Destroying the World and Other Hazards of Writing
©copyright Robin Burcell
Surely my kids have something more grown-up on their shelves?
GOSSIP GIRL: Saving the world before hitting Fifth Avenue? The GG series is the series for the kids (at least it was before the economy went south). Even so, I’m having a hard time picturing this one…. Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick pulls on her Jimmy Choos, shoves her Glock into her Kate Spade purse, then dashes out the door of her luxury high rise apartment down to the street to her waiting private FBI limo (clearly before budget cuts), which zips her from the New York FBI field office to Fifth Avenue, where she investigates a deadly bunch of counterfeiting gang-bangers selling cheaply made Chinese imports of Louis Vuitton bags piled on a blanket at the street corner.
Believe it or not, that one actually holds promise—if you can get past the fact that Sydney would only be wearing those shoes and carrying that purse in an undercover capacity, because the FBI doesn’t pay that well. But when you think about how counterfeiting is actually funding terrorist organizations overseas, be it China, or the mideast, there is the potential of a plot here. Which makes me wonder just how many people buying those bags on that street corner falsely believe that they aren’t really harming anyone (besides perhaps the designer, who really wouldn’t be making a sale anyway, since who can even afford that stuff?). And therein lies the problem. Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. It would be interesting to follow the money and see what sort of operations are funded buying that LV bag…
I think I might just have the beginnings of a plot to my next book…
Now it’s your turn. What seemingly tame characters from children’s fiction can you twist into a deadly plot device? Peter Rabbit? Nancy Drew?