Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Put a Cell Phone in It
At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉
I've done a lot of cell phone hating on this blog. In a classroom, they are a distraction. But, there are also so many benefits of having one. I know I enjoy mine.
I've been outlining a story. (My writing hasn't been happening for a while, so slow outlining is good.) It takes place in the future. And I've been working out how cell phones function in the story. But that's not the only reason this is on my mind.
So, today's question: What if they had cell phones?
And I'm being very general. There was a thing on Twitter a while back about ruining a well-known story by including a cell phone. (Alas, I can't remember the hashtag to link to it.) There are also some fun articles with this idea. (This is fun: "23 Famous Movie Plots Easily Solved by Text Messages".) So, "they" can be whatever you want--old movie plot, old novel plot, your current WIP...