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Christmas Cliches

Jesus Christ. I am in the Boy's parent's house in the country, where we (the band) are meant to be recording stuff over the weekend, and lo, I get a message from my boss telling me that my big Christmas articles, which I assumed were due on the normal deadline day, Wednesday, are in fact due on Monday morning.

I don't. Fucking. Need this.

However, you nice people might be able to help me. I am writing an article on Christmas cliches from books, films and (British) soaps - i.e. If you are an evil miser, you will be shown the error of your ways and be blessed by tiny crippled orphans. That sort of thing. However, because I am a moron (and possibly demented by annoyance at the moment), my mind is a blank. I can think of very few of the above that feature Christmas at all. I have the obvious ones, of course, like A Christmas Carol and It's Wonderful Life (sniff! Sorry, the final scene of that film makes me cry like a baby). But any more suggestions will be gratefully received.

Oh, and thanks to angiv and riarambles who have been a great help already via AIM!


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Dec. 14th, 2002 04:40 am (UTC)
Sarkycat just gave me some more:

Person with "malady of the month" will die just before Christmas, thus uniting the warring factions of his/her family.

Small boys from single-parent families will find puppy, inevitably finding a new partner for said single-parent.

Divorced couples will get back together for the sake of the children.
Dec. 14th, 2002 06:19 am (UTC)
damn. i really wish i could help, but i'm all "bah humbug" and tend to avoid xmas stuff as much as possible. i'll mention it to the boy later though. he is filmgeek and knows all.
Dec. 14th, 2002 08:37 am (UTC)
Long-suffering wage-earner doesn't have to work on Christmas after all! (Variant: soldier/sailor returns unexpectedly on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning). I don't know that it's useful for your article, but they used this storyline on both Frasier and Friends this past week.

Poor child freezes to death outside of rich family's window (Hans Christian Andersen version) or is noticed and taken in at the last moment (modern version with less dying children).

Family gives up their Christmas dinner and/or new Christmas toys to a poor family. Carolling ensues. (A classic, from Little Women on down).

And a variation on Angiv/Sarkycat's "dead relative reunites warring family factions": flood/twister/snowstorm causes warring town/village/family members to unite to save trapped children/dog/elderly person. This was always on the "Little House on the Prairie" TV show.

Good Luck!

Dec. 14th, 2002 09:15 am (UTC)
The Gift of the Magi cliche: poor married coupole sacrifices everything for each other's gift, only to find that their partner has traded away the thing that would make their gift useful(clip for hair, chain for watch)
Dec. 14th, 2002 01:04 pm (UTC)
EastEnders clichés:
- There'll always be a fight on Christmas day.
- Somebody will either die unexpectedly or make a miraculous recovery from their deathbed.
- On/Off lovers will make up specially for Christmas day, reuniting families over christmas lunch and much booze.
- or the flip side of that one - divorce and splitting up families.

I think most of them can go for Casualty and Holby City as well.
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