STATUS: Finally back in the office after my super long weekend. Yep, piles of paper that need my attention. Actually, two contracts. One needs the final vet before sending to the author for signing and the other is awaiting a response from the house Contracts Manager. Digging right in.
What song is playing on the iPod right now? THANK YOU by Dido
I have to admit that this topic has bothered me for the longest time, and I’m finally getting around to giving it a good rant.
I’m nixing all manuscripts that have winning the lottery as a plot device. No more. Lay this tired ole topic down (or shoot it).
This might work as a movie theme (a la Eddie Murphy in that rags to riches tale TRADING PLACES or something quirky like the Irish WAKING NED DEVINE) but as a novel plot element, it’s just blah.
Usually the queries received revolve around one character winning the lottery and that changes his or her life.
But there really isn’t anything all that interesting in the premise. It’s not a great vehicle for exploring character development or an interesting tool to explore a human conflict.
It is, however, a nice, worn out plot device.
I’m not kidding when I say that the majority of “winning the lottery” queries we receive have an outline that looks like this:
1. Main character wins lotto
2. Character becomes irresponsible and materialistic
3. Alienates family, lover, colleague or all in various order
4. Must learn the true meaning of life (which usually means something like money can’t buy you love or happiness)
Sign me up for that one. Not.