In an attempt to narrow my focus, I have selected 10 narratives that I have created within the last few years. By examining these 10 narratives I hope to find recurring themes, characters, and narrative structures. This process is meant to reveal what I have been drawn to in my storytelling, and provide me with themes that I may wish to explore more deeply in fourth year.
I will start by introducing each story with a brief plot summary:
Fashion Ghost – A sassy ghost, who has everything handed to her, learns that hard work is the only way to produce something meaningful. In her case that meaningful thing is a line of clothing that is visible to the living.
Rapunzel – A boy-crazy Rapunzel is sitting in her tower reading Teen magazines when a prince discovers and befriends her. To impress him she cuts her hair, not realizing that that was the only way for him to enter her tower.
Grease – A girl refuses to kiss her co-star, a slug-man, in their high school musical. However, after getting to know him, the girl falls for him and, on opening night, they proudly kiss in front of a horrified audience. Seeing the reaction of the audience the girl recoils in disgust and leaves the slug-man alone on stage.
Seagull Boy – A mischievous boy is convinced that he can transform into a seagull, but it appears that he may be making this up as a means to escape into a world where he is not teased at school.
Libra – A bratty boy dies and arrives in an afterlife waiting room only to discover that his files say he was not supposed to die for another 70 years. A mishmash of disgruntled weirdos make it their mission to return the boy to Earth by traveling through a world filled with religious contradiction, while they are pursued by an organization trying to cover up their mistake.
Banana – A idealistic, wealthy girl reluctantly attends debutante-type parties to find a suitor, but she has little interest in settling down. After being discovered at one of these parties by The Feminist-Lazer-Ponytail-Brigade, an organization she had joined in secret a year earlier, she is hunted down in attempts to exterminate her. Meanwhile, she clumsily explores working-class culture but is unable to locate her place within any of these realms of society.
Bladder – A man must confront his sadistic, controlling bladder in order to leave the washroom.
Oh Man – A macho monster is caught off guard when he is attracted to a woman’s purse. When he eventually tries it on, he explodes into a sparkly mess.
The Consumers – The Consumers, an alien race, are sent to Earth to devour the magical strings attached to the top of every human head that keep the planet from crashing into the sun. However, the naive and exuberant, Harriett, and her new alien friends rescue the planet from its fiery end with the help of Harriett’s extremely long golden locks.
The GingerBred Boys – The GingerBred Boys, a detective squad of gingers, Tor, Oscar, and Randy, chase a missing cat into the ocean and discover that a Rainbow Witch is flooding their town with her tears because she has been separated from her body by the evil mermaid king, Glen Schroeder. After discovering that the GingerBred Boys themselves are just fragments of Tor’s personality, Tor decides that united they can defeat Glen, but Oscar thinks differently and kills Randy…