Serial and Milk
Remember when you were little and you used to go to the movies, you would pay ten cents for your ticket and a nickel for your popcorn, then amble in, find your seat and watch the exciting adventures play out from the week before?
No? Wrong decade, huh?
Well, coming up in the wrong decade didn’t stop George Lucas when he took the serial aesthetic and threw it on the big screen in 1977, and that first success flowed straight into another when he teamed up with Spielberg a few years later to pour some more serial with Indiana Jones.
Serialized fiction is wonderful. Today, some of our favorite TV shows are fine examples of exactly that. Sopranos, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Dexter, The Shield, Veronica Mars, the The Wire and (drool) LOST. There’s something about ending on a cliffhanger and starting with a bang that rolls our blood to a boil.
When we were designing the Inkwell, we knew for certain that we wanted to play with some fiction, and this old school format that’s been around since The Illiad and The Odyssey seemed to be the perfect mechanism. Now that I’m a writer I know just what to do.
Next week, and every Friday thereafter, the Inkwell will publish a fresh installment of a serialized story. Our first installment is a horror tale that’s been buzzing in David Wright’s brain for more than two decades. It was gathering dust when he decided to pitch it to me for fun to see what I could do with it.
The collaborative effort of both of our voices have jolted this monster to life and we can’t wait to unleash it on the world. We’ll talk a bit about the story behind the story next Thursday as an appetizer.
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Question: What is your favorite example of serialized fiction and why?
See you Monday.