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novel blending

A friend was talking about National Novel Generation Month--Not National Novel Writing Month, mind you, but National Novel Generation Month: a month spent working on code to generate a 50,000-word novel. Like a fantasy-name generator, only way harder and longer.

One technique the friend mentioned was to take the nouns from one work of fiction and replace them with the nouns from another. Like Mad Libs! Forthwith we decided to try it. We replaced nouns in For Whom the Bell Tolls [ETA: the healing angel tells me it was actually The Sun Also Rises] with nouns from Ready Player One--two books my kids had as assigned reading. I have not actually read either, I have to confess.

But I loved this line, created from that blending:

Those who live by the message-waiting indicator are destined to perish by the null-communications zone.


Let that be a warning!

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egg_shell
Nov. 9th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Cool!
asakiyume
Nov. 9th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
It was an interesting experiment :-)
heliopausa
Nov. 9th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
or rather more than cool... chilling!
asakiyume
Nov. 9th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
Yes--wouldn't want to end up in the null-communications zone!
yamamanama
Nov. 9th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
That's beautiful.
asakiyume
Nov. 9th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
I think one could come up with some really fruitful blends.
sartorias
Nov. 9th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
I don't understand it, but it sounds threatening!
asakiyume
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
Definitely ominous--could come from a YA dystopia!
khiemtran
Nov. 9th, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
You should never ask for whom the message-waiting indicator tolls...
mnfaure
Nov. 9th, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
bwahaha
asakiyume
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
No man is a null-communications zone unto himself.
queenoftheskies
Nov. 9th, 2014 08:27 am (UTC)
That's pretty cool.
asakiyume
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
It was a fun experiment.
heleninwales
Nov. 9th, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
I am learning a bit of programming at the moment, but sadly I lack both the skills and the time to try this, but it sounds like a lot of fun!
asakiyume
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
Even just shooting the breeze, we were thinking about ways to refine on it--like, fine-tuning it so that proper nouns were substituted for other proper nouns, etc.
mnfaure
Nov. 9th, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
I consider myself warned.
asakiyume
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
Good. My work here is done.
amaebi
Nov. 9th, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome. :D

And what a Borgesian project.
asakiyume
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
It *is* Borghesian, isn't it!
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