On Stranger Tides Question #21 ~ The Sequel

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On Stranger Tides Question #21 ~ The Sequel

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:18 am

You write the sequel. What are your ideas on the rest of Jack and Beth’s story?
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Re: On Stranger Tides Question #21 ~ The Sequel

Unread postby gemini » Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:51 pm

I have since had my sequel ruined when I read one of Tim’s Q&As on another site. When imagining my future for Jack and Beth, I thought Beth was immortal since she had shed blood in Erebus, only to find Tim say her blood never hit the ground but went in the skull. ( I like my version better.)

I so wanted to add this back when we were discussing Shandy but I knew I had better hold my tongue for another question. The question was did Jack change and a couple of us thought he did change adapting to be a pirate. Others said no he stayed the same a good man. I do agree that his goals of revenging his father and rescuing the girl stayed the same but he changed from a naive good young man into a very powerful pirate to
achieve his goals. Tim left us thinking Jack would go ask for a pardon.
While reading I imagined how the next phase of his life would go. It entered my mind that he had learned to love the islands and I didn’t see him returning to England with his wife and living happily ever after. He had changed too much. Consider that Beth had the power from the Erebus and was now immortal. She, as well as Jack, had no problem using their new power to kill Blackbeard. The thought stuck me that Jack Shandy, like Jack Sparrow, now had a reason to go back and become immortal. He was now much more saavy about his world and we would be off on another new adventure. Since I am not much of a writer, erh Tim, you have any more pirate books in mind?
Oh, and one more thing. If you ever consider another, how about bringing back Phil Davies?
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Re: On Stranger Tides Question #21 ~ The Sequel

Unread postby fireflydances » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:45 pm

Oh my Gemini I don't think I could do better than that! I love that your Beth is immortal and your Jack not. That alone offers so much. She ages more slowly than he, what will his final time with her be like. How will she handle finally losing him? Will she be tempted in the final days to bundle him up and return to the Fountain. Will he put up with that or will he insist on dying? Will they have children and will she outlive her children? How does immortality change a person's psyche? Can you remain completely human if you are immortal? We saw the govenor dealing with his long life, and I must say he either retained his humility or it grew with age, which is it? Will she grow to despise her gift or will her heart grow, so that after Jack there are other lovers?

Yeah, I could read this. Move'em over to the South China Sea and I'll stand in line to buy the book. :bigwink:
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Re: On Stranger Tides Question #21 ~ The Sequel

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:36 pm

I like your story lines better than the one I came up with. I saw them staying in the islands, I couldn't imagine them returning to England either. Jack would take over his uncle's place and they would live happily ever after. This is why I am not a writer! :lol:
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Re: On Stranger Tides Question #21 ~ The Sequel

Unread postby Liz » Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:50 am

I'm with DITHOT, even though we never talked about this. Not a first....we tend to think alike. I do like your ideas, though, gemini and firefly. Although they don't point to a happy ending exactly, they are much more interesting.
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Re: On Stranger Tides Question #21 ~ The Sequel

Unread postby nebraska » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:09 am

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:I like your story lines better than the one I came up with. I saw them staying in the islands, I couldn't imagine them returning to England either. Jack would take over his uncle's place and they would live happily ever after. This is why I am not a writer! :lol:

Sounds good to me, DITHOT! I obviously like a little simpler scenario. :heart2:


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