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Posted: May 19th, 2010, 7:10pm Report to Moderator

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The Butcher's Daughter by Anonymous - Short, Drama - A butcher's daughter falls in love with a vegan. - pdf, format

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Posted: May 19th, 2010, 8:02pm Report to Moderator

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Now this is more like it. Very strong in the drama category and tweaks the nipples of the theme much like the fellow did for Freedomworks.

Thought the dialogue was good, the character development was good and the conflict seemed real on several points.

I do think, however, that Bernard's reaction was a bit over the top. He takes this very personally. Why? Her decision doesn't really affect him all that much, other than not eating the steak sandwich. He came off a bit stereotypical. I half expected him to be cool with it in breaking of that stereotype...

I can understand, however, the altercation Bernard and Trevor after Trevor made the comment about Sandra's mom. That was low on his part, and deserved getting smacked.

The ending? I dunno- I can understand the wake up call for his character's journey, but to make such a drastic change in lively hood? I think him accepting Trevor and Sandra's lifestyle choice and maybe ordering something tofu related would be a more likely outcome.

Like my wife like's her steak; well done.

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Posted: May 19th, 2010, 8:25pm Report to Moderator
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This was good.  A couple things stood out to me:

I was having trouble buying that Bernard couldn't figure out that Sandra wasn't eating meat...and she lives under his roof.  Likewise, I also had trouble buying Bernard's disdain about the veganism.  Maybe I've lived in a fantasy world all my life or something, but it just seemed odd that he would reject Trevor because of his diet.  I guess in that sense it's kind of like a satire of life.  Happy ending, though the ultimate diet makeover seemed very sudden, but I guess when you have such a close brush with death then that could change you quite a bit.

Overall I liked this.  Nice job.

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Posted: May 19th, 2010, 8:31pm Report to Moderator
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This was just an overall solid story.  To whoever wrote it, I'm slightly jealous.  
You got skills.  I imagined the British actor Ray Winstone as Bernard and it really, really worked.


I'll be curious to find out who wrote this.  I definitely wanna read more of your scripts.  
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Posted: May 19th, 2010, 8:45pm Report to Moderator
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Finally, a feel-good story.  After reading all the tales of dog-chomping and apocalyptic futures, this provided a much needed break.  That said, I felt this was good, not great.  No surprises whatsoever.  I did find Bernard's instant hatred of Trevor a bit over the top.

But I found the formatting was on the money.  And the script was refreshingly free of the back and forth on the points of veg vs carn.  I appreciated not having to slog through yet another endless debate.

Well done for an OWC.

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Posted: May 19th, 2010, 8:47pm Report to Moderator
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This was well written, faithful to to the theme and genre, but...well, it seemed very cliched. It had all the key scenes of a typical TV drama. Nothing wrong with that but it seemed too ordered, I guess is the word I'm after. Maybe conveninet would be better.

The doctor's little lecture seemed banal and the ending a trite cozy.

Hey, i'm not slamming the script! It just didn't go out of it's comfort zone, that's all.

Good effort!

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Posted: May 19th, 2010, 9:11pm Report to Moderator
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A tongue-in-cheek tone added to life and death drama is a difficult mix and in this case, for me, it doesn't work.  The scenes are colorful and lively but the emotion is forced.  
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Posted: May 19th, 2010, 9:41pm Report to Moderator
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Well written, well conceived, well done!

Like Greg, I don't think it's great, because there are obviously some leaps in logic here, but for what it is, it's a great effort.

Nicely done!!

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Too the writer...

Definitely well written and clearly, another writer who took the challenge seriously.  No surprises, basic concept, played out the way you intended.  Stories like this, usually too cute for my taste... but I liked this one.


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Posted: May 20th, 2010, 2:10am Report to Moderator
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Definitely one of the better entries, a good solid effort. Very well written, no complaints there. The only thing I didn't like was the ending seemed a bit too forced and convenient. Maybe something less out of character would have worked better and been more realistic. But other than that I really enjoyed this one. Good job.

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I liked it! Had no trouble following it. Kudos.

The imagery of Bernard standing in the hospital alone was very moving and did help sell the bigger than needed ending.
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It's a good story and structurally it's sound to for me though I do think pacing is perhaps a little off. It's somehow leaves an impression of too fast too soon.

At first Sandra is not a vegan, then she became a vegan (probably a matter of opinion but somehow too quick for me) and decides to tell her dad about Trevor and her being together and about her becoming a vegan - a bit cluttered here, I think.
Another way is to have tell her by herself and then have Trevor and her dad have a talk? But maybe you tried that route and it doesn't read perfect...
--just an opinion, of course.

Here vegan seems out of place, the best for the story would be her becoming a vegetarian. A vegan - makes it a bit complicated.

But still a very nice idea, and well written too.

Then her dad accepts...

Maybe it needs more than just 15 pages and I imagine would be a slow read but that's the way these kind of dramas read. Maybe...

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I like the story for the most part, but Trevor's comment about Sandra's mother should have been the straw that broke the father's back, not just the vegan lifestyle.

I can see why the father changed livelihoods.  He's too tempted to eat the meat in his store given his weight problem.  While this doesn't mean that he becomes a vegan, he would be more likely to eat salads for lunch.

Nice to see that love can conquer disputes over diets.
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Posted: May 21st, 2010, 12:26am Report to Moderator
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This was a solid entry.  Good structure, decent ending.   I think it drifted toward melodrama when the father attacked Trevor.  I  had a hard time buying the father's attitude just because Trevor was a vegan.   It would seem he'd want his daughter to be happy.  I don't know, he just seemed a little too old fashioned for me.

But in the end, you tied it together nicely.
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Posted: May 21st, 2010, 12:36am Report to Moderator
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Awww....that's so sweet at the end. But it came to it a bit easy, don't you think?

I liked the flow of the story. A good setup, middle, and a resolution.

The introduction to Bernard was well-done. Gave me a mental picture of him straightaway.

The thing I don't understand is why Bernard is so against vegan. I thought vegan cannot eat meat, that's understandable. But why carnivores don't eat vegetables? And it's not like Bernard had to be vegan.

The conflict between Bernard and Trevor sound kinda soap opera-ish. Could've tighten up a bit to get a more tenser feel.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this. This is one of the better entries, which is quite rare in this OWC. Well done.


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