That Geoff Ryman Story

Here’s that copy of Geoff Ryman’s “Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter” as promised last week. I’d be interested in hearing what you have to say about it, in contrast to “The Ghost Child” by Minsoo Kang.

Be ready to critique both Sora’s and Myoung Seon’s stories on Wednesday morning. We’ll talk about KAng’s stories a little more — well, you will — and I will discuss some more creative writing techniques I want you to work on, with an exercise or two.

Also, remember that your homework is due on 18 May: you have to do the following:

  1. Create a plot summary, point by point, for Shakespeare’s Othello (one version online is here, or download it for your phone/PC in any format you like, from ePub to PDF, here),
  2. Draw a plot arc for the play, and then write the most major plot points onto it, and
  3. Draw character arcs for three important characters in the story. You can choose from Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Roderigo, Emilia, and Cassio.

Here’s a well-acclaimed modernized version of the play, with Othello and Iago as cops in London, aired on ITV in 2001. (According to Wikipedia, “Scripted by Andrew Davies. Directed by Geoffrey Sax. Starring Eamonn Walker, Christopher Eccleston and Keeley Hawes”):

  • Othello (AVI format file, no subtitles)

(The file is (SLOWLY) uploading now, I’ll add a link when I have one to give you.)

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