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Names in the book?

I don't consider the book version of West Side Story to be "canon", since I've heard that so many things concerning the characters' personalities are different from the movie or even the stage play, but I'm wondering if the book gave first names to either or both of the police. I'm finding it a bit awkward in a fanfiction I'm working on to not know given names for either Schrank or Krupke, and I was curious to know if the book version solved that issue. Even though I don't accept the book as canon, it's still, I suppose, one of the official variations on the story, so I would prefer taking names from an official source as opposed to making up my own.

Also, I have to admit that when I read Mr. Laurents' statement about making the 2009 Broadway revival "contemporary", I had the impression that, among other things, he was moving the time period to the present day (which I would find all well and fine). It may have been partly because of that, that in this same fanfiction Krupke has gained a cellphone. It's just in one scene, albeit an important one. But I'm wondering if I am correct in my assumption about the revival being set in the present day. And, regardless of whether I am or not, I'm curious to know: Would it bother anyone for there to be a cellphone in one scene of the fanfiction? I tend to move everything to the present day in my writings unless it's an obvious period piece only and wouldn't work in any other era (like, say, something that takes place during the Revolutionary War). In my opinion, West Side Story could easily work in the present day for a setting.

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viennacantabile
Jun. 16th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
It's been awhile since I read the book, but I don't remember them being given first names. I ended up giving them names and using them very infrequently, haha. I know what you mean about it being "one of the official variations," though, and it was nice to get last names for Tony, Maria, Bernardo, and Anita. Also, Murray Benowitz. Which was really amusing, lol.

I have the revival program, and the costume designer wrote a blurb that cleared up some of my confusion over the costumes/time period. Hope it helps:

"The other thing I wanted to do was make sure that a modern audience would view the gangs as rough. Had we gone too much to a 1950s look, today's audiences would not take the gangs seriously. I did not want to set it in modern clothing either, but more of a classic, timeless world, as that is really when the show takes place - its own time."

To be completely honest, I think a cell phone (as opposed to, say, a walkie-talkie, or something) would be a little jarring if I were reading under the assumption that it's set in the 1950's, which I almost always am. However, as maddiekinzzz says, if you specify that it's a conscious decision and not a mistake, then I think that's fine. And I'm pretty sure I saw a warning in there when I was reading your fic. :)
insaneladybug
Jun. 16th, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
Okay, thanks for the confirmation!

That's very interesting about the timeless era. That's kind of what I got from that article recently posted, but this is more plain.

I was actually debating whether or not to bother leaving a heads-up about that, and I was just about to not, but then I decided to after all.

Thank you!
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