A Combination (Saturday Writing Essential)

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In February of this year, I said I’d be combining some of the old challenges and this seems like a good time to see if that’s going to work.

In July, 2010, I asked you to review a restaurant and I left it pretty much open allowing you to review a five-star restaurant or a fast food place. Abbie H.  responded with a review of  Dunkin’ Donuts  and, in a comment I mentioned it would be neat to see a review of the Green Dragon Inn in Bywater, Middle Earth.

Then, in October of that year, I asked you to write fan fiction. Hmm, restaurant review and fan fiction? Yep, that sounds pretty much the perfect combination for this week’s challenge.

 

This Week’s Challenge:

Pretend that you just had a meal in a fictional restaurant. Using prose or poetry, give us the name of the restaurant, where (and when) it’s located, a description of it, tell us something about the other patrons, describe what you had for breakfast/lunch/dinner, and finish with a review of the overall dining experience including the price.

 

Ideas:

You’re an officer aboard the USS Caine. Describe a meal in the wardroom with Captain Queeg.

Similarly, you’re an officer aboard the Red October. Describe a meal in the wardroom of that boat.

An obvious choice: describe your dining experience at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Your character is a laborer building Jurassic Park and, prior to its opening, (s)he has a chance to eat in the main dining room.

You received an invitation to attend the first night’s service in Hell’s Kitchen in Hollywood. How was your meal?

 

Watch Out For:

I included this discussion in my fan fiction challenge and I’ll include it here for your benefit.

There are those that view Fan Fiction as a form of derivative use and, thus, permissible under the copyright law. Many supporters of Fan Fiction quote a portion of the copyright law that allows the author “To experiment with variations of copyrighted material for fair use purposes, while preserving the integrity of the original.”

Detractors point out that the passage allows experimentation, but does not allow distribution of said works — meaning you can write it, but you can’t distribute it.

Legality? Wow, that’s still being studied by any number of lawyers and judges. Here are a few links to let you know what’s happening in the fan fiction world.

Fan Fiction
How to Write a Fan Fiction
A How-To of Fan Fiction
Discussion of Fan Fiction

As an added argument in favor of fan fiction, a number of authors and producers have come out in favor of it and said they welcome such take-offs on their work. Others have decried it and positively said they would not allow fan fiction based on their works.

Keep in mind that we are not dealing with parody. Space Balls, in my mind is one of the greatest parodies of all time, but it is not fan fiction. Even though you know whom the characters are supposed to represent, they all have different names. That, in itself, is a major difference.

Fan fiction uses the original names and maintains the integrity of the characters. You can place the original characters in an entirely new situation and it is then fan fiction.

 

Recap:

A very interesting week. I’ll admit I was expecting more sex. Uh, wait, let me rephrase that; I was expecting to see situations where someone used or withheld sex (or the promise of it) to get his/her way.

Break Room ~ for Saturday Writing Essential  by JOHN BECK

Come On and Take a Free ride…. Saturday Writing Essential  by jeanne clarke

I Can’t Do His Job! (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Len Maxwell

JUST DO IT AND STOP BEING A JERK-satwe  by karen vaughan

No matter In The Batter: Saturday Writing Essentials  by William Dotani

Saturday Writing Essential – whose job was that?  By Sheila Deeth

Saturday Writing Essential (Feb 11, 2012) What’you Talkin-bout Willis?  By Chuck S.

Saturday Writing Essential ~ St Valentines Day  by Allen H.

Saturday Writing Essentials (SatWE) – Mr. W  by Pam Brittain

The last song-satwe  by karen Vaughan

 

Weekly reminder: Don’t forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida’s article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.

The Rules:

  • Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.

Challenge: Pretend that you just had a meal in a fictional restaurant. Using prose or poetry, give us the name of the restaurant, where (and when) it’s located, a description of it, tell us something about the other patrons, describe what you had for breakfast/lunch/dinner, and finish with a review of the overall dining experience including the price.

  • There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
  • Post to Gather Writing Essential.
  • Tag your submission with SatWE.
  • Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
  • I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.

Good Writing!

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