Sunday, 27 November 2011

“If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.”

...said Kurt Vonnegut. As a writer, his work blends 'satire, gallows humour and science fiction.'

Satire, fine. Gallows favourite sort. Or one of them.

 Science fiction? Not my favourite genre when science fiction means Star Trek but Blade Runner...yes please, give me more.

The fact of the matter is, that a blend of satire, gallows humour and sci-fi WORKS.

Here is my latest commission:

A story for an animation series and accompanying book, in the style of Family Guy, that is for 6-8 year old children with the aim of encouraging social responsibility and good citizenship.

I had actually seen some excerpts of Family Guy - but I checked, just in case. I also sought the advice of other people.

Here is a sample of their opinions:

"think intellectually crude humor."

"Teenage guys watch it. It makes a lot of non sequitur and reference jokes, as well as using shock humour, occasionally attempting and failing to be satirical. South Park aims slightly higher."

"There are moments in Family Guy that are so politically and socially incorrect, I wonder how it gets on TV."

And this last one rather sums up the enormity of the task:

"That's like trying to write an animated Disney film in the style of a porno movie."

...or not, as the case might be.

I don't DO half-assed jobs. I always said I liked a challenge.