We tried this a while back and got a goodish number of entries; this time we've tidied up the prompt a bit, removed the titles that were used last time, and added a couple of new ones.
Last time the challenge was to spoof Mary-Sue characters; this time the challenge is referential. From small references and subtle in-jokes to full-blown crossovers, this one is all about throwing other fandoms into the mix. (Remember to adapt your disclaimers!)
Pick any title - but as we're allowing multiple fics with the same name, just remember to add your name to it in brackets. As for plot, go mad. If it fits the title and meets SIYE's basic requirements, it's OK by us.
The titles can be found on this list.
Indulge your other fandoms, cross your overs, ref your erences! Madness is not a handicap in this challenge - in fact, it's positively encouraged.
Your guidelines - not even remotely required, but you'll be rewarded with candy (and the candy is points) and possibly have some more fun:
- One way or another, show a conflict between the established rules of the two (or more?) narrative worlds.
- Include one or more of the following ancient and less-ancient tropes (when in doubt, check www.tvtropes.org):
- Implausible parentage
- Fanservice with censor steam
- The Intermagicnet is for porn (but only if it's PG-13)
- Join the Foreign Legion to forget
- Incongruous refereeing (red cards on a battlefield?)
- The maiden, the mother and the... other one
- Multiple variations of Ginny's real name (at least one of which should be "Cyril")
- Style your story as:
- A travel programme
- A quiz show
- A sci-fi spectacular
- A Mills & Boone romance
- A noir murder mystery
- Be really very funny indeed.
- You know the drill. Any length, any rating, but preferrably below 20K and below R would be nice.
- All entries must be submitted under the Crossing Over Challenge (2011-4) sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Tuesday, the 15th of November 2011.
- Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapter(s) that are submitted by the deadline.
- The categories for judging are Best Overall, Best Comedy, Most Insane, and Greatest Advance In The Field Of Molecular Gastronomy.
Bonus phrases for extra creativity are the following. Using any or all of them is not required. A good, creative story will always count much stronger than any bonus.
- “I don't think that's going to fit.”
- “You have white tendencies in your trousers, you bloody agent.”
- “You put it in there, you get it out!”
- “Just goes to show, a million people can be wrong.”
- “I think we might be in trouble.”
- “It's not what it looks like! It all started when...”
Like the original Mary-Sue Challenge, this is a looser challenge than usual. Go ahead, be a bit mad.