Suzie was the teacher’s pet – A’s in every class. One day a stranger stood in front of the lecture hall for her writing course. ‘Sorry students, your professor has been in a terrible accident and I will be leading this course for the remainder of the year.’ No problem – Suzie looked forward to the opportunity to impress yet another teacher. The teacher continued, ‘I am not familiar with the syllabus for this course, and your teacher is unable to communicate. Well, this is a writing course, so let’s just write something. Each of you will submit a play. One scene is due each week for the remainder of the semester. The scenes will be submitted for review each Friday and your final grade will be dependent solely on this play.’ Great, thought Suzie. She was working on a couple of plays anyway. For the first week, Suzie opened her play by setting the scene. It was about a girl who had just moved to a new city. She described the new city and the girl’s emotions – trepidation, anxiety… excitement. Suzie was very excited to submit the first scene.
Scenes were returned with grades and critique on Monday. Suzie’s pages were littered with red ink which was concluded with a large ‘C’ on the final page. Suzie was crushed. She looked to her right, where Tad was beaming at the ‘A-‘ on his page. She read the words, apparently a conversation between Horatio and Marcellus.
‘Wait,’ she asked, ‘are you writing about Hamlet?’ What an idea, to explore the Bard’s universe and build on those well-known characters. ‘Nah,’ he replied, ‘I didn’t write anything. I just submitted the first scene.’ ‘And you got an A? The writing teacher didn’t recognize Hamlet?’
‘Well, my bro had this teacher before. He gave me the heads up…. This sub does not appreciate original content.’