11 November 2006
Stranger Than Fiction
Last night I saw the movie Stranger Than Fiction. The "high concept" premise is: "what if a character in a novel starts to hear the author's narrative?" Because of the idea of the movie, it's fun for writers. For example, in one scene, a literature professor (Dustin Hoffman) interviews the "character" in the novel (Will Ferrell) and tries to figure out what book he is in. He asks questions like, "Do you have any magical powers?", "On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely is it that someone is trying to assassinate you?", and "Are you the king of anything—i.e. a hidden land under the floorboards of your house, etc.?" As a writer, the questions made sense to me right away, but they, of course, baffled Will Ferrell's character. If you get a chance, you might want to check this movie out.