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Twiction Contest -- The Greatest Story Ever Told (page 11, Due September 9)

Posted Aug 25, '12 at 11:16am

killersup10

killersup10

1,789 posts

Hello? Xzeno? anybody home? Did you lose your internet again or did you just run out of time to come on AG? Or do you just not feel like doing this anymore?

 

Posted Aug 26, '12 at 12:18am

Zahz

Zahz

48 posts

Since I'm an old fashioned not hipster type:

His shoulder still gets wet in the rain.

 

Posted Aug 26, '12 at 1:21am

Xzeno

Xzeno

2,082 posts

Dude, relax. I'm, what, 3 days late? That's normal. Of course I don't get to it until the weekend.

It is a shame that this is the second to last round, because I feel like you guys are really becoming savvy to my arbitrary judgements. You appear to have gotten that I'm into female protagonists. The lack of lesbians was a little disappointing. But yeah, I will do thematic awards as usual, in a loose order of how much I like certain gimmicks:

The Dux Feminia Facti award: For those who don't know latin, that means... well actually it's a very hard to literally translate phrase. Highly abbreviated. It says " leader (subject) woman (subject) of the deed." Usually read as "a woman is the leader of the deed" referring, as you know, to when Dido steals a bunch of ships in the Aeneid. By the way I feel it worth noting that everything I ever mention in these judgings is off the top of my head.

So anyway, a lot of these issues featured women's perspectives. Neat. That's fun. And they were largely not twilight-esque "date or die" sexist garbage.

Anyway: "I will wait for you, as long as it takes!"
She watches the sea, every day.
Holding his gun, he steps off the ship.
Still watching, waiting.
KingLemon is the leader of the pack for the female protagonists. Though his protagonist is a little passive for my taste, it IS twiction. His concept was incredibly cliche, but the story was executed competently. Of the two entries fighting for third, pH's was certainly more weighty and therefore better, but since it has the kind of philosophical implications I would staunchly ignore in my own personal life, I'm giving it to King. Yeah.

The Hipster/Zoophilia award goes to... Frank. One thing I like besides female protagonists? Pointed rejection of the norm and what is popular for the sake of innovation. Sometimes this produces great stuff, like the works of Joyce, and other times it has me ranting about how horrible Mass Effect was because people dared to like it. Still considered a felony in my home state, you don't get much more hipster than bestiality. At any rate: "The beautiful orchid cannot live without the company of the brave drone. Theirs is the most adamant relationship of all and the most important."

So for dramatic effect, we're gonna talk about out animal-loving runner up, Cenere before going on to Frank. Cenere's entry's main failure is actually the word dog. In pacing, here is a paraphrase of the entry: begin "typical" setup, begin clever inversion, execute cleverness, MAKE SURE THEY KNOW OKAY GUYS IT"S A DOG THAT"S THE JOKE IT"S NOT A HUMAN BEING IT"S LIKE HIS PET. See the issue? We sort of beat the audience over the head with information we should be allowed to come to on our own. Even though this appears at the end of the entry, I'd call it an issue of pacing broken by exposition.

Now, as I've implied before, Cenere has a rather unique on AG ability to often string together not just a sentence, but a whole series of events called a story together without making me want to punch a kitten right in its cute little face. This is one reason why I feel it important to mention more complex issues like pacing.

Putting my serious hat on for a second, Cenere's entry is all about challenging social norms. He's not saying "love between a man and a dog is the same as between two humans!", he's displaying that human-human love isn't the only way of creating meaning in life through positive interaction. And note that he SHOWS this, doesn't just try to tell us.

Taking my serious hat off, Cenere's entry is all about having sex with animals. As Sigmund Freud once said "sometimes a stick is just a stick, and sometimes a stick is a penis, and is also lodged in a dog's vagina." Speaking of sexy animal sex, Frank has some bee action going on.

As we know from Victorian lit, a flower is a metaphor for sex, and so is pretty much every other noun in Frank's entry. So his entry is actually probably about college kids boning in the woods.

So the main flaw with Frank's entry is OH MY GOD SHOW DON"T TELL YOU PEOPLE. Seriously, what is WRONG with you guys? ACTION! Not "cool story bro"! But it does have a kind of nature documentary theme, so I'll let it slide. Frank takes Cen's commentary about meaning and fully removes the human element, skirting the line between profound look into the purpose of our existence and transcendentalist bull****.

The Our Hero Slips Into A Bathtub As Lux Aeternia Plays in the Background and then ODs on Sleeping Pills award goes to: Alright. Wait for it.

Female protagonists. Check.
Hipsterness. Check.
Inter-species action. Check.

What else does Xzeno even LIKE? Well, I've hinted at it before. What I really like is sad endings. Sad stories are good and all, but the best part is a sad ENDING. While 3rd place WAS sad, it doesn't quite have the same good ol' existential horror of our winning entry. In the winning entry, Aknerd portrays a rather ambiguous look into the- oh he won last time. Crap. Need a new winner. Halogunner, are you doing anything right now? No? Good. You won.

"She saw things in him she could see in no other man, but alas in her idle stare he had passed her by, and she without love, grew sorrowful." I know there's a slim chance that you guys aren't as pathetic as I am, but I think I speak for all of us when I say "I know that feel." Our hero was a little too passive, which is the point. She's just left with a feeling of emptiness and a painful dream of what could have been, even as she marries a man she doesn't really love, raises children who hate her, works a job she never wanted to pay for a house she didn't dream of. She, as the song goes, looks at her average life and nothing has been alright. She follows the role of a suburban housewife for a few years until one day, on an impulse, she rents a car and drives off a cliff. On the way down, she realizes, she was dead long before now. Honestly, if more romantic comedies were like that, I'd like them even more.

Seriously, it'd be just like American Beauty, but it would star Anne Hathaway and have a lot of comic relief. So yes, I like sad endings. I absolutely hate it when a movie or play WOULD have been horribly depressing but the last scene gives it a happy ending. Why don't they just leave that off and make it arbitrarily depressing? I LIKE arbitrarily depressing.

Anyway, what really stood out to me in this entry, over the other sad ones, was the unique phrasing at the end, "and she without love, grew sorrowful." It reminds me of the Greek and Roman epics, something else I really like. It sounds so beautifully poetic. So yep. 1st place.

The Let's See Other People award: Aknerd! As the winner of the last round, aknerd wins humiliation and detest. The entry: "It is so comforting to wake up screaming as your dreams slip away. She never understood that. Her confused eyes stare and blink, sleepily."

One thing you learn from Aknerd is, like, 3 new adjectives. Adjectives, adverbs and participles compose about 90% of Aknerd's entry, presumably because he thought "oh no, 140 whole characters? I'm gonna need to pad this out a bit." He tries to pull some juxtaposition between happiness and sadness, because he knows I like combining opposites to make meaning, but when I say opposites, I don't mean opposite genders. Seriously, try to get on my good side with some literary stuff and you didn't even think to make it two women? Shows how savvy you are, Aknerd. Of course, I assume no one has any idea what this entry means, but let's just say that this is what happens when you blast Lux Aeterna and OD on sleeping pills.

Concluding the Love round, we have one final round. The last one. You see, school is starting soon, robbing me of my time and will to do this. I don't want to hand the contest off to another judge, who might be illiterate,  uneducated, or worse, fair and impartial. So the contest will see one more round and end.

For themes, I'm sorta torn. We have 3 options:

-Death. Of course, it's ending, and it logically goes after love. Love and death a great way to end it. Death ends everything afterall.

-The Epic Tradition. This would challenge you to write a twiction that feels like an epic poem. Not epic in the youtube comments sense, but in the Homeric sense. I've wanted to do this since the contest started, but didn't get a chance.

-The Greatest Story Ever Told. This theme would be the themeless round. It is how I wanted to end the contest. There is no theme at all. Just write the best twiction you can. You will get no credit for making a clever joke about the theme title or going meta. There is no guiderail on this one. Just you and your ability to write twiction.

So which theme do you guys like? I'll officially decide one tomorrow (Sunday), and will take your input into account.

 

Posted Aug 26, '12 at 1:23am

Xzeno

Xzeno

2,082 posts

Oh, Zahz was late and ninjaed me, but what he posted was microfiction at its finest, in case anyone was looking to see what to try to emulate. Seriously, that was the bomb.

 

Posted Aug 26, '12 at 8:36am

killersup10

killersup10

1,789 posts

Didn't even place,****.Why was this the second to last contest?????

 

Posted Aug 27, '12 at 11:25am

Cenere

Cenere

12,941 posts

Knight

Even though this appears at the end of the entry, I'd call it an issue of pacing broken by exposition.

OR PERHAPS IT WAS JUST A CRAPPY THEME

Why was this the second to last contest?????

I am just going to take a wild guess and say that perhaps it's because school is starting and he doesn't have time to judge anymore, and the rest of us aren't smart enough to take over the contest (which I am kinda agreeing on).
Just based on those vague hints in the post, you know.

That said, if this is the last contest, I will just say I enjoyed this, you did well in judging us, making up some insightful comments, making hilarious fun of us when needed (and deserved. Heck, I knew this would be turned to bestiality the moment I thought of the idea), not to mention this as been genuinely something I have been looking forward to every week.
Thanks, Xzeno.

Oh, and I can't be arsed to choose a theme, so here's one for all the options.

”It’s amazing how fragile life can be, isn’t it? It can end so quickly. I hope you enjoyed yours.” She smiled and tightened the rope.

He stepped out of the fire, the brave son of gods, and raised his sword to the world. Oh glory! Suddenly he fell, with an arrow to the knee.

There was no going back now. The ship stalled sharply, though the pilot tried to force the nose down. She didn’t hear him when she jumped.

 

Posted Aug 27, '12 at 5:23pm

Xzeno

Xzeno

2,082 posts

Just based on those vague hints in the post, you know.

Theme of the contest in a nutshell :D

Thanks for the encouragement, Cen. The FINAL ROUND will be using the theme The Greatest Story Ever Told. Please see the above judging for the description. Entries are due September 8th.

 

Posted Aug 28, '12 at 5:47pm

Kyouzou

Kyouzou

4,753 posts

Hero’s journey, lovers’ lament, tale of blood and glory. Tis naught but the maddened ramblings of a blind man, the only tale born unwritten.

And here is my effort, that 140 character limit is absolutely infuriating, I loved it, forced me to think about the myriad ways the same thing can be written.

 

Posted Aug 29, '12 at 7:43am

Zahz

Zahz

48 posts

RENTRY!

His shoulder still gets wet in the rain.

Nice things do happen occasionally Xzenobonito. It's okay to like them.

 

Posted Aug 31, '12 at 7:57pm

killersup10

killersup10

1,789 posts

You know something, even though his greatest tales, Killersup is yet to win a poetry contest. It would be sweet to win the final round,ever…

Through the caverns of hell, he claims his mighty prize, with this prize though came the cost of his blood that will forever stain the walls

Sombody...anybody.....help..

 
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