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March 26th, 2006
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Remix - what fun!
Okay, so I did remixredux for the first time. For those who don't know the concept, each participant gets assigned an author (who is also a participant) and chooses one of her/his stories to rewrite. You keep plot and pairings the same, but you can change the POV, the tone, the ending, whatever. So each person who participates gets to rewrite a story by someone else and gets to see how someone else rewrites one of his/hers. The remixed stories are posted anonymously at first, but eventually the identities of the rewriters are revealed.

They came out today. I can't break anonymity by saying who I got or which I wrote, but I will say that I took a kind of sweet and romantic story and made it thoroughly creepy whilst changing the POV. I joked to talktooloose just yesterday that someone would take one of my creepy stories and make it romantic. And that's exactly what happened.

The story of mine that got rewritten was "The Demon Lover," from my Canadian Nights series. It's told first person from Cyclops's POV. In it he's trying to cope with Logan seemingly having some sort of nervous breakdown, without letting on to anyone else what's going on. Scott offers everything he's got - sex, back rubs, reasonable argument, poetry - to help Logan calm down and see his paranoid delusions for what they are. The story is at http://mo.fandomnation.com/fic/viewstory.php?sid=124&i=1 if anyone wants to check it out.

Well, my remixer did something I wouldn't have thought possible: rewrote the story from Logan's POV and made it kind of romantic and loving. And managed to do it with an in character Wolverine at that! I enjoyed the remix a lot. I particularly loved the contrast between the way the original one has Scott talking a lot, trying to get through to Logan and the remix has Logan not even registering most of what Scott's saying - just focused on sensation. I think together you get a good picture of some of the differences between them.

The remixed story can be found at http://remix.illuminatedtext.com/dbfiction.php?fiction_id=368. Go read it and tell the author what you think! I've already thanked her. I have no idea who she is, but I'm curious to find out. My guess is she's not someone I know, though, because the style doesn't seem familiar.

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From:marag
Date:March 27th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
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Isn't the remix challenge fabulous fun? I *love* seeing what people make of my stories. They invariably do things I'd never thought of and make me think about my own story in a different way.

I'm so incredibly tickled by my remix this year :)
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From:mofic
Date:March 27th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
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It is so much fun - I'm sorry I missed it the other years.

I liked yours a lot, too. It was particularly interesting to see a drabble turn into a full-fledged story.

I've read and enjoyed a few, but haven't guessed who wrote any of them yet.
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From:marag
Date:March 27th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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I'm incredibly horrible at guessing who wrote what. Even with the one that was written for me--and there are only four or five people who could have written it--I can't guess!

I've never tried turning a drabble into a full story, but maybe I'll try that next year ::grin::

I'm working my way through the list, but I'm really looking forward to the remix of yours, because I think that's an incredibly cool idea for a remix.
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From:marag
Date:March 27th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
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Whoops ;) Anyway, I can't wait to find out who wrote what!
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From:mofic
Date:March 28th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
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Moi non plus!

Hey Mara, did you get two stories remixed this time? It looks like one of your X-Men drabbles was done, too: http://remix.illuminatedtext.com/dbfiction.php?fiction_id=672

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From:marag
Date:March 28th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC)
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Cool! Looks like my original remix was late, so Vic had someone write a pinch hit just in case :) I'm too sleepy to read it now, but I'll send them feedback when I wake up.

What an interesting choice of stories to remix too. Huh!
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From:mofic
Date:March 28th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
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Yes, isn't it funny that you got two remixed drabbles! Although it makes sense if one was a pinch hit and the other was written last minute. I think if time is short, you go with something short so you're only writing, not reading.

I was just reading all the X-Men ones, and came across it.
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From:marag
Date:March 28th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for pointing it out, because I'd be terribly embarrassed if I never sent feedback to the remixer! It's funny, too :)
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