Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Name That Genre! #36

TITLE: MG
GENRE: SECRET

Simon didn’t like breaking the law, but exploring an abandoned theme park was just too exciting turn down.

To be fair, Simon hadn’t set out with the intentions of trespassing. He’d been at Mrs. Drew’s finishing his homework, when he’d run out of pages to read. Bored and with his elderly babysitter snoring in front of her TV, Simon went to leave a note saying he was going for a walk, as any good twelve-year-old should.

Something giggled from the kitchen shelf.

Simon jumped. Perched next to her black, plastic shoes, an ancient doll bobbled with laughter, her eyes faded and wide. Simon bolted halfway down the street before the screen door had a chance to creek shut.

Whack!

“Owww.” Simon rubbed his forehead. He took a few steps back to get a better view of the paint-chipped “Welcome” sign. The bottom half, which faintly read “to Midway”, was covered with wild vines.

30 comments:

  1. Fantasy.

    Something about the ancient giggling doll and the closed amusement park with a welcome sign half covered with wild vines read creepy to me. I'm expecting a ghost, or dragon or magician to appear next.

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  2. Horror

    The doll. And the foreboding about the amusement park.

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  3. Paranormal?

    The doll and amusement park made seemed less gory than traditional horror, so I went with paranormal.

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  4. fantasy or horror

    the giggling doll

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  5. Fantasy

    Giggling doll and creepy amusement park.

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  6. Mystery

    An abandoned theme park reminds me of Scooby-Doo

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  7. HORROR

    Giggling dolls and an abandoned amusement park makes me think horror.

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  8. paranormal

    The giggling doll and the amusement park make me think of possession/ghosts.

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  9. Horror

    But maybe just a creepy magic realism?

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  10. I'm leaning toward fantasy.

    A giggling doll doesn't sound scary, just not normal.

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  11. I'm going with paranormal. Dolls creep me out, but the tone seems lighter than horror.

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  12. Paranormal fantasy, if that's a category. Paranormal first.

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  13. Horror

    Mostly because of the doll, and the theme park seems like it would be a good horror setting.

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  14. Fantasy

    Paranormal or Urban Fantasy. The giggling doll gave it away, because I was going to go with Contemporary until then.

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  15. CONTEMPORARY FANTASY

    I was going to say contemporary until you got to inanimate objects giggling on shelves. That seems pretty clearly fantasy.

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  16. Fantasy, because of the talking doll. I was confused about what was talking since there was the reference to something talking beside her shoes. Whose shoes and who's talking? Good luck, Sarah

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  17. Can't Tell

    The TV and the homework sound like Contemporary. The doll didn't do anything sinister enough to suggest Horror. Paranormal maybe? I wasn't clear on the plastic shoes.

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  18. Fantasy

    The giggling doll at the dilapidated old lady house gives it a fairy-tale vibe.

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  19. Paranormal, because of the creepy doll, and abandoned amusement parks always have something supernatural going on, right?

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  20. PARANORMAL

    The giggling doll did it, but because there was no immediate explanation of Simon's reaction, it had me wondering if the "doll" was just some leftover bit of the theme park that he freaked out about.

    Then again, even if it was, I'd expect it to be foreshadowing for other strange things.

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  21. Adventure w/paranormal elements

    The doll of course, but I don't feel this is going totally paranormal or fantasy, feels more contemporary with a little fun!

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  22. Horror.

    Abandoned theme park, creepy doll laughing on its own, a vine-chocked sign... seems like it's trying to set a scary mood.

    Location sort of jumps around, though, so I'm not sure where everything is taking place.

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  23. Contemp or Speculative.

    Everything here screams contemporary fiction (mention of TV and other modern words, no mention of magic or technologies from the future). But the setup feels like Something Is Going To Happen in the theme park, and I could see it being a slip-into-an-alternate-world kind of adventure (a la The Phantom Tollbooth).

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  24. Horror

    The giggling doll made me think fantasy, but abandoned amusement parks are classic horror locations. And he just ran scared from the doll. He didn't go back to check it out or talk to it or see what it was. So I'm thinking of something along the lines of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes.'

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  25. contemporary adventure

    I agree that dolls are creepy so part of me wanted to guess horror, but the modern feel and theme park destination, I'll go with adventure.

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  26. Urban Fantasy.

    Television points to modern urban life. Creepy giggling dolls foreshadow magical elements at the already atmospheric abandoned amusement park.

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  27. The genre is Fantasy!

    Congratulations to everyone who got it correct!

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