Too many words for a story

Posted on 26/10/06 | in play

So, as the web already knows, Wired has printed a loada six-word stories, and Slashdot has fostered loads more.

I give you:

Death became her. Resurrection angered her.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel stepped from the –

Birth. Death. Sold sandwiches in between.

Red-hooded girl defeats transvestite wolf.

I. Angry Achilles avenges Patroclus, killing Hector.
II. Odysseus has adventures getting home (uncuckolded).

a. Hamlet dithers after uncle murders Dad.

b. Never never trust your daughters (sometimes).

c. Magician trains monster. Avenges family. Retires.

d. Witches correctly predict Scottish royal bloodbath.

“Policeman” revelation spoils long-running play.

Plane crash. Mysterious island. Interminably unexplained.

POISONED KEYBOARD KILLS HEADLINE WRITER SHOCKE…

So, c’mon people, let’s have yours.

67 Comments on “Too many words for a story”

  1. hatmandu Says:

    ,” said Seamus of his canine relationship.

  2. m1nstrel Says:

    He’s out of the office today so he’s being spared.

  3. infinitarian Says:

    However, haiku
    need heptasyllables and
    pentasyllables.

  4. hatmandu Says:

    “Out of office” message covers fury.

  5. hatmandu Says:

    Good point:

    Celebratory,
    Poets embrace constraining,
    Gleefully fettered.

  6. verlaine Says:

    Brevity proven not soul of wit.

  7. hatmandu Says:

    “Let that go,” dullard thankfully concluded.

  8. titaniccapybara Says:

    Lady weaves, sighs,
    sees Lancelot, dies.

  9. hatmandu Says:

    Blimey: it tells a story, in only six words, and rhymes! Whatever next?

  10. the_sybil Says:

    like it!

  11. vardebedian Says:

    Some confusion between syllables and words crept in there, alas. Just the Return of the King one, then, I think:

    Hobbits overcome
    Saruman; ending (alas!)
    Interminable.

    I’m going back to the first two.

  12. hatmandu Says:

    I provide foil to detective, again.

    (Henry hasn’t got a LiveJournal, still.)

  13. brightybot Says:

    Here’s the last 3 books I’ve read:

    Man becomes monster, intermittently at first
    Diamond stolen from god, eventually returned
    Fortune lost? Become teacher then marry.

  14. hatmandu Says:

    Greek: “Hamartia; peripeteia; anagnorisis; catharsis (audience escapes).”

  15. vigornian Says:

    And then the duck bit me.

  16. lisekit Says:

    Dog dies. Dad done did it.

  17. hatmandu Says:

    Nice!