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What changed and why

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 March, 2010, 12:00am

In my version of The red roses of love, I haven't tried to explain anything more about the relationship between the old lady and the ghost of her husband.

But I have tried - very briefly - to put Jade and Janice's original scene in some sort of context. This background isn't about their past, but about the woman's current day-to-day life.

My aim is to contrast the way the old lady is now seen by those around her - as someone with no interests, almost lifeless - and the passions that still live within her. These we see in Jade and Janice's original scene on the beach.

Hopefully, this addition not only makes what then happens even more surprising, it also makes us wonder about the old lady's life and her relationship with her dead husband.

How well this works is for you to judge - and there are many other ways to create a similar effect. Here's just a couple of examples:

I could have first shown the elderly woman with her grandchildren, who don't think someone so old could possibly understand how they feel about their boyfriends or girlfriends.

Or we could have seen she's now in a second and unhappy marriage.

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