Since everything that happens could be turned into a crime, every crime can be used again, and everyone is a potential character, or at least part of a character. And every story has another way it can be told. (You should hear some of the ones I've been told at the pen. Or at the laundromat.)
Ripped from the internet:
Gone With the Wind: Spoiled rich girl pines for married KKK guy. Marries another guy for spite and 2 others for money. She keeps the plantation. (Historical Romance. Warning: Contains material that some might find offensive.)
NOTE: I'm beginning to see a pattern here...
SECOND NOTE: Speaking of political manifestos:
NOTES: Very poor experiential track record. Much easier to read than Das Kapital. Also suffers from what is now the libertarian mindset in that it assumes two "facts" that have never been in evidence when it comes to human beings: (1) that we always act rationally and (2) that we always care about their neighbors.
The plot for the short story: a young girl... happy and free, like a gull. But a man arrives by chance, and when he sees her, he destroys her, out of sheer boredom.
NOTE: It helps if you read it aloud, while drinking Irish whiskey, with an Irish accent and a high pitched voice (like Joyce's, below). Or you could read Philip Jose Farmer's Riders of the Purple Wage, and discover the joys of jacking in as well. (Look it up.)
Finnegan's Wake is best known for its polyglot language that includes English, Latin, Gaelic, and some words that he made up himself. The opening line: "riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs" - can give you the impression that you understand it. How about this?
"Wold Forrester Farley who, in deesperation of deispiration at the diasporation of his diesparation, was found of the round of the sound of the lound of the Lukkedoerendunandurraskewdylooshoofermoyportertooryzooysphalnabortansporthaokansakroidverjkapakkapuk."
Speaking of interesting words, perhaps invented, the other day a friend of mine mispronounced "speculum" as "spacula". I replied that a spacula was the offspring of Dracula and a kitchen utensil, which is exactly what a speculum often feels like.
"Continental European vampires are predators, pure and simple. But the fictional vampires of England and America are like cats: they play with their food. And only Americans would come up with vampires that not only play with their food, not only fall in love with it, but want to have sex with it. That and American Pie makes one suspicious of American kitchens."
BLATANT SELF PROMOTION:
My story "Collateral Damage" is in Murderous Ink Press' Crimeucopia: We're All Animals Under the Skin. Available at Amazon.