The mutating genre meme

I saw this meme at Kaethe’s blog.  She decided not to play, but I was intrigued enough to pick it up (especially since I’m beat from N’s birthday celebrations).  It’s a little more complicated than your basic meme, but not as much work as writing a real post.

The Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme 

A blogging and scientific experiment.

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is …".

Copy
the questions, and 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 question.
  • You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one
    question. 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
    question 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 question in your set, or you’ve gone extinct,
and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you’re not viable.  Then
answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link
back to the "parent" 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 questions generate and the number of
successful attempts at reproducing them.

My great-great-grandparent is Pharyngula.
My great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My grandparent is The Flying Trilobite.
My parent is Pro-Science (by adoption).

The best time travel short story in SF/Fantasy is:
The Lincoln Train, by Maureen McHugh
 
The best feminist movie in scientific dystopias is:
 Aliens

The best sad song in rock is:
Hallelujah (as sung by Rufus Wainwright in the Shrek soundtrack)
 
The best cult novel in Canadian fiction is:
Not Wanted On the Voyage, by Timothy Findley
 
I’m not going to tag anyone, but anyone who wants to play is invited to do so.  Comment or trackback here if you do.

2 Responses to “The mutating genre meme”

  1. (the other) Elizabeth Says:

    Fun… I agree about Hallelujah and Timothy Findley. Never read the Lincoln Train. Now I got to go find it, yes?

  2. Kaethe Says:

    I’m tickled the you took up the meme that I didn’t exactly do.

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