When we are told to be creative, we usually try to be clever or original, do we not? Well, for this challenge, being creative will mean quite the opposite.
The Lines of Literature Paraphrase Challenge
Lines of Literature: Quotes from classic literature - it could be a sentence or even a paragraph - and preferably well-known ones (anything Jane Austen is well-known in my book, just to let you know).
Paraphrasing: To take the original line and, well, dumb it down. Make it dull. Uninteresting. But very understandable. Something easy to read, something that today's society would understand. So, basically reading it and rewording it as if you were trying to explain it to a child or just a non-wordy person. Making it sound modern is also acceptable as well as amusing. The meaning of the line must remain the same, however.
Why the challenge? Because the purposefully uninteresting can, in fact, be quite amusing. And it is fun to satire modern language.
Here is my example.
Original line: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." (Famous opening line of Pride and Prejudice)
My paraphrase: "Everyone knows that a single rich guy needs a wife."
Well, I do hope that made you giggle. Because that is the general idea. (Right, Miss Dashwood?)
"It is a truth universally acknowledged" shortened simply to "Everyone knows"; "in possession of a good fortune" changes to "rich"; "in want of" would be something like "needs" in today's language, and I changed "man" to "guy" just for the fun of it.
Where is all this going? Well, that depends on you, my dear readers. If I get enough entries, I might have people vote for the best and have the top five winners or something like that; if I get more than enough, I'll enlist some help from various sources to select a number of entries and have the contest-type thing I just mentioned. If I don't get that many, I will simply have another post displaying the fine work of those who participate and congratulate them on their excellent satire of modern language. If nobody takes on the challenge... well then, I shall be rather sad, and will have to satisfy myself by continuing to giggle at my own jokes.
The rules: Up to five quotes per challenge-taker. Leave your entries in a comment with the original quote, book it's from, and the book's author. I won't publish your comments, so that way no one can copy you. ;-)
Well, it begins the moment I publish this post, and I will continue to accept entries until Wednesday, March 7th, 2012.
Do you like this idea? Plan to participate? You could always spread the word a little... *hint hint*
I'm looking forward to finding out what will come of this!