World's Worst Dinner Parties
November 27, 2012 1:17 PM Subscribe
Examples of banquets/dinner parties gone horribly wrong?
posted by Cash4Lead to Writing & Language (37 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working on a story that revolves around a banquet for a professional organization, in which things completely fall apart. I'm talking total train wreck, the toast scene in Rachel Getting Married
kind of gathering. I'm worried, however, that my imagination won't match real life, so I'm wondering if you have examples of awful conference dinners, wedding receptions, dinner parties, etc., so that I can take things at least as far.
Some more details about this story:
- The protagonist styles himself as a bold, uncompromising truth-teller, but he walks a fine line between being bold and being obnoxious. Think Alceste from Le Misanthrope, for example.
- The banquet will have 50 or so people; so a relatively intimate setting, but still somewhat formal.
- It will likely end with the protagonist being escorted from the scene, his reputation diminished and his relationship with his girlfriend (also in attendance) in tatters.
- And it will be narrated in the first person, so the reader should have some empathy for him. I'm aiming for a darkly comic tone with this.
I'm interested in hearing your experiences. I've never crowdsourced inspiration before, so I hope this works.