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The Genretwist challenge
by Ilthit (ilthit)
at June 23rd, 2009 (05:17 pm)

So, I decided to go ahead and create a challenge, because nobody stopped me and I found myself already writing scenarios.

Here's how it works:

Participants sign up with a numbered list of either 10 or 6 characters, an email address and the genre they want to twist to - so some other genre than the original. You can (currently) choose between the following genres: SCI-FI, CRIME/THRILLER, ROMANCE, FANTASY, HORROR and WESTERN.

The mod will then send the participant an email with a list of 10 scenarios to write within the chosen genre. Everyone choosing a specific genre will get the same ten scenarios, but they will have to use the characters they listed when signing up.

Seven of the scenarios will list specific roles for specific characters (by number), whereas the last three will be more freeform.

Example: You've chosen sci-fi, and your first three characters are Frodo, Gandalf and Eowyn from Lord of the Rings. The first scenario could be "Desperate to protect the galaxy, #1, a member of the galactic parliament, has made a secret deal with the famous space pirate #2 to amass a mercenary force to oppose the rebels lead by the long lost Royal Heir, #3." Thus you get space pirate Gandalf. Cracky, but fun!

You write as many of the scenarios as you like, though the ultimate winner of the challenge would write all ten.

The challenge is OPEN-ENDED, so you can take as long as you like.

The sign-up post is here.

Edit: You can now also select the genre HORROR.