Thursday, September 27, 2007

Writing Exercise (Revised) Re-revised

Okay, look, the object here is not to see how proficiently you can condense a book or movie into one sentence. The object is to describe the book in terms such that a person who has read the book or seen the movie will not immediately recognize it from your description, but will eventually see the light. It will be arranged as a fun and amusing quiz, not as a test of literary knowledge. Note the example below: not the way you would normally describe this work, but clear once you get it.
Choose a movie or book that everyone's familiar with, and describe it in general terms, in no more than 30 words. Don't make it obvious, but don't make it impossible to guess. For instance, here's one by Rick Polito: "Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again."

You have until Saturday at noon eastern time. Submit as a comment. Do as many as you wish. Include the name if you want credit. If you failed to figure out the work described in the previous paragraph, it was The Wizard of Oz.


Dave F. said...

This is like my credit cards -- all sort of revisions. Funny, it seems to be such a simple task but in reality it seems to be so hard, so hard, so hard!
I think Mr Murphy is enjoying your frustrations.

SzélsőFa said...

Hello, what happened to my version?
Why is it not here?
Was it wrong?
thank you!

Evil Editor said...

It's 3b. I changed it a bit because the first part made it too easy to guess. It's still yours in essence. I changed many of those I didn't reject.

SzélsőFa said...

Well I see now, EvilEditor. Thank you and sorry for being such a silly myself.