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The one genre I've never really explored is action movies. Which is weird because I gorge on action movies like First Blood,ย John Wick, Die Hard, Hard Boiledย and Lethal Weapon. But I've never written a pure action movie.

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Hrmmm... Well most influence would be:ย Terry Pratchett, JRR Tolkien, Brian Jacques, Avi, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Favorite is a lot harder because there's some authors where I really really like one book they wrote, but haven't read any others, or where I generally like everything they've done, but it hasn't really influenced my own writing. Like Lawrence Yep, Rick Riordan, Alexander Dumas, Charles Dickens, Jonathon Stroud, and Max Gladstone. I might even throw Victor Hugo in there for his architecture fun times.

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First thing I ever finished was a comedic short story that was a play on Abbot and Costello's Who's on First

It wasn't awful for an 11 year-old

I wouldn't say that I write comedic stories in terms of concept, but my prose can be very loose and silly.

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I kinda just figured out that my nano actually is based on some really depressing themes... maybe nobody else who reads it will notice, but it just suddenly struck me this morning that I'm just writing more about helplessness in the face of an unstoppable uncaring existential threat.

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4 hours ago, Alcoremortis said:

I like to think I've succeeded at it.

100% of my fanfics ended up being comedy.

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Intentional or unintentional? Just about every fanfic I've read reads like bad comedy, with the exception of certain Sherlockiana.

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1 minute ago, Noname215 said:

Intentional or unintentional? Just about every fanfic I've read reads like bad comedy, with the exception of certain Sherlockiana.

Oh, completely intentional. My first fanfic ever was a Mary Sue parody fic that still makes me chuckle sometimes. Though my favorite is probably this Yu Yu Hakusho fic I did, though I can't completely claim credit for it because my brother snuck on my computer midway through and wrote a hilarious interlude that I had to keep in because it killed me.

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Yeah, here you go:ย https://www.fanfiction.net/u/1047410/Alcoremortis

They vary in quality. Some haven't aged as well as others. Most were written in high school except for the Avengers fic and the Doctor Who attempt that turned into nothing.

Man I forgot some of the stuff I put in this.

'Jack cupped her delicate chin in his hand and stared at her with his eyes, chocolate orbs, melting with passion, "Just say yes."
"Your eyes make me hungry," Raven whispered.'

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It looks a hell of a lot better than Bandidas and Bad Girls, that's for sure.

Another popular author aside from Ernest Cline with a huge following but noย skills: Dan Brown.

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I'm gonna rewrite How The Grinch Stole Christmas to be a horror storyย where the Whos areย a Wicker Man style cult. The Roast Beast is actually a chosenย Who and Who Hash is essentially like Soylent Green. The Grinch fled the town and feels contempt for the Who's Christmas merriment because he is horrified by mirth in the face of cannibalism, knowing thatย every year theย Whosย grab one of their own, roast him and eat him. And when he tries to ruin their yearly celebration, they lure him back in with cult-like resilience and a hypnotic song. His free will gone with a trance and fully assimilated, we are left with the final idyllic scene, onlyย now with the knowedge that the Grinch is carving into the carcass of a forsaken Who, and leaving off with the implication that Cindy Loo Who will slaughter and eat The Grinch.

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6 hours ago, Noname215 said:

I'm gonna rewrite How The Grinch Stole Christmas to be a horror storyย where the Whos areย a Wicker Man style cult. The Roast Beast is actually a chosenย Who and Who Hash is essentially like Soylent Green. The Grinch fled the town and feels contempt for the Who's Christmas merriment because he is horrified by mirth in the face of cannibalism, knowing thatย every year theย Whosย grab one of their own, roast him and eat him. And when he tries to ruin their yearly celebration, they lure him back in with cult-like resilience and a hypnotic song. His free will gone with a trance and fully assimilated, we are left with the final idyllic scene, onlyย now with the knowedge that the Grinch is carving into the carcass of a forsaken Who, and leaving off with the implication that Cindy Loo Who will slaughter and eat The Grinch.

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Mission accomplished.

And I'm dead serious. I'm gonna write that.

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On 11/21/2017 at 5:08 PM, Noname215 said:

Have you guys ever tried comedy

I'm working on a sketch comedy variety show pilot right now.ย  I started working on it in 2003 with the name "Spoof", but since that was later the name of Dana Carvey's proposed sketch comedy show, I really would feel uncomfortable using that name for my show.ย  Especially since Dana Carvey is one of my main comedy inspirations.

I started it again now because of the crappy political climate that's going on at the moment. Comedians express their frustration through their comedy, and that's definitely what I'm doing. I think I'll create it in batches, so that each skit is a video, and together they form the show.ย  That way I can get it out for feedback while I'm creating it.

I think you've done stand up comedy before, am I remembering that right? I'll post the skits up when I finish them. I'd appreciate your feedback on it (and anyone else too).

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I've only done it about three times at open mics. I'd sit in the back and watch over any person I thought I could get and once I was up in front I would go off. I did a lot of Don Rickles style material while also telling stories that I would present like they were true but I had actually just made up on the way there.ย 

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So in my story, fifty three years prior to the plot, Whoville was once a town inhabited solely by Grinches. The Grinch himself had a wife and son and loved Christmas with all of his heart the same as the rest. Then one day they started to notice signs of something sneaking into their homes during the night, Grinch children disappearing and household pets being found mutilated and engorged out in the snow. Then on Christmas Day the town was set upon by the Whos, barbaric carnivorous acolytes who enslaved the Grinches and turned them into a food source, which included the titular Grinch's wife and child. After their savage murderย he was able to escape to the North, hiding inย Mount Crumpit, but the rest of his kind ended up on the dinner tables of Whos. And when that resourceย ran out and they were left without other forms of meat, the Whos became fanatically devoted to widespread cannibalism. And for years, the Grinch watches down from his mountain hideout, hating the Whos until he finally decides to sabotage their yearly festivities to spite them.

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I need to get back to my NaNo and figure out some schedule for completing it. I keep getting hung up on whether my timeline works and/or makes any sense.

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Definitely science fiction. The potential of humanity to solve it's own problems, as individuals, as a society, as a species.

Flip-side, though less my bag than the more optimistic variety, our capacity to harm or destroy ourselves.

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I'd say probably comedy, but mixed with some other genre. I guess I feel that the most realistic take on anything has to beย comical because the world is ridiculous. If I read a book that's completely straight and dead serious about everything, it needs to be doubly gripping everywhere else to get me to ignore the lack of humor.ย 

This would account for why I resonated so much with Pratchett. He understoodย that you can be funny about serious things and still make serious points and that's fine.

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Horror. It can beย a psychological coping mechanism, it can be conceptually designed in very imaginative ways, it can be mixed with any other genre and still work, in some ways it stems from an appreciation for how movies are made. But ultimately Iย love horror for the same reasonย I love roller coasters. The thrill.

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8 hours ago, Alcoremortis said:

I'd say probably comedy, but mixed with some other genre. I guess I feel that the most realistic take on anything has to beย comical because the world is ridiculous. If I read a book that's completely straight and dead serious about everything, it needs to be doubly gripping everywhere else to get me to ignore the lack of humor.ย 

This would account for why I resonated so much with Pratchett. He understoodย that you can be funny about serious things and still make serious points and that's fine.

I'm not changing my answer, but I agree with all of this. Lifeย is absurd, so it makes sense that our stories seeking verisimilitude should also be absurd. It's more formal than realistic to be humorless.

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