Kurt Vonnegut – On The Shapes Of Stories
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[Kurt Vonnegut – On The Shapes Of Stories]
…has created a body of work of startling eccentricity in universal appeal. His singular view of the world applies not just to his stories and characters, but to some of his theories as well.
[Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007)] Source: LYBIO.net
Well, there’s no reason why the Simple Shapes of Stories can’t be fed into computers. They are beautiful shapes. This is the G-I axis, good fortune, ill fortune, sickness and poverty down here, wealth and boisterous good health up there. Here is the very middle. Now this is the B-E axis. B stands for beginning, E stands for electricity. Now, this is an exercise in relativity really. It’s the shape of the curves what matters and not their origins.
So we’ll start little above average is, why, why get a depressing person. Let’s start, the whole thing, we call this story Man in Hole, but it needn’t be about a man, and it needn’t be about somebody getting into a hole, but it’s just a good way to remember it. Somebody gets into trouble, gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get sick of it. All right, now copyright it, another story also have beautiful curve and easily fed into a computer called Boy Gets Girl, but it needn’t be that, just a way to remember it. Start on an average day, average person, not expecting anything to happen, a day like any other. Finds something wonderful, just loves it. Oh god, dammit. Got it back again. People like that.
Now these are beautiful curves and this gets a little complicated, is computers cannot play chess, so I don’t know why they can’t digest this very difficult curve I’m going to draw for you now. It so happens, if this is the most popular story in our civilization, western civilization as we love to hear this story every time it’s retold, somebody makes another million dollars. You are welcome to do it.
Now surprisingly enough, I would say it’s depressing, people don’t like stories below – about below average days and people, but we are going to start way down here. Worse than that, who is so low, it’s a little girl. What’s happened, her mother has died, her father has remarried a vile-tempered ugly woman with two nasty daughters, big daughters. You’ve heard it, see.
Anyway there is a party at the palace that night, she can’t go. She has to help everybody else get ready, she has to stay home. Not that she sink lower, no, she is a staunch little girl and she has had the maximum quack from fate, which is the loss of her mother. She can’t go any lower than that.
[Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.] Source: LYBIO.net
Okay, so the fairy godmother comes, gives her shoes, gives her stocking, gives her mascara, gives her means of transportation. Goes to the party, dances with the prince, has a swell time. Boing, boing, boing, boing, boing, boing, boing, now there is a slight inclination to that line as I’ve drawn it because it takes perhaps 20 seconds, 30 seconds for a grandfather clock to strike 12. Does she wind up at the same level? Of course not. She will remember that dance for the rest of her life. Now, she poops along on this level till the prince comes and shoe fits, she achieves off-scale happiness.
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