TWO AUTHORS ENTER...ONE AUTHOR LEAVES
Well, unless you've been watching epic rap battles on YouTube.
thank you SilverInkblot for linking me this!
Anyway, the plan is a bracket-style showdown in which you pick an author and use mad skills (all kinds of literature welcome! Prose, poetry, song, etc!) to get to the top, while of course doing your best to represent that author's life and, more than anything else, literary style.
There must be at least 16 people for this to happen. Brackets look silly if there aren't at least four rounds, so tell your friends. And then blackmail them until they promise to submit an entry. You keep a dossier on them, right?
What are y'all gonna be doing, anyway?In each round, you'll submit a short piece that is self-aggrandizing. Make your author look like a badass and kick that other guy out of history. (Note: especially since some of these dudes are alive, any mockery of the other guy that doesn't center around the fatness of their mother needs to be in good—or at least acceptable—taste. For research, I recommend watching MTV.)
And, above all, REPRESENT: the piece you submit should look like something that author might have written, even if you choose to use poetry for a novelist or vice versa.
Yes, you can toss down a slam poem about the glory of Chuck Palahniuk, but if it's archaic as hell and doesn't contain a single transgressive-esque reference, that's not cool.
How it works
- You pick an author. Post who you'd like to represent directly in this thread, as it's a first-come first-serve situation and things are less awkward if I don't have to keep noting people to let them know they can't play as Terry Pratchett. Authors must have been born after 1800 (inclusive).
The mainstream is so, you know, mainstream, but please don't pick anyone completely unheard of. Your author must have a Wikipedia entry. Please Wikipedia your author before choosing them, as it'd be awkward if they turned out to be a baby killer. (Protip: Don't pick Hitler.)
- Make sure you're following CRLiterature, as updates will go directly through here. And yes, we're allowing betting on the brackets. You might want to check local laws first, though....
- We release the bracket, and you'll get a couple of weeks per round to put together your best burns. Word limits: 250 words for prose and <30 lines (inclusive) for poetry.
- Next round!
How to win
- Have a sense of humor. I'll reiterate from above, this is all meant to be in good taste, so subtle jabs and elements of parody are all well and good. Unless your author is a humorless prick, of course.
- Know your author's style. I can't say this enough, so I won't.
- Sell 'em good!
Oh, so that's what you're here for?! You—I—okay, I'll get to it. I don't want to limit this to three people since we might have copious quantities of awesome, so any donations will be added to the pot. Prize donors can enter, yes, and I'll handle notifying you so you don't have to keep track of anything you don't want to.
- 2000 points from communityrelations
- 1000 points from neuro's re-defunct donation pool
- 200 points from BeccaJS
- something awesome from YOU (seriously, critiques, features, anything else you'd like to offer are awesome too!)
Questions welcome. And don't forget, if you're interested, we'll need at least 16 people in so tell your friends.
Signups will be open through Labor Day weekend, September 2 (Monday) in the US.