Sunday, March 5, 2006

Historical novel idea

So here's this idea for a new historical "what-if" novel I've been working on.

The Revolutionary War is won not by the colonists, but by Britain. As a result, the world in 2006 is quite different than it would have been if the United States had broken away. Actually, it's not. The only difference is that coupons have a cash value of 1/20 p. I'm having problems spinning this thing into 300 pages.

6 comments:

regis said...

the spelling might be different. perhaps that could underly your plot.

Sara said...

I remember when I first watched Frasier (when it first hit the UK, many moons ago), and I kept wondering if he was part English, by his accent.

Then I realised he was just posh. I guess posh people are pretty much the same on both sides of the pond.

Dara said...

I can smell a SCREENPLAY!

Peter Taylor said...

Yes, I can see it now. Instead of "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" winning an academy award, "It can be quite difficult out in the world for a procurer of prostitutes to make a living wage" would have won instead.

Jon said...

Word, dawg.

metamerist said...

"The only difference is that coupons have a cash value of 1/20 p."

Impossible. This would necessarily simplify tax planning for Mr. and Mrs. Gwyneth Paltrow.