As I approached the end of the first draft of my posting-a-story-on-my-blog-as-a-serial, writing endeavour, I still hadn’t uncovered ANYTHING of the story arc past the suspenseful ending of the first episode. I gave up trying and decided to wait for inspiration, divine or otherwise, present itself on the premise that it would either be the shortest serial in history, or the most spectacular.
Then I hurt my knee. The kind of hurt where the bottom end of the thighbone grinds into the top end of the shinbone.
Given my ‘druthers’ I’d sit at my desk for hours a’writin’ and a’researchin’ on my computer, but when I have to sit for hours because of the, “Keep your leg elevated and ice that knee regularly,” advice from my doctor … well, that’s a whole ‘nuther kettle of kittens!
Which brings us round to my mini film-festival I’d decided to indulge in … erm … undertake, in order to not go stir-crazy. As I scrolled through a list of available DVD’s, I came across ‘Kill Bill, Vol I and Volume II’. I’ve often been intrigued by the attention Quentin Tarantino films have garnered over the years … and I thought, “Why not?” … so I watched both movies, and ‘Pulp Fiction’, as well as ‘Inglorious Basterds’.
He isn’t my favourite film director, not by a long shot. Apart from all the gore and violence, I’m not into his genre. But I’d figured enough time had passed for the hoopla and controversy surrounding them to dissipate, at least in my mind.
Yes, there was gore and violence. I expected that, (the beauty of a DVD player is the ‘mute’ and ‘fast forward’ options) what I didn’t expect was how compelling the movies were. I had to pay attention to what I was watching.
I’m sure reams have been written that dissect his work, and I’m not going to go anywhere near that, because that’s not what I’m here for.
So, now, at the end of this post, I bring together the thread of looking for inspiration for where my serial is going to go, and the answer the question I posed in the title of this post; ‘What Would Quentin Tarantino do?
He’d mess with your mind, that’s what!
“The good ideas will survive” – Quentin Tarantino, film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and actor.