Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Meme Mutation

When Fev is involved, we're in trouble. But in this case, we have Language Czarina to thank.

Welcome to the Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme.

I've borrowed The Czarina's language below and added the Homer subgenre. Top that, Meme-ists!

The statements below are all of the form "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is...." Copy the statements into your blog. Before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

* You can leave them exactly as is.
* You can delete any one statement.
* You can mutate either the genre, the medium, or the subgenre of any one statement. For instance, you could change "The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is..." to "The best time travel novel in Westerns is..." or "The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is..." or "The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is...."
* You can add a completely new statement of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is...."
* You must have at least one statement in your set, or you've gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you're not viable.

Then complete your possibly mutant set of statements. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.

Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed statements generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.

The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is Kindred by Octavia Butler
The best scary movie in the monster genre is The Host
The best romantic song in musical theater is "Caravan" from Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies
The best instrumental album in bluegrass is 58957: The Bluegrass Guitar Collection by Tony Rice
The best screwball movie in comedy is His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
The best Homer-influenced movie in the comedy genre is O Brother Where Art Thou?, starring George Clooney and Tim Blake Nelson

I am passing this along to:

Dictionary Evangelist

Kathy Schenck

John McIntyre

Sree Sreenivasan

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