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PostSubject: Wrong Train to Brimstone   Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:02 pm

It's August 1 so time to start another episode discussion. (But of course previous episodes can continued to be discussed.) Up this month: Wrong Train to Brimstone.

Is it a quest? Well, the boys do start off searching for a way out of town. The train makes its journey; the story is filled with twists and turns... What plot types do you see here? Let's hear some ideas!

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PostSubject: Re: Wrong Train to Brimstone   Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:17 pm

I'd love to hear folks ideas on this one. To me it doesn't really fit any of the classic genres very well.

Quest -- well sort of the quest to avoid getting recognized, to avoid getting caught? To save the Devil's Hole Gang? Maybe, but no one is really central to the plot.

Overcoming the monster -- maybe a better fit. But what exactly is the monster? The Bannerman Agency's goal to catch Heyes, Curry and the Devil's Hole Gang? Dont' see that as really describing this story either.

It doesn't fit the classic definition of a comedy, although it is one.

Maybe a journey -- after all, the boys go on a physical journey and make the journey of realizing that there are lines they won't cross in getting their amnesty -- they won't sacrifice their old gang to get it.

Maybe instead of looking at the classic definitions for this one, we should look at other literary devices. Is the Bannerman Agency sting a maguffin? It certainly is the plot driver.

Would love to hear other's ideas on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Wrong Train to Brimstone   Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:59 pm

riders57 wrote:
I'd love to hear folks ideas on this one. To me it doesn't really fit any of the classic genres very well.

Quest -- well sort of the quest to avoid getting recognized, to avoid getting caught? To save the Devil's Hole Gang? Maybe, but no one is really central to the plot.
Perhaps the quest could be seen in a larger sense. That is, the quest was for the boys to figure out how they would navigate all the treacherous possibilities they would face on their journey to amnesty. They had to determine whether they would be on the side of law and order or whether loyalty to their outlaw friends was more important.

Overcoming the monster -- maybe a better fit. But what exactly is the monster? The Bannerman Agency's goal to catch Heyes, Curry and the Devil's Hole Gang? Dont' see that as really describing this story either.
I can see the monster being temptation: Will they fall back into their outlaw ways when a difficult situation presents itself? Or will they stay on the straight and narrow--on the side of the law, which in their previous lives certainly would have been considered monstrous.

It doesn't fit the classic definition of a comedy, although it is one.
I agree it's not a classic comedy. And I don't really see much humor, either, except at the beginning and end of the episode.

Maybe a journey -- after all, the boys go on a physical journey and make the journey of realizing that there are lines they won't cross in getting their amnesty -- they won't sacrifice their old gang to get it.
Very true.

Maybe instead of looking at the classic definitions for this one, we should look at other literary devices. Is the Bannerman Agency sting a maguffin? It certainly is the plot driver.
Even after all these years and after reading definitions, I'm still not quite sure what a McGuffin really is. So I can't respond to this remark. Embarassed

Would love to hear other's ideas on it.
I would, too!

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