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Date: 09-29-2021
Word Limit: 1996
Words Written: 15,767

Judges (crits):
Chernobyl Princess

Audio Recap: Live judging
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Hello Thunderdome, this week I want you to write stories inspired by the aesthetic of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Way back in 1996 this movie absolutely blew 14-year-old me's mind, and the soundtrack remains one of my favourite things that I ever owned on CD.

This movie is lush. It looks gorgeous, everything is over the top, the colour palette is neon, and the emotional dials are all set to maximum. That's the vibe I want you to shoot for. I don't care what your characters are doing, but whatever it is, they will be extremely passionate about it. They are going to feel the hell out of their feelings.

If you want a flashrule I'll give you an action your characters are doing to help get you started. If you want a hellrule god help you.


Q: But what if I've never seen Romeo + Juliet?
A: It doesn't matter, just try and write a good story.

Q: But what if I HAVE seen Romeo + Juliet and I hated it?
A: I don't care, just try and write a good story.

Q: Do I have to write a tragedy?
A: No, and if you do want to try and make me cry you'd better make it really good.

Q: Can I write in Shakespearean English?
A: I don't know, can you?

Q: I don't understand this prompt, what do you actually want me to write?
A: You are overthinking this, just try and write a good story.

Q: But...
A: Stop it.

13 Total Submissions, 3 Total Failures:

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