Ficlyfication AKA Ficlyfy this

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I have a dream. In that dream people ficlyfy things and it is good.

Clearly that means you should be taking a longer work of fiction, be it a book, a film, a computer game or something else, and condensing it into 1024 characters or less.

The Guardian newspaper does something similar if you want examples:

I’m sure there are other similar things scattered all over this crazy thing we call the internet.

Make them funny or clever, preferably both, but try to get in as much of the original as possible.

Remember, lots of things have lapsed copyright so you can run riot with those (Shakespeare? Yes please). Any concerns about copyright law, refer to the relevant section of the FAQ and if in doubt do some reading on the doctrine of fair use. Education is a fine thing.

Now, go at it. You’ve got a month.

  • Started June 18th, 2009.
  • Ended July 18th, 2009.
  • Created by Spiderj

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  1. Avatar Spiderj

    Those are some clever bunnies.

  2. Avatar Fyora Cartagan

    I am reminded of the bunnies who re-enact movies in 30 seconds on

  3. Avatar Spiderj

    These are all great – looking forward to reading more!!!

  4. Avatar Jape Prophets

    My favorite part of this challenge is seeing the titles of classics with ‘ficly’ wedged into them.

  5. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    The first time I saw this challenge, I thought of the youtube video “Forrest Gump in one Minute”, which is really very well done.
    I so want to ficlyfy Forrest, but wonder about doing it…

  6. Avatar BA Boucher

    I think we work around that by not telling new stories. These are technically fan fictions that take Gandalf to 1953 Clevland. It’s the same story just a whole lot shorter.

  7. Avatar Butler

    I thought using existing fictional characters was a no-no for ficlies? I suppose if we stick to characters from older works that are in the public domain…

  8. Avatar Laine Grey

    Okay, I did a Shakespeare one, but I probably didn’t do it right.

  9. Avatar gĀ²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    Hmm… intriguing idea. This one’s going on the to-do list for sure.

  10. Avatar StudMuffin (LoA)

    hey, somebody was gonna do it at some point.

  11. Avatar OrangeOreos (LoA)

    Oh man… This is a great idea… Now I just have to think of something…

  12. Avatar BA Boucher

    I got 700 words into Hamlet before it all fell apart on me. I’ll be back though.

    Like a governor. I’ll be back.

  13. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    writers block. too late, need sleep. maybe tomorrow

  14. Avatar jesteram

    I read this and froze. Too many ideas at once. Classic lit. Pop culture. Blockbusters. Too … many … ideas …

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