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  1. #891
    Quote Originally Posted by luckyscars View Post
    Okay - feel free to disagree with me on this but it's my opinion that I feel I should disclose as one of the judges...

    Writing an urban fairytale is a MUCH easier as a brief than writing a story using only dialogue.
    I would much rather write a dialogue only story than an urban fairy tale, but I'm weird like that. In fact, I'm a bit chuffed that I chose this month to judge! Still, I don't think it's cut and dry. Some people are more comfortable with dialogue and there are many dialogue-only short stories out there, some of them have won awards. But still, all stories will need to have the same criteria for a good short story, including conflict, resolution, feeling and expressive writing. I look forward to reading and judging the entries this month.

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  3. #893
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  4. #894
    Here's a weird question... kinda wondering what counts as urban or a fairytale.

    I just wrote a scene in which a strip club has been melded with Dante's Inferno. Not sure if Dante would count--plenty of people don't believe a word of it, whole thing's allegorical anyway, quite old and famous. Also not sure if I'd be able to edit it down and make a fancy scene/story out of it in 650, but I could try.

    What's hilarious to me is that it's a sequel of sorts to the first "retell a fairytale" LM prompt I did (the one that spawned Pinocchio as a half-ass exotic dancer in the first place).

    Got a well-read character having a lot of crazy, allegorical nightmares, so references to other books and fairytales have been cropping up a lot lately in my WIP. Might be able to twist something from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and/or Sleeping Beauty around. Have to see what I can do with what I've got because I don't have time or mental power to spare on some all-new retelling of some other fairytale at the moment.
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  5. #895
    I think it's a fairy tale if it starts with "Once upon a time." I have no idea what I'm talking about, though. :p

  6. #896
    Quote Originally Posted by seigfried007 View Post
    Here's a weird question... kinda wondering what counts as urban or a fairytale.

    I just wrote a scene in which a strip club has been melded with Dante's Inferno. Not sure if Dante would count--plenty of people don't believe a word of it, whole thing's allegorical anyway, quite old and famous. Also not sure if I'd be able to edit it down and make a fancy scene/story out of it in 650, but I could try.

    What's hilarious to me is that it's a sequel of sorts to the first "retell a fairytale" LM prompt I did (the one that spawned Pinocchio as a half-ass exotic dancer in the first place).

    Got a well-read character having a lot of crazy, allegorical nightmares, so references to other books and fairytales have been cropping up a lot lately in my WIP. Might be able to twist something from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and/or Sleeping Beauty around. Have to see what I can do with what I've got because I don't have time or mental power to spare on some all-new retelling of some other fairytale at the moment.
    A fairytale is essentially just folklore in the form of a short story, usually with supernatural elements. I think Dante is fine. It may not be a fairytale in its original form but your interpretation of it most certainly would be. It's definitely 'supernatural'
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