Tonight on Twitter, I saw a #HorribleWriteTip from author Nat Russo. (Some of these are really funny, by the way, but if you think they’re meant to be taken literally, you may find yourself gently mocked on his blog for exhibiting #HashtagBlindness…) Anyway, this particular “tip” said if you string all the first words from each chapter of a novel together, you’ll discover the novel’s subtext.
What the hell, I thought. I have a few paperbacks here on my shelf…
Yep. I went through all of these books and typed the first word from each chapter. You have no idea how difficult that was to do. I kept wanting to stop and read them again!
Well, without further ado, I present to you the “secret subtext” for six sci-fi or fantasy novels. Enjoy the nonsense.
The Remnant, by Paul B. Spence
Sergeant Lieutenant Tebrey dawn Tebrey captain the after Doctor Douglas we Tebrey’s Tebrey Doctor Tebrey Commodore it sir Lieutenant Doctor it looks Captain sir you Tebrey the the Doctor I’m Denton they this Jeroen despite the Rutgers Bauval when the Tebrey the hello Ana Tebrey Tebrey Hunter Sergeant it with here once Tebrey so what Jeroen Tebrey the Doctor rumors the there in Seshadri the the we James not Anderson Tebrey Ana it
The Lieutenant come howling in Fleet Nathan I Admiral Lieutenant the Bruce Mason Ambassador we’ll Ana two Captain as Captain Jennifer Admiral Captain against come we the Ambassador the Tonya the Ana who Tonya Tonya war Ana the Lieutenant sir Captain the Commander the Hiram Ana the Ana Hunter Ana mushroom I’d what Hrothgar Tebrey hmm for the Captain a Daeren Sergeant that captain Lieutenant we’ve Tebrey Lyra two son Commodore damn the Steinway Tebrey the what’s Mandor I’m Tebrey
The Madness Engine
Commander Geoffrey Tebrey the Tebrey the the the Drake the we Nancy do Rachael if when Drake Drake master Deegan Drake Ana the Rachael Commander Tonya the Drake the the Geoffrey Ana Drake Geoffrey Drake the Geoffrey Drake they Geoffrey the Drake I’m Tonya Tilda the the Admiral Ana Tebrey Commander alarms Drake Tonya Tebrey Tebrey
In Siege of Daylight, by Gregory S. Close
The grey Osrith in castle Dieavaul Two-Moons Calvraign Osrith Bloodhawk Calvraign Osrith the Aeolil for Bloodhawk Osrith only Calvraign Calvraign Aeolil the sir Dieavaul Aeolil Osrith Two-Moons Pakh Aeolil the Saint Osrith Aeolil you the Captain Seth Calvraign Brohan Seth the Aeolil Osrith Brohan Seth the Aeolil Osrith Brohan Calvraign Bloodhawk Calvraign Callagh Aeolil panic Vaujn Artygalle the darkness Calvraign Aeolil Callagh Artygalle Jylkir Guillaume turn the Callagh
The Sanctum of the Sphere, by Luther M. Siler
He the the if Namey they somewhat that a then the Namey Sirrys Grond the Kri I then Rhundi Rhundi I’d watching Sirrys they Sirrys not ow Remember ow then this did I’m what Haakoro Grond then it the so Grond Haakoro deep
Flashbulb someone Ezekiel there yeah Kathryn as it I right no by help plant no I need the who’s for it
Please note that these are only the first words from each chapter, and all of these novels have chapters that are further divided into scenes. Had I written down the first word for each scene, perhaps the results would be quite different. 🙂