HAPPY BIRTHDAY SENGOKU BASARA!
July 21st is Sengoku Basara’s 9th anniversary since its release of their very first game! (So technically that was yesterday in Japan, but y’know) Thanks for bringing so much ridiculous fun in my life and teaching me that giant robots and dancing samurais roamed around Japan back in the era of Sengoku. Hope you keep on partying!
I’m really excited about Perfect Copy, even though the timing is bad for me, and I won’t be signing up this time. (I did promise the mods that I will pinch hit though.)
I know that a lot of people wonder what a remix looks like or what can fall under the idea of a remix, and having spent a lot of time thinking about this topic myself, I thought I’d link some helpful meta posts I’ve found on the subject:
you can hear ‘em in the backroom strumming by musesfool:
One of the things that I am always surprised to hear people say is that they feel wedded to the original author’s characterizations and view of canon. And I just do not think that has to be the case at all. The whole point of remix is not to write a story for your remixee - they’ve already written the story they wanted (mostly; sometimes you pick a story and find out later they were unhappy with what they’d done with it or whatever). The whole point of remix is for you to write your version of the story. And that includes changing the characterization if you disagree or can’t make it work (we keep pairings the same because that seems to me to be a basic plot element, but one that can easily be backgrounded if the need arises). […]
The questions I ask myself when I remix are, “What is this story about?” and then, “How would I tell that story?” Once I’ve decided the former, I see what I have to keep and what I can jettison in order to do the latter. I realize, that as the mod, I probably feel a lot more comfortable messing around with what I consider the basic plotline than participants do (given the number of questions I fielded about this, and my gut response to you is, don’t ask, because mostly when you ask and explain, it sounds like something I should say no to, and I do, because I don’t have the stories in front of me to make that call, and I don’t want to be the one making that call. But if you just do it and present it as a fait accompli, I am unlikely to bitch you out for it, as it has probably worked), but this is what I am telling you - there is a reason “The Little Mermaid” is the example used in the FAQ, and it’s not because the Disney version is a faithful retelling of the original fairytale. The basic plot elements - mermaid longs for life on land, makes deal with sea witch, loses voice - are the same, but so much is not (up to and including the ending).
If I’d known when I started what I know now, I’d have called it the Cover Me Challenge or something, because it’s much more akin to artists covering the same song than it is to actually remixing (though you can remix, it’s just harder to explain well, which is why we have this discussion every year), but it’s like taking a song and reinterpreting it. So the original artist might have recorded it as an electronic dance song and the remake might strip it down to an acoustic guitar and a girl’s voice (e.g., “Bizarre Love Triangle” - bouncy new wave electronic dance hit in the original by New Order, sparse love song when Frente covered it). Dolly Parton’s version of “Stairway to Heaven” is so awesome not just because she’s Dolly Parton, but because she does something so unexpected and different with such a familiar song.
Re: Mixing by cupidsbow
- Ask yourself “What is this story about?” and then “How would I tell that story?” for each of the original stories you consider remixing.
- Think of the original story as “canon” and riff off it the same way you would in any other fanfic.
- Stay true to the spirit rather than the detail of the story.
- Find a way to make it your own, so that you love it the way you love your own stories.
It’s worthwhile to note that while the story which is successful as a remix takes place in a different story universe than the original, the story which is not takes place in the same story universe. This isn’t always or even commonly the case, but I do think that the level of anxiety about doing something which upsets the author may be lessened if we remember that one can write a good remix outside of the story universe of the original.
So, how does this aesthetic standard of remix translate into writing a remix? I think that writing a remix means looking at the original and asking two questions: what is this about? what’s happening here?
The answers (and they are always multiple) to What is this about? are not a plot summary of the original story. This is more of a question about the themes of the original story, its subtext (in the broader literary sense), the positions the story is staking out in the larger fanfiction community’s discussion about the characters and their world, and the story’s function as commentary on the source. Answers to What is this about? may not reflect the author’s original intent, either because the author was insufficiently skilled to communicate her ideas or because the ideas in the story which interest the remixer may not have particularly interested the author. […]
The answers to What’s Happening Here? start with the plot. I would suggest, however, that rather than looking for a plot summary, the more appropriate way to envision the plot is a map. Because the remix is not a recapitulation of the original, but an intersection with it, any of the plot’s points may be incorporated into the remix, not merely the major plot points. But the storystuff which can be included in remix is not limited to the original’s plot. Characters, settings, images, dialogue, narrative phrases, and tone are all candidates for the remix.
Finally, I always return to this comment by petronia (a.k.a. genufa on Tumblr) as a good way to think about all the different ways of remixing fic:
1) the “add more dansudansu sparklies” remix: keep the original plot as is but up the pleasure principle, tighten the script, add more jokes and fanservice, insert sex scene if required.
2) the “turn this acoustic folk into electrohouse” remix: change the genre. Keep the characterisation development arc and/or romance intact but instead of realism, write it as hardboiled detective fiction. Or take present-day story and set it in the Heian.
3) the “strip it down to the bassline and chorus” and/or “punk cover” remix: take a long and intricate story and retell it in as few words as possible.
4) the “loop this synth riff for nine minutes” remix: take a short story and run with the possibilities raised, expand to limits of plot.
5) the “camp eurohouse DJ cover” remix: slash it.
6) the “sample a few bars, make unrelated track” remix: rejig the story completely keeping only one key event the same, tell it from the eyes of a narrator in the opposite camp, etc.
Title: Halloween is still 4 months away.jpg
Team: Akashi Seijuurou / Team Rakuzan
Challenge: Challenge No. 76, Team Battle
Inspired by this.
Very very late to post, but here is my Index for Basketball Poet Society’s Remix: Perfect Copy Challenge.
My works are 100% drawings. The index is comprised of preview images with short descriptions (there’s no mobile version). To my Remixer, please feel free to message me if there’s any problem or comment or question. I would love and appreciate any kind of remix (fiction or illustration).
╭( ・ㅂ・)و ̑̑ Let’s go.
Kiseki no Basara. LOL
Someone’s not getting a handshake after the Winter Cup.
Introducing Perfect Copy: a Kuroko no Basket Fanfic and Fanart Remix Challenge!
What is a remix?
For a remix challenge, you take a story or piece of art and rewrite or redraw it. Reinterpret the work in your own vision and style, like Kise’s Perfect Copy, or as a remixer does to songs.
The only things that can’t be changed are pairing and basic plot line. For the rest, the sky’s the limit. Your remix can resemble the original as much or as little as you like. The idea is to create a story that can share a general summary with the original but is entirely, uniquely yours.
For artwork, artists may choose to remix a specific scene or a series of scenes from a story or remix another piece of artwork. The remixed piece should in some way have significant changes from the original – be creative and make the piece your own rather than just a simple redraw or reproduction of a scene!
June 29: Sign ups open.
July 19: Deadline for sign ups.
July 20: Assignments go out.
August 17: Deadline for defaulting.
August 23: Works are due by11:59 PM EST.
August 24: Works go live.
August 31: Artists/authors revealed.
• Pairings and plot line must remain as presented in the original story. You can remix a story to a gen story if absolutely necessary, but the idea is to write the same story your own way, and these are the two fundamental aspects of any work.
• Everyone participating will be randomly assigned to another participating author/artist. From the pool of that author/artist’s works, participants can choose any piece and must produce a story of minimum 1000 words (or an equivalent artwork of at least 800x800 px completed to a good effort).
Participants are welcome to go above and beyond and produce more than one remixed work as long as they at least meet the above guidelines.
• Please indicate when you sign up if you are willing to do a cross-medium remix (i.e. write a story based on a piece of art or draw a picture based on a story, or only want to do an art-art or fic-fic remix).
• During the course of the challenge, your remix should not be posted anywhere except to the AO3 collection. You are welcome to repost your story/art to other sites after the challenge has ended!
• To participate, authors and artists must provide at least 8 fics for a combined total of at least 5000 words (or 8 or more equivalent artworks – see below link for requirements). This can be a mix of drabbles or longer fic (or completed paintings or sketches) – the idea is to provide a selection for remixers to make sure they can find an idea to work with.
• Works must be publicly accessible and listed in an index on either AO3 or tumblr.
For full details, rules, and sign ups, see the Perfect Copy page on AO3.
(With special thanks to grimorie for coloring our banner pic!)
Title: OTP Cranes - 20 in all
Characters/Pairing: Miragen x Partners, KiyoIzu, SusaIma, RikoMomo, American Trio etc. etc.
Challenge: CHALLENGE 79 TANABATA
Summary: In which things got out of hand because ships orz I apologise beforehand for the lack of appropriate colours/patterns for some of them (poor Kuroko is white and Mayuzumi is lilac because I don’t have light blue or grey) and the fact that I only have two origami sizes (over 185cm gets the bigger paper and under 185 all get the smaller) - and poor Murasakibara who is made of construction paper.
Ship pics under readmore