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 Post subject: Open Topics?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:24 pm 
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I'm looking for ideas for an open for next year. :? I need it to be something that would be good for a guy who is going to be 14 by the next competitive season. I would like it to be something not done before or done a lot. If you all could help that would be great.

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:27 am 
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Well there is this best selling book that has caused a lot of controversy recently it even got made into a movie. Have you thought about that?

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
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CalebAshley wrote:
Well there is this best selling book that has caused a lot of controversy recently it even got made into a movie. Have you thought about that?
Don't you even.... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:36 am 
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Can I get some real ones. :lol: :lol: :x

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:32 pm 
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Something by O henry might be good. He has some more humorous pieces like the ransom of red chief, but he also has some serious stories.


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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:08 pm 
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Those look like they have potential. :shock: Thanks for telling me. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
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Go to wherever you keep your children's books and randomly pick one off the shelf. This works.

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:37 pm 
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Go to wherever you keep your children's books and randomly pick one off the shelf. This works.


What if the book you pick is 50 Shades of Grey?

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
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CalebAshley wrote:
Hammy wrote:
Go to wherever you keep your children's books and randomly pick one off the shelf. This works.


What if the book you pick is 50 Shades of Grey?

A. Hope that your parents don't keep that on the kids bookshelf.
B. Do the forward.

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:33 pm 
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I know a lot of people like to get suggestions from others for interps, but in my experience, the speech is more meaningful to you (and consequently, probably more successful) if you already love the book or subject. It's more enjoyable for you if you have an attachment to the book. So, I'd suggest just trying to find a book you already like instead of asking others what books they like (plus you're less likely to choose a book that others have done multiple times before this way).

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
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Flannery O'Connor. Please. Someone needs to do an interp on one of her short stories.

The downside is, O'Connor is known for her shockingly violent endings, which she claimed (and I believe) comports with a Christian view of grace and redemption. So it'd take some explanation, but I'd love to see someone try.

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 Post subject: Re: Open Topics?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:31 pm 
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Yes, what mendicant said. And to be more broad, don't just stop at Flannery O'Connor. Read a lot of short stories from multiple authors. They're easier to cut by default and give you lots of room for interpreting lesser known works rather than just rehashing Twain, Austen, and Shakespeare pieces. Judges will appreciate the originality.

A great source for short stories is Ray Bradbury, one of the most prolific short fiction writers in the 20th century. He's written hundreds of stories, many of which would make for great interps. Even better, they work especially well in Open because of their uniqueness. It can be a lot of fun fitting into his characters and there's a ton of room for creative potential. I've seen an Open on one of his pieces in which a giant alien spider was the main character ("A Matter of Taste," from The Cat's Pajamas), and I did one in which the main character is a Martian forced to invade Earth and is terrified by the meaningless existence he finds ("The Concrete Mixer," from The Illustrated Man). I made it to Nats with that piece.

So look him up. The potential is endless. Whatever you do, try to find a piece that's unique.

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