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LuLou  is currently offline LuLou
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As with the dangling plot thread thread, an attempt to start some talk while we wait for the new chapter.

Ellen has created a lot a characters for the Saga, and while a lot of them make regular appearances, some, like Shermy in Peanuts have just faded away. Who would you like to see again? Keep your list to no more than three if you can.

1 & 2. Gary and Davy ("My name's David!"). Realistically, there's no way their mom is going to let them anywhere near Val, but they were cute, and hey, Ricky's gotta show 'em his new dog!

3. Ellen. No, not the author, the character Ellen. She was dating Dan up until school started, and then just disappeared. We haven't seen her since, what, #77?

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Re: Forgotten characters [message #5926] Thu, 24 July 2008 18:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Perhaps we need to compile a dramatis personae first, so that we have some idea of who is coming and going. There are very, very many around, and unlike some writers, Ellen doesn't artificially give each character a unique personal name - there have been at least two Mikes and two Garys, off the top of my head.
Re: Forgotten characters [message #5928] Fri, 25 July 2008 05:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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But compiling a *useful* list without revealing info that Ellen wants to only be revealed by *reading* the stories is very, very difficult.

Re: Forgotten characters [message #5932] Fri, 25 July 2008 23:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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LuLou wrote on Wed, 23 July 2008 10:48

1 & 2. Gary and Davy ("My name's David!"). Realistically, there's no way their mom is going to let them anywhere near Val, but they were cute, and hey, Ricky's gotta show 'em his new dog!
Ricky and Ruffles have probably gotten together with Gary and Davy on a weekend day somewhere along the line. (Wonder if Debbie really did approach Cindy Upshaw about patient confidentiality, or just let Beth Parker pass along the implied threat. Either way, assuming Beth told Cindy what happened, I wonder if Cindy dared to get back into the records to confirm the medical part of the story.)

LuLou, continued

3. Ellen. No, not the author, the character Ellen. She was dating Dan up until school started, and then just disappeared. We haven't seen her since, what, #77?

#91, actually. She was carrying items into the house for Tuck's party on September 13. She didn't stay overnight, and from Tuck's description didn't seem all that enthusiastic about being there in the first place. If inviting her was an attempt to get her back in the Pack/Boyz orbit after she and Dan had broken up, it most likely didn't work. While she was grateful for everyone's sympathy and assistance last spring (and she's not allergic to geeks, having dated both Tuck and Dan), I don't think she had a close friendship with any of the Pack except possibly Debbie, so it's not that surprising that she and Tuck haven't crossed paths lately.

I can't think of anyone that Ellen introduced that I expected to see a lot more of, except possibly Matt with his improv ability. (And that could still happen if/when the circumstances are right.) A longshot: Ivan Singley, martial arts expert, cosmetics teacher's son and a guy who a year ago apparently looked reasonably convincing in drag.

And it was looking for a while as though Ginger might be edging into the story, since she'd been at the 9/13 party and there were sections from her POV (albeit mostly passive ones) in the third-person section. But we haven't heard from her since Tuck resumed the narrative.

Eric
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Brooke wrote on Fri, 25 July 2008 02:27

But compiling a *useful* list without revealing info that Ellen wants to only be revealed by *reading* the stories is very, very difficult.



That's a good point. Hmmn. Even just a list of names could be troublesome. I hadn't considered that.
Re: Forgotten characters [message #5934] Sat, 26 July 2008 08:39 Go to previous message
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Eric wrote on Fri, 25 July 2008 20:51

LuLou wrote on Wed, 23 July 2008 10:48

1 & 2. Gary and Davy ("My name's David!"). Realistically, there's no way their mom is going to let them anywhere near Val, but they were cute, and hey, Ricky's gotta show 'em his new dog!
Ricky and Ruffles have probably gotten together with Gary and Davy on a weekend day somewhere along the line. (Wonder if Debbie really did approach Cindy Upshaw about patient confidentiality, or just let Beth Parker pass along the implied threat. Either way, assuming Beth told Cindy what happened, I wonder if Cindy dared to get back into the records to confirm the medical part of the story.)


Odds are that she can't get *at* those records. There's no reason they'd be accessible to her. Heck, large parts of the most relevant ones are quite *irrelevant* to treating Tuck for his injuries, and they may not have even been given to that hospital.

Anybody who works in medical and can give us a better idea of what would and wouldn't be at that hospital, assuming they aren't one that Doc Treble is associated with?
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