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Stella Blue

The idea of a good story summary, as we all know, is to get a reader interested in the story through a short paragraph or sentence that gives clues as to what the story is about. However, because it’s entertaining to poke fun at the things we love, this thread is the opposite: where you write a technically true but misguided summary that makes a story sound less appealing than it is. :P 

 

Examples:

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone

An 11-year-old has conspiracy theories about one of his teachers and gets into a fight with a grown man over a rock.

 

The Lord of the Rings

Frodo Baggins goes to great lengths to discard litter on a mountain.

 

 

So.... Write a bad summary of your own fic, or a published novel, if you'd rather not mock your own writing :P, and post it here!

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just.a.willow.tree

Oh I love these! There are so many good ones on Twitter. 😂 I'll do one of my own and one published one!

you again

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Two dumb humans repeat the same mistakes over and over for five hundred years.

Alice in Wonderland

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A girl gets high.

 

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victoria_anne
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These are amazing :P 

The Harder They Fall:

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Boy wants to find girl then changes his mind once he does.

Hartwood Academy

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Boy has birthmark that causes a lot of drama.

The Raven Cycle:

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A group of co-dependent teenagers search for a dead king.

 

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Couldn't resist adding another :P
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Slide

Oh, too much fun!

Ignite:

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A privileged teenager sulks his way through a crisis; is inevitably acclaimed hero of the hour anyway.

 

And for published fare, Captain Corelli's Mandolin:

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A small island community is more worried by internal drama than its Nazi occupation.

 

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ShadowRose

Oh my goodness I love this so much. 😂

Complicated:

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Girl spends entire story attempting to keep her varying relationship status with the same boy a secret from everyone else. Is not very good at it.

 

 

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Stella Blue

Omg I'm loving all of these ^

When I made the original post I didn't take the opportunity to make fun of myself so I'm posting again just for that :P 

 

Icarus:

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Lily tells a few lies,  becomes a terrible houseguest, and then turns 25 twice.

 

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WIGOWY

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Girl in love gets cheated on, makes a lifestyle out of it.

 

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Rumpelstiltskin

This is a hilarious thread. I love this thread with all my heart.

 

For We, Lawbreaking Citizens

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Two men fall in love and are fluffy and gay while they try to escape a drug-pushing regime.  They like poetry.

 

For Gerald's Game by Stephen King

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A married couple go on vacation to reignite their love life. The hubby kicks the bucket after handcuffing his wife to the bed in a perfect sexy-time-gone-wrong scenario. She has to figure out how to escape before a stray neighborhood dog eats her. 

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sunshine_locks
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on miracle:

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girl gets a letter into hogwarts. wizarding world gets her into dumb stuff while all she wants is to explore. thinks about noping out of there multiple times.

on wrong place, wrong time:

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boy is pulled into weird time turner thing. knows too many memes and is exasperated the whole way. he might never go back home, but he's strangely indifferent to it.

on little red:

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girl gets too arrogant. thinks apathy is the new Cool, probably.

 

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Levana

I mean all my story summaries are already bad anyway, but I'll make them worse xD

for Two Months

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Girl accidentally reveals that magic is real to another girl, but that other girl is like super cute. Happy gayness ensues.

For The Exaggerated True Story of Cordelia Kendall

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A girl who is totally not a self-insert is the fourth friend in the Fred-George-Lee friendship

For Then Time Stood Still

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George is saaaad. Ron is a pretty rad brother.

 

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RoxiMalfoy
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OMGosh, I love this topic so much, haha!!! 😂 Here is mine for Love, Not War [M] lol!!!

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Draco Malfoy is forced to accept help from his blood-traitorous enemies as he sorts through his unresolved daddy issues. Meanwhile, a know-it-all from America moves in too, and tries to act like she "understands his feelings" or whatever, in an attempt to get closer to him... Yep. I'm sure nothing can do wrong here at all! 

I think that pretty much sums it all up, I'd say. 😅

 

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Felpata_Lupin

Have to jump on the bandwagon... :P

All the truth about Jimmy Portman

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American child transferred to UK discovers his father is a wanted criminal who kidnapped him; he gets quite grumpy over that.

 

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ShadowRose

I don't even have the good summary written for Complex yet, but I have the bad one:

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Adult relationships are somehow even harder than teenage ones, and no one understands how work-life balance works. Oh, and a bunch of people are murdered for having bad grades.

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Stella Blue
On ‎7‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 11:56 AM, Levana said:

I mean all my story summaries are already bad anyway, but I'll make them worse xD

for Two Months

Girl accidentally reveals that magic is real to another girl, but that other girl is like super cute. Happy gayness ensues.

 

Omg, I NEED to read this. Even the bad summary has me totally sold on it XD

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TidalDragon

Here's one (1) for Evolution

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Secretly bookish popular guy and openly bookish popular girl realize they don't actually hate each other and become the power couple that defends their school from a super-villain's plot for world domination.

 

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Lady Ausra
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This thread is AWESOME. Here's mine:

The Princess Bride: (Which is very, very different from the movie, just so you're warned)

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Girl meets boy. Girl proves to be flake when boy leaves to get a life. Girl then grows up. There's also a ton of guys who don't know when to let something go. Author spectates, a LOT.

The Hunger Games trilogy:

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Meet Katniss Everdeen, also known as GMO Bird. The list of things she cares about is short, and overthrowing the corrupt government killing teenagers for fun isn't one of them.

The Grass Is Greener On the Other Side (Or So They Say) (M) by me

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An uppity ward decides to play god (Or is it Merlin?) while Fem!Harry angsts over her general existence. Also, Voldemort and Barty Jr. are somewhere, but it doesn't seem to be much of a priority, for some reason.

 

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