Life is a process of learning by iterated feedback loops between self and world. As we try ideas and watch them fail, we learn to do better. Practice discerning bad ideas and the source of their badness helps us achieve ideas that are good.
With these reflections firmly in mind, here are some bad ideas I have come up with, with in each case an explanation of why the idea in question is bad:
MASTER BLUTO AND THE BOYS
Idea: Re-write the play “Master Harold and and the Boys” but instead of Harold, Popeye’s nemesis, Bluto.
Reason It’s Bad: Who wants that?
THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A DILDO
Idea: Erotic parody of Wallace Stevens’s chestnut “13 ways of looking at a blackbird” but with black dildo instead of bird.
Why Bad: What am I, 14? Grow-up!
ROMEO AND JULIET AND GROSVENOR, MIND SQUID OF ANTARES
Idea: Re-write classic romantic tragedy in a world where when people fall in love they merge their consciousness by means of a genetically altered MIND SQUID from the Planet Antares. In this world there are exponentially more ways a love can end tragically, because not only could the two people be mismatched (in this case cause they come from duelling Italian families) but the Squid’s agenda is part of the picture. Maybe Grosvenor the mind squid’s squid hive was once done badly by the Montagues AND the Capulets and his squid-king wants revenge, but Grosvenor’s taking a liking for the Veronese pair of nutty sexed-up kids. The skies the limit!
Reason It’s Bad: Are you kidding me? This idea is great!