When infidelity is portrayed in movies, novels, or made for-TV dramas, cheaters are the tortured protagonists—sexy taboo breakers compelled by Forces Greater Than Themselves to love the forbidden Other. Tragic affairs are the stuff of pathos and romance. Oh, the crushing indecision, being torn between two lovers, thwarted by the cruel, cruel forces of monogamy. Poor cheaters. All they seek is happiness. And can you fault happiness?
Left offstage, standing in the curtain’s shadow, is the chump—the Obstacle to Happiness.
(Familiar? It’s the intro to my book.)
Hello Obstacles! How’s that narrative working for you? Crushed any dreams lately? Or are you perfecting your powers of dull sexless obstinance?
Chumps need better PR. Somehow we’re always the losers in those complicated love rhombuses. Or the villain. (Come on, we deserved falling down that mining shaft.)
Today’s Fun Friday Challenge is to write your own elevator pitch for a better chump story. Oh sure we could bitch about Hollywood’s star-crossed Schmoopie obsession, but what they don’t know is that if you REALLY want narrative arc — try throwing the bastard out and starting over.
Why don’t you write it, Tracy?
Got this day job and a blog, Hon. But go ahead and pitch me, as the network execs say!
An elevator pitch is a storyline just long enough to share while trapped in an elevator. Like 30 seconds. Pithy.
Rewrite the narrative!
Star-crossed Schmoopies go for hike, take selfie with bear, are devoured, and become social media sensations posthumously.