Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Post-Modern Novel Breaks New Ground.
A new work by author John Problem - 'The Search for Gabriella' - has recently been published. The novel is described as a mystery/romance/adventure/time travel quest, and unusually, contains two screenplays in addition to the normal text. Because of its originality, the work has been described as post-modern although the author insists the book is 'simply a good read.' A reviewer on amazon said: “This book is unusual - set in different time periods with different sets of characters, but the theme that runs through it is really clever and keeps you hooked til the end”.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Almost every action/adventure movie has a bar-room brawl. 'The Search for Gabriella' is a novel but also features two screenplays, one with a bar-room brawl. Here it is, from the screenplay 'Tancred', set in renaissance Venice:
The door to the tavern is thrown open. The drunks have returned with reinforcements.
SIEGFRIED: Look at that, now.
ORSO: There's a thing.
VIOLETTA: I'll accept your offer this time, gentlemen. But don't let them damage my chair.
SIEGFRIED: Why don't you move it out of the way?
VIOLETTA: Because it's screwed down. Come, boy.
She and the boy stand back and watch. During the brawl that follows, the golden chair is in great danger of being hit by flying chairs, staggering drunks, men who have been hit hard or thrown by Siegfried or Orso; but each time, in the nick of time, it is saved by them. Also at risk, but protected with great dexterity, is the bottle of wine which loses a few drops, but no more, despite being picked up, put down, and thrown between Siegfried and Orso at dangerous moments in the fighting. The brawl continues until Siegfried and Orso are the last left standing - in front of the chair, Siegfried holding the wine bottle.
THE BOY: Whew!