Sunday, February 28, 2010

Two Funny Literature-Related Links

First of all, I bring you guys the Lyttle Lytton Contest. This contest, which focuses on writing intentionally unintentionally bad first sentences to novels, never fails to leave me in tears before I'm halfway through a page. "Jennifer stood there, quietly ovulating." That is the sort of wonderfully cringe-worthy fiction that this contest attempts to chronicle. Go over there, read and laugh at all the entries, then come back here and share your favorites in the comments, and I'll join in too.

Second, Disney is apparently releasing a new, updated Harriet the Spy movie that makes Harriet a blogger who gets in a blogging contest with a popular girl in her high school and stalks a celebrity. Yeah. I know. However, the post that alerted me to this promised that all was not lost. Even from seemingly dark news can come incredible hilarity, like this Jezebel article that playfully suggests other possible updates to children's books, such as "From The Mixed-Up Tweets Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" and "Little Blog on the Prairie." Both the Jezebel article and the Fandom Lounge post have plenty of comments with further title suggestions. Can you guys come up with any more? My ideas: "The Monster at the End of This Youtube Video" and "Where the /b/tards Are." XP


Patty said...

"Jennifer stood there, quietly ovulating."

That pretty much says it all, doesn't it. I was aware of the Bulwer-Lytton contest, but I think I prefer the brevity of the Lyttle-Lytton contest. Such as:

"Pika- chu, thought Pikachu." It brings back memories...

Sadako said...

Love the Pika chu one, Patty.

And I don't want Harriet to be updated! I'm sorry, but I don't!