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Oct. 25th, 2006

06:59 pm - This story's just six words long

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Wired Magazine has an article titled Very Short Stories: stories of only six words, written by 33 famous authors.

This article is a fun and quick read, and it got me thinking. First, I was reminded of Isaac Asimov's short story "Silly Asses", which I realized could easily be crunched down to six words:

"A-bomb tests on OWN PLANET? Dumbasses."

And then I came up with a six-word version of the entire Harry Potter series, including the not-yet-written seventh book:

Survived evil wizard. Kill him someday!

Ooo, I can also trim Arthur C. Clarke's 10-word story, thus:

God: "Cancel GENESIS.EXE." No more universe.

What other stories can be shortened to six words (or fewer)?

Current Mood: calmterse
Current Music: Weird Al - (This Song's Just) Six Words Long

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From:electronin
Date:October 25th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Dune series:
Complicated outer space desert planet wars.

Hell's Angels(Hunter Thompson):
Nosy writer got stomped by bikers.

The Master Key(l. Frank baum):
Humanity isn't ready for imaginary gadgets.
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From:bluerain
Date:October 25th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Guess what this one is?

"Holden Caulfield sulks around New York."
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From:wolflahti
Date:October 25th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Gatsby had a fairly good day.

Sauron rose and fell. Bad ring!
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From:patcat
Date:October 25th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
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"Whitewashed a fence?" Soon, all were.
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From:rogerirrelevant
Date:October 25th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Lolita:
"She's a bit young, isn't she?"

George's Marvellous Medicine:
"Poisoned grandmothers grow large then disappear"

Fight Club:
"Bish bash wallop punch smack wibble"
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From:masem
Date:October 25th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Blown-up Earth? See the universe!
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From:patcat
Date:October 25th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Bastion, once upon a time there
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From:halfelf
Date:October 25th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Three siblings face numerous perils, cry. (Series of Unfortunate Events)

Jesus was human after all too! (DaVinci Code)

Virus clears battleground; good versus evil. (The Stand)

Searching for what's inside takes time. (Wizard of Oz)
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From:bassfingers
Date:October 25th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
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I used to do similar, but shorter, at Four Word Film Review.

Some of my old ones:

"The Loin King" (Tarzan)
"Swine Trek: First Contact" (Muppets From Space)
"Shaved By the Belle" (Beauty & the Beast)
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From:bassfingers
Date:October 25th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
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And my favorite from there (not mine)

"Icy dead people." (Titanic)
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From:darksasami
Date:October 25th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Let's see, how 'bout "Fahrenheit 451?"

Burn books! Wait, no, memorize them.

Too easy. How about "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid:"

Herptile confounds Achilles, brandishing syntactic jigsaws.

Shoot, now that I'm on Hofstadter I have to:

Translate: "Girl, / sick; / recover; / nosh, / girl!"
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 25th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I could do this with plays:

Prince avenges dad; many more die.

Forbidden lovers get confused, kill themselves. (Actually, this could apply to more than one play I know.)

Men going by Ernest get girls.

Two bums wait endlessly for savior.

French diplomat falls for Chinese... actress?

Mephistopholis betrays warlock with conflicted conscience.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 25th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
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My two favourite books (hint, both are by George Orwell:)

Animals eject humans, run farm.

Lies are truth, government wins.

(And yes, I deliberately was shooting for UNDER six words.)
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From:darksasami
Date:October 25th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I thought about doing Animal Farm, but your condensation really needs that one more word.

Animals eject humans, run farm identically.
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From:nefaria
Date:October 26th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
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Tolkien's masterpiece, Readers Digest condensed version:
Melt ring most convoluted way possible.
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From:darksasami
Date:October 26th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
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Whereas wolflahti's didn't, this makes me think of:

Liquify ringlet; utilize hardest earthly methods.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 26th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
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Hahahah! Perfect!
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From:klepsydra
Date:October 26th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
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"Silly Asses" by Asimov, not Bradbury.

(There, six words. :p)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 26th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
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Coulda sworn it was Bradbury. Edited.
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From:fionacat
Date:October 26th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
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Car crash, legs broke, forced writing.

Porcine trio, straw, wood, bricks. 2/3 dead.

Space virus arrives, kills, mutates, harmless.

Two Italians, love. Familes hate. Death.

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From:octan
Date:October 26th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
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(stolen from a TV sketch)

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway: Old guy goes after big fish.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville: Buncha guys go after big fish.

Jaws by Peter Benchley: Big fish goes after buncha guys.
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From:ajoreilly
Date:October 26th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Sideways Stories from Wayside School: Blueprints, turned quarterwise, make school kooky. (I didn't even like this book all that much.)

Maniac Magee: Transient kid unites city, homers amphibian.

Circuit of Heaven: Love in the Matrix; furry servants.
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