Monday, September 18, 2017

#MadLibMonday - It by Stephen King

When I was growing up, I loved Mad Libs. The excitement of sort of writing your own story really appealed to me. So I thought it would be fun to mesh that love with my love of books by turning blurbs into mad libs and letting you guys write your own book blurbs. 

For anyone that doesn't know how Mad Libs work, I will ask you for certain parts of speech or other specific things (i.e.: date, age, color, etc.) which you will write down. After you have completed your list, scroll down below the cover image to find the redacted blurb. Then read through it substituting your words where applicable. Try not to laugh. (Laughing is actually strongly encouraged, because this is supposed to be funny.)

Some brief definitions of the parts of speech.
Noun: Person, place, or thing.
Verb: Describes or indicates action.
Adverb: Modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb expressing manner, place, time, or degree (gently, here, now, very).
Adjective: Names an attribute of a noun (pretty, blue, large)
Pronoun: A word that can function as a noun (I, we, they)
Preposition: a word that combines with a noun or pronoun to form a phrase that usually acts as an adverb, adjective, or noun (on, after, for)

And with that, here we go.

1: Plural noun
2: Adjective
3: Verb
4: Adverb
5: Plural noun
6: Verb ending in ing
7: Verb, past tense
8: Verb
9: Adjective
10: Plural noun


Genre: Horror
Published: September 1986
Pages: 1396

To the (   1: Plural noun   ), the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: (   2: Adjective   ), well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who (   3: Verb   ) - and felt - what made Derry so (   4: Adverb   ) different. In the storm (   5: Plural noun   ), in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, (   6: Verb ending in ing   ) . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children (   7: Verb, past tense   ) up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to (   8: Verb   ) IT as IT stirred and coiled in the (   9: Adjective   ) depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past (   10: Plural noun   ) a terrible present reality.

Now that your fun is through, here is the real blurb for It by Stephen King.

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

If you enjoyed this mad lib, please comment with your list below so that the rest of us can get a chuckle out of it as well. And be sure to share it on your favorite social media sites. - Katie 

15 comments:

  1. 1: Plural noun - cats
    2: Adjective - beautiful
    3: Verb - sleep
    4: Adverb - quickly
    5: Plural noun - books
    6: Verb ending in ing - swimming
    7: Verb, past tense - cried
    8: Verb - run
    9: Adjective - warm
    10: Plural noun - boys

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    1. I hate it when my past boys become a terrible present reality. LOL. Love your answers. Thanks for playing along. - Katie

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  2. I've never read 'it', but watched the original film. Fun game though

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  3. 1: refrigerators
    2: sexy
    3: lick
    4: badly
    5: bottles
    6: rapping
    7: played
    8: dream
    9: small
    10: vests

    That should make for a good one!

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    1. It's rapping was definitely the most terrifying part of the story for me :) LOL. Thanks for playing. - Katie

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  4. OMG - this cover gives me the chills!

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  5. Okay scary cover and book aside, this is tons of fun. It's weird though because I'm still traumatized by It from when I was a kid, but strangely I want to read this novel... don't know what I'm thinking lol.

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    1. If it helps, Pennywise doesn't feature as heavily in the book as he does in the movie. In the book, his manifestations are much more diverse for each character. - Katie

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  6. I want to understand how you guys sleep at night reading these things! I enjoyed tour mad lub though, even though it seemed like it could have easily replaced the actual synopsis of the book. You go ahead with your brave self!

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    1. I don't know about everyone else, but I've always been a fan of horror, both books and movies. They just don't scare me that much for some reason. - Katie

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