:06pm Report to Moderator

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So, the whole time I'm thinking, "as soon as he said that, she'd be gone." But, then you explain why that works. So, okay, no problem there.

But, romcom? Like a few others I have read, I can see your argument. But, I wholly disagree.

To me, the challenge is to write something you are uncomfortable with, not twist the genre to what you are comfortable with.

I probably would have liked this better for a different challenge, but when I'm expecting a romcom, and I get 2 psychos trying to kill each other... it doesn't matter how you wrap it up... because I'd be at the ticket window 10 minutes in - asking for a refund.

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