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Old June 30th, 2016, 08:20 PM   #1

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What are your thoughts on a story I'm writing about Alexander?

It's still in the early stages (I've only written a few pages), but I'm curious as to what the Historum community thinks of my idea for it.

The working title is "A Week in Marakanda", and it's basically a mostly fictionalised (but with several real events spread throughout) account of a regular week in the life of Alexander while he's in Marakanda. It incorporates several real historical events (although sometimes in reshuffled order so they all occur in this one week) like the disorganised and unsuccessful hunt for Spitamenes, Alexander's planning for invading India (despite the protests of all of his generals), the murder of Cleitus, the controversy regarding the act of prostration, as well as some fictionalised stuff made up by me, like multiple marriage proposals that Alexander turns down for the most trivial reasons, as well as one of Alexander's childhood friends (that is a female) coming to visit him, and bringing out his softer side (I included this completely historically unfounded character because I both wanted a female character in the story and also because I wanted to show that Alexander wasn't a completely unfriendly and unkind man). The story also includes multiple party scenes of everyone basically getting drunk every night from dusk till dawn, which is somewhat based on what Alexander used to do (although mostly later at Babylon).

The story is structured more like a play, with it being set only in one location (it never takes place outside of the walls of Marakanda) and is entirely dialogue based. There are no battles or 'epic' things in it, since I'm more interested in capturing a 'slice of life' of Alexander, so to speak. It's also quite humorous and occasionally light-hearted, so you won't see any of the shouty, crying melodrama of the 2004 film.

What are your thoughts on this story I'm writing? Any tips, suggestions? I'm happy to read them
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Old July 3rd, 2016, 08:15 AM   #2

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I like the sound of it. That's all I can really say.
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