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Virgin Circus Clowns Shooting at Cops in Low Speed Chase February 26, 2012

Posted by bobv451 in e-books, movies, writing.
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How you open a story is important. Really important. Vital. The title catches the reader’s imagination and then your first sentence or two has to drag the reader along (that ever-so-famous hook) until so much time has been spent wondering what’s going on that the commitment to read the rest is easy to make.

Scott told me about a YA book with the first line: The forest was silent except for the screaming.

What a wonderful beginning! And I was watching foreign vampire films (because I woke up at 3 in the morning and couldn’t get back to sleep–aside: I think the first sleep, second sleep notion is bunk. I do better with straight through sleep and less well the next day if my sleep is interrupted.) Lips of Blood was, uh, interesting, but Jean Rollins’ Requiem for a Vampire had the opening I alluded to in the blog title.

The chase scene goes on for about ten minutes, and in typical French fashion, it has nothing to do with anything else in the movie, which is about vampires and haunted castles and I have no idea what more. In a way, the opening is a cheat because you never find out why the women are dressed as clowns, what crime they have committed, why they are willing to kill the cops and who the driver was of their car who is shot dead by the police (how this happens is as much a mystery as the plot itself).

But as impervious to American logic as the movie is, no matter how much the vampire is in serious need of an orthodontist, that opening is a classic. I had to watch to see what was coming next.

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