Next Thursday, August 7, monthly fanfiction event Shipwreck, will take its motto – "ruin good things" – to a new level; it will feature an erotic fanfiction contest of children's novel, The Giver.
Created by Amy Stephenson of The Booksmith and Casey Childers and Steven Westdahl of Write Club SF, Shipwreck gives writers the opportunity to really explore their creative side in an unorthodox, irreverent, but fun way – by revamping and defiling timeless literary classics. The trio picks a book and chooses six local writers, allocating a character from the novel to each. The authors then write a scene based on the perspective of said character that’ll be read aloud to the audience, who will vote on their top three favorite stories. The absolute winner will be invited to participate in the next Shipwreck event.
The Giver, written by Lois Lowry in 1993, is a YA lit favorite (a soon-to-be-released film adapted from the book comes out next month) and Newbery Medal Winner. It's a dystopian novel devoid of sexuality, making it perfect for erotic fanfic parody.
Previously sullied books by Shipwreck include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hobbit, and The Catcher in the Rye.
Adding to the fun, one of the local writers who will be giving The Giver a sexy twist is none other than former child star, Mara Wilson, better known for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and children’s book-turned-movie, Matilda. She’ll join both the June and July winners Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Gabriel Cubbage, respectively; along with Na'amen Tilahun, Deborah Kenmore, and Tara Marsden.
Shipwreck takes place on August 7 at 7 p.m. at The Booksmith. Tickets are $10 and include an open bar, which is a good thing because, let’s be honest, erotica is so much better when you’re drunk.
[H/t: SF Weekly; image via Thinkstock]