Hello all! Thanks for all the tips on avoiding boredom!
In the comments of my last post, I was talking to Scarlett about fanfiction, and the short piece I wrote for my group of teenage writers on NaNoWriMo. We're all huge Hunger Games fans, and yesterday, we were talking about what it would be like if we were in the Hunger Games. So, here's this short little fic I wrote (195 words) based on us (the Purple Elephants) in the Hunger Games.
“Let the Games begin!” shouted a voice, coming from seemingly nowhere.
Rosie stepped calmly off her plate, and looked around. She began to walk calmly toward the Cornucopia. This was their plan. No fighting, no murder. This was how they would do it.
All twenty-four tributes were walking slowly and purposefully towards the Cornucopia. She could practically hear the Capitol’s outrage.
She reached the Cornucopia, and stood in the steadily-forming ring of tributes.
She nodded to the two tributes on either side of her—Brody and Eva.
It was Lady.
They all nodded. Carefully, they began rifling through the items in the Cornucopia.
“Anyone want a knife?” Lady asked.
“I suppose I’ll take it,” said Brody, after a moment, and it was passed along from Lady to Brody.
“Bow and arrow?” Lady called out.
“I’ll take that,” Lauri said, holding out her hand for it. She nodded in appreciation for its fine craftsmanship, and slung it across her back. Food was passed out, and the little medicine in the Cornucopia was spread evenly among them. Weapons were distributed, and, for the first time ever, there wasn’t a single death within ten minutes of starting.
So, what do you think? We all decided (shortly before I wrote this little guy) that we wouldn't be able to kill each other, and would all be allies, which is where the point of the fic stems from. If you're wondering why it's based around Rosie, that's because on the NaNoWriMo forums, I generally go by Rosie. I had fun with it, but there has been very little editing, so it's not very polished.
Have any of you guys read the Hunger Games? If so, thoughts? If not, why not? The fact that I like the Hunger Games is actually quite surprising. I am really not a fan of dystopian novels, which, considering that recently the YA genre has been flooded with them is rather unfortunate. I much prefer regular fantasy.
Dystopia. What do you guys think of it? Generally, I can’t really stand it. The only two dystopian series/novels I've ever really liked, are The Hunger Games, and the Uglies series (though I've only read book one). My friend and I were walking home from school one day a couple months ago, and came up for this formula for most dystopian novels.
Bad history of a society + government taking over + a random girl a hundred years after the government has taken over, who meets a guy + guy explaining about some form of rebellion + guy gets between girl and her long-time guy best friend + eventually girl joins rebellion + girl figuring out how to stop the government in some way= a dystopian novel
Do you guys have anything to add (or subtract) to my dystopian formula?
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