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Okay, from Ain't It Cool News via Metafilter we have the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Story Conference, which is the original 1978 story conference between George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Laurence Kasdan where they plotted it out.

Now, I'm sure many people want to talk about the creative process, and screenwriting, and how action films work. Unfortunately, this journal is currently exclusively for talking about sex and food...or so it seems. So I'm just going to quote this bit, on the backstory they initially imagined for Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood:

G — I was thinking that this old guy could have been his mentor. He could have known this little girl when she was just a kid. Had an affair with her when she was eleven.

L — And he was forty-two.

G — He hasn't seen her in twelve years. Now she's twenty-two. It's a real strange relationship.

S — She had better be older than twenty-two.

G — He's thirty-five, and he knew her ten years ago when he was twenty-five and she was only twelve. It would be amusing to make her slightly young at the time.

S — And promiscuous. She came onto him.

G — Fifteen is right on the edge. I know it's an outrageous idea, but it is interesting. Once she's sixteen or seventeen it's not interesting anymore. But if she was fifteen and he was twenty-five and they actually had an affair the last time they met. And she was madly in love with him

...........my soul hurts. I'm not sure I have any comment, except that, uh, that was the first thing I shipped! I have fanfiction from when I was 9 lying around somewhere! I saw Crystal Skull three times in the cinema mostly due to my love of their relationship, despite JONESYYYY and certain tacky plot elements and JONESYYYY and the plot not really tying together and JONESYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

In any case! They have this dialogue in Raiders of the Lost Ark about how Marion was 'only a child' (her words) when they had the affair and I assumed that meant - emotionally, not actually. Uh, wow. I just....and that they considered eleven and twelve as okay? And used 'promiscuous' and 'affair' to describe a kid and a twenty five year old man? And...and....aaaugh.


Mar. 11th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Still around here, and still reading your lj. :)

I agree that it is intensely disturbing to see their lines of thought working in that way.



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