Cover of Grease 2
I’m not going to lie to you guys, I wrote a sequel to Guys and Dolls in high school. It will never see the light of day because it’s terrible but I wrote it because I wanted to see more of those characters and see where they ended up after the curtain fell. I guess that was my one and only brush with fan fiction. But it brings up an interesting discussion.
Sequels and prequels are big business at the movies and a series is the secret to success when it comes to books and video games too. So why aren’t there more follow-ups on the stage? Right now, sequels are rare in theatre though rumors that shows like Hairspray and Phantom of the Opera are getting sequels in the near future may mean this trend is about to reverse.
Personally, I’ve always felt like sequels on the stage, at least the ones I’ve been exposed to like Nunsense and Grease, are just a pale imitation of the original, a lazy way for someone to cash in twice on the same idea. (Except for my Guys and Dolls 2, of course, which is pure gold. ) Read more. . . »
Script Frenzy 2009: Liverpool Write-In, Day One (Photo credit: thespyglass)
As we discussed at length last week, Script Frenzy has been cancelled
and I was annoyed
but I’ve come to peace with it. But when one door closes, another opens and I’m excited to keep the Screnzy alive unofficially through Camp NaNoWriMo
But before we get to that, I want to take a moment to talk to my fellow Script Frenzy members.
Thank you for your enthusiasm, your passion, and your talents. Thank you whether you signed up and never actually participated or whether you were one of the event’s most outspoken supporters. Thank you for writing 100 pages every year or never actually managing to finish your script by the deadline. Because Script Frenzy was small on the local level, it made for a larger, world-wide community with writers from all over the world at our online events and I truly thank you no matter where you are for sharing in this crazy writing frenzy. I loved this event, small as it was, and each of you were a part of that. I will miss writing with you. Read more. . . »
The Script Frenzy logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By now most of you will have heard the news but for those that haven’t: Script Frenzy has been cancelled. I promised you back in this post that we’d discuss this more and I haven’t yet because, frankly, the whole thing leaves a terrible taste in my mouth. I still love The Office of Letter and Light and I’ll continue to support them monetarily and as a volunteer with NaNoWriMo, none of that has changed. But I am unhappy with how this all went down. (The staff at The Office of Letters and Light knows how I feel about this because we’ve talked about it already so I’m not dropping any bombs here, don’t worry.) The following is just my personal opinion and doesn’t reflect on anyone or thing else. Read more. . . »