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FictionRemix
« on: February 07, 2006, 02:46:59 PM »
So, I'm thinking about doing my dissertation on the rewriting of classic works of fiction. Take a Shakespeare play, throw it in a wiki, and let large groups of people rewrite it with a hip hop flavor.  I've talked about this a bit before, and I think the results might be interesting.  

But is rewriting somebody else's work sacreligious? Would this be an interesting exercise? Are there any short stories you can think of that might be well suited for a 'remix'?

I've already posted one to a wiki I set up, and then added a few very short excerpts of my own stories. If anybody wants to check them out, you can do so here:

http://www.editthis.info/fictionremix/

Feel free to add your own stories, or stories in the public domain that you think would be interesting to 'remix'.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2006, 03:30:15 PM »
What exactly do you mean by rewriting? Is West Side Story a rewrite of Romeo and Juliet, or an update, or a version, or are the three terms interchangeable?
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2006, 05:15:07 PM »
Good question.  Maybe rewriting isn't the best term.  For a finished work, in a sense you are re-writing.  But for a work in progress, it's not really rewriting, rather it a type of collaborative writing.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2006, 05:20:38 PM »
That is a really cool idea.  I'd like to see things like passages from the bible and other scriptural works re-written like that.  I think it would be fascinating to see the different interpretations people bring to such things.  And especially interesting to see the finished work after a whole slew of people have fiddled with it, thus giving a broader slice, spectrum, whatever you want to call it.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2006, 07:21:39 PM »
I, too, think that idea is very interesting.  My impression is that you're looking at the way people remix music, and applying that to fiction.  Another thing you could look at is the mashup craze that's happening.  What would happen if you mashed two pieces of literature together?  
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2006, 12:14:03 AM »
Fanfiction writers do mashups all the time--they're called fusions. The collaborative wiki idea is interesting, but it could have implementation problems--like, would you want to keep bad writers out?
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2006, 12:49:57 PM »
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Another thing you could look at is the mashup craze that's happening.  What would happen if you mashed two pieces of literature together?


That is brilliant.  Any suggestions for two pieces to mashup?  

I do see a problem with 'bad writers', but I see several things happening.  If you ever had the problem of a story being edited too much, you could limit it by a password so that only those making 'good edits' could change the story.  But even then, it's very easy to revert to a past section.  And they way I've got it set up, you edit paragraph by paragraph.  So if somebody comes and kills one section, but somebody is doing great work on another setion, you can trash the bad stuff, and keep the good stuff.  

I think the key is you will need one (or a very few) 'key authors' that have the final say.  Otherwise you'll end up with a story that has 14 voices, 18 endings, and is just a mess.

I've already added a 'mashup' section on the wiki.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2006, 12:56:30 PM »
I see mashups as being very different from fanfiction fusions, but I'm not sure how to translate the musical mashup into literature without it simply becoming a fusion. A fusion, as I understand it, is characters from one story meeting characters or visiting locations from another story, like the X-Men showing up on the Enterprise. A mashup is two songs played on top of each other--they are changed very little, if at all, but compliment each other. I would like to see that same kind of idea applied to literature, but I'm not sure how or what to do.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2006, 02:26:39 PM »
You'd have the characters acting independently but in a shared world.

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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2006, 11:33:22 PM »
Fell, what you describe is a crossover. A fusion is where personalities and plots are joined: the new characters and situations take elements from both (or all) the original sources, but the original characters do not precisely exist anymore. For example, if Ranma Chiba finds himself engaged to Usagi Tendo and they both discover they are reincarnated ki-blast throwing sailor-suited warrior animals of justice, that would be a fusion.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2006, 09:15:00 AM »
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2006, 05:38:19 PM »
I see, Ookla, interesting. So the X-men visiting the Enterprise would be a crossover, but the Enterprise crew manifesting the powers and roles of the X-men would be a fusion.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2006, 08:03:05 PM »
Nerds.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2006, 12:24:10 AM »
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I see, Ookla, interesting. So the X-men visiting the Enterprise would be a crossover, but the Enterprise crew manifesting the powers and roles of the X-men would be a fusion.


You realize that Spock is already an honorary X-men.
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Re: FictionRemix
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2006, 02:28:04 PM »
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I see, Ookla, interesting. So the X-men visiting the Enterprise would be a crossover, but the Enterprise crew manifesting the powers and roles of the X-men would be a fusion.

Exactly! Write it already, will you??
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