Here is an entertaining post from Robert J Sawyer: Favorite books in six words
Yesterday on my Facebook wall, we played this game:
Describe the plot of your favorite book in exactly six words — but don’t say what it is, let us guess.
I described seven favorite books thusly. Here are the descriptions, along with the books’ titles
I like this one the best:
“Hen lays dinosaur egg; chaos ensues.”
Can you figure out which book this is? I would not have recognized it, but I do think I would have loved this as a child.
Here’s a link to Sawyer’s Facebook post, if you’d like to click through and read some of the many, many clever entries.
Here’s one I recognized instantly: Dennis Dickens — “Successful lunar revolt with computer assistance.”
I find this one evocative: Anthony Marchese — “Entrepreneur builds park, ignores chaos theory.” What would that be?
I’m not very good at this sort of thing, but how about — “Girl seeks mother; unfortunately, finds her.”
That six-word limit is a killer. I don’t see how to do this one with fewer than seven — “Cousins learn flying and magic, save homeland.” I mean, I’d hate to leave out either main character, so honestly, seven seems to be the best I can do.
I definitely admire people who are good at pithiness and one-liners. I expect people who can do this easily are also talented at coming up with one-sentence pitches for a book. And perhaps even, for that matter, with book titles.