Friday, February 14, 2014

Adjectivalized Planets

Producer listening to scriptwriter pitch a plot…

Producer: OK, OK. Sounds good. But how about characters? Tell me, WHO drives the story and WHAT do they represent?

Scriptwriter: Martin the messenger is mercurial, Virginia the Valkyrie is venusian, Erna the Eritrean is earthy, Mad Max is martian, Jake the Jabberwocky is jovian, Sergei the seer is saturnine, Uhuru the ululator is uranian, Nathan the nefarious negotiator is neptunian and Pierre the psycho is plutonian.

Producer: Hmm. Characters standing as planetary metaphors. Could be something in it. But who is the Sun?
A heliocentric cast of characters: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Adjectivalized planets.

Based on a Babylonian broadcaster’s back-chat.

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