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proposal for BIG project

Vanessa B.Posted by Vanessa B. 15 Mar, 2010 05:06PM

I need ideas on how to take this further. I would like to make this into a long novel, like the librarians revenge sort of length. I dont really have any ideas of timescales yet but I think it would be best if it wasn't one.

This is a very vague sypnosis for my novel, I would appriciate you ideas based on this:

- a woman who is about 16 or 17 and her family are very strong protestants. it is set around the eary years of Mary Tudors reign, but some of the prolougue is before this in the later years of henry 8ths reign when the whole of england of .

- the woman and her family are thrown into a prison, from which they are to be burned at the stake for refusing to reform to catholicism. The story takes place over a few days.

- she is in one cell on her own, and there is royal guards outside of the cell. After a long plight and struggle, she is in the cell but is crying and screaming - like a baby.

- one of the guards is about the same age as her, forced to work in service to the queen of face the same punishment.

- like one of those love at first sight moments, they fall in love, like romeo & juliet. they see eachother accross a crowded room, the whole prdictable love story. they vow through the bars of her cell to get her and her family out of this place.

- like in Dan Browns work, the whole right to the knuckle, the future of humanity depends on it sort of descision, they risk their lives to save their family from being burned at the stake.

- they manage to escape and save their family from death at Marys hands. They all live happily ever after (like a twisted faily tale) and the main woman and get married and kids and all that lardy daa.

Posted by Jax Burgoyne 24 Mar, 2010 12:28AM

I mean 'there were'. As in the past. Bad me.

Posted by Jax Burgoyne 24 Mar, 2010 12:27AM

I like the idea! And don't be put off by Geoff's comments but take them into account as they're useful.

You may find it helpful to read a few other books set in the period to help you get an idea of how they talked then (if the authors got it right lol) and also what kinds of technologies and other such things there are.

Posted by Martin Oakshaft 23 Mar, 2010 07:42PM

its really good to hear some enthusiasm about another BIG STORY!!! i think that we need to get our heads together and give this some thought.

i also get your reference to Dan brown.. the plot style, not necceserily(sp?) his writing style (but then again, there is no need to flame an authour anyway)

as for your idea.. it definitely shows promise. if we were to use your idea we would definitely have to have someone who knows the historical side of things (and i admit that i do not!), just for istorical accuracy. im guessing that all our input/characters would have to be "tweaked" in order to "fit" into the context of the era. tricky, but not impossible.

it really is a great idea, Vanessa, and full kudos for proposing it. im thinking that we could also throw more Big Story ideas into the pot and see what happens. id suggest that you keep writing notes as you think more about the plot and characters (not worrying about hstorical accuracy yet or how it "sounds" like another author - dont let that put you off!). if your idea does not come into fruition as the next biggie, then id also suggest that you go for it and writ it yourself :D

...and while im here...

i really think that before we embark on the next project, we really ought to finish TLR. we need to find all the typos and "mistakes" and possibly minor re-writing of the third book (i think its great as it is, but some feedback says otherwise), personally, i think that once that is done, we should go mental promoting the "finished" version.

Thank you for forging ahead with a new book idea... its possibly something that we should all be tinking about doing.


Posted by Anne D. 18 Mar, 2010 05:15PM

i like the idea but dan brown is a pile of gobshite

Posted by Geoffrey Bunting 15 Mar, 2010 06:41PM

A couple of points: Firstly, setting part of the novel slightly before Mary I's reign would put it in Edward VI's and/or Lady Jane Grey's not Henry VIII's. Also, burning at the stake was an extremely rare thing in England, and certainly wouldn't be by order of the monarch. It was only really in rural Europe that burnings took place fo heresy and even that was very rare. Lastly, if the Queen were to imprison anyone for any reason they would have to be, not only, of high birth but they would also be sent to the Tower of London and bars weren't really the thing there.

Also, working as a royal guard was an esteemed post and wouldn't really be a punishment of any sort and how you could make the future of humanity depend on the outcome- I do not know, and one would hope it was nothing like Dan Brown's literature (and I use that term very loosely).