History FanFic / WithStringsAttached

6th Apr '15 2:26:26 PM MarkLungo
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Strings is a serious (if frequently hilarious) epic fantasy--no {{Slash}}, no TimeTravel, no romance, no AlternateHistory, and no MarySue. It's spring 1980, and the four ex-Beatles awaken on the strange planet C'hou, terrified out of their minds, sixteen years younger, and utterly clueless as to why they're there. As they struggle to make sense of their predicament, they must survive the dangers of two very different countries: Ketafa, a quasi-Victorian theocracy based on a fake religion, and Baravada, a dying magical anarchy whose inhabitants' fondest wish is to find monsters to kill. Observing all this are some quite fannish aliens, whose dialogue punctuates and clarifies much of what's going on, and who have their own little dramas taking place as events spin rapidly out of their control.

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Strings ''Strings'' is a serious (if frequently hilarious) epic fantasy--no {{Slash}}, no TimeTravel, no romance, no AlternateHistory, and no MarySue. It's spring 1980, and the four ex-Beatles [[Music/JohnLennon the]] [[Music/PaulMcCartney four]] [[Music/GeorgeHarrison ex-]][[Music/RingoStarr Beatles]] awaken on the strange planet C'hou, terrified out of their minds, sixteen years younger, and utterly clueless as to why they're there. As they struggle to make sense of their predicament, they must survive the dangers of two very different countries: Ketafa, a quasi-Victorian theocracy based on a fake religion, and Baravada, a dying magical anarchy whose inhabitants' fondest wish is to find monsters to kill. Observing all this are some quite fannish aliens, whose dialogue punctuates and clarifies much of what's going on, and who have their own little dramas taking place as events spin rapidly out of their control.
21st Mar '15 11:21:57 AM MarkLungo
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-->Paul: Is this one of those alien abductions where you're gonna probe me, then?
-->Varx (snorting): Gods, you Eartians are masochists. Believe me, if we really wanted that info, which we don't, we could do a deep scan right from our own universe and you'd never know it happened.

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-->Paul: -->'''Paul:''' Is this one of those alien abductions where you're gonna probe me, then?
-->Varx -->'''Varx''' (snorting): Gods, you Eartians are masochists. Believe me, if we really wanted that info, which we don't, we could do a deep scan right from our own universe and you'd never know it happened.
2nd Mar '15 5:36:48 AM SeptimusHeap
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* DungeonsAndDragons: The story had its genesis in a melding of Beatlemania and D&D.
15th May '14 8:01:25 AM WilliamSyler
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* WalkOnWater: John. ("Look at me! Look at me! I'm Jesus!")

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* WalkOnWater: John.John, as part of his MakingASplash and AnIcePerson skills. ("Look at me! Look at me! I'm Jesus!")
22nd Nov '13 9:28:57 PM EditingN00b
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* LightningBruiser: Paul



* MightyGlacier: Paul.
20th Aug '13 3:22:12 PM MarkLungo
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* {{The Multiverse}}: The story takes place in or mentions at least six different universes, and Jeft refers to existence as the Infiniverse.

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* {{The Multiverse}}: TheMultiverse: The story takes place in or mentions at least six different universes, and Jeft refers to existence as the Infiniverse.


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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: We repeat--the premise of this story is the Beatles on another planet with super powers.
16th Aug '13 1:37:18 PM MarkLungo
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Ultimately, the four are spectacularly equipped to embark upon a quest that, if successful, will remove a curse that prevents the real gods from seeing Ketafa. Careering through three crazy universes (including a CrowningMomentOfFunny day on an alternate Earth that combines Beatlemania, NewYorkCity, Literature/{{Xanth}}, and ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}''), they collect the three scattered pieces of the Vasyn, a statue that is the (sub)titular Big Pink Job. But restoring the Vasyn to Ketafa will be the most dangerous task facing them....

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Ultimately, the four are spectacularly equipped to embark upon a quest that, if successful, will remove a curse that prevents the real gods from seeing Ketafa. Careering through three crazy universes (including a CrowningMomentOfFunny day on an alternate Earth that combines Beatlemania, NewYorkCity, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, Literature/{{Xanth}}, and ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}''), they collect the three scattered pieces of the Vasyn, a statue that is the (sub)titular Big Pink Job. But restoring the Vasyn to Ketafa will be the most dangerous task facing them....
16th Aug '13 1:31:11 PM MarkLungo
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7th Nov '12 2:28:59 PM nombretomado
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''With Strings Attached, or The Big Pink Job'' is possibly the most famous single {{Beatles}} RealPersonFic out there, and certainly one of the oldest known. Aviva Rothschild, who wrote the first-ever bibliography of graphic novels, started writing ''Strings'' in 1980 at the age of 15 and just completed it in early 2009. It has been online since 1997 and is so well established that if you google the common phrase that is the main title, it comes up ''first''. Half the story is available on [[http://www.rationalmagic.com Rational Magic]], the author's website, and the entire work can be purchased as a downloadable PDF or a thick paperback book.

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''With Strings Attached, or The Big Pink Job'' is possibly the most famous single {{Beatles}} [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] RealPersonFic out there, and certainly one of the oldest known. Aviva Rothschild, who wrote the first-ever bibliography of graphic novels, started writing ''Strings'' in 1980 at the age of 15 and just completed it in early 2009. It has been online since 1997 and is so well established that if you google the common phrase that is the main title, it comes up ''first''. Half the story is available on [[http://www.rationalmagic.com Rational Magic]], the author's website, and the entire work can be purchased as a downloadable PDF or a thick paperback book.



* NotUsingTheZWord: The word "{{Beatles}}" rarely appears in the narrative; the author refers to them as "the four". Almost the only time the name appears is when one of the four makes a sardonic or angry reference to it, or when one of the Fans mentions it.

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* NotUsingTheZWord: The word "{{Beatles}}" "[[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]]" rarely appears in the narrative; the author refers to them as "the four". Almost the only time the name appears is when one of the four makes a sardonic or angry reference to it, or when one of the Fans mentions it.



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31st Jul '12 12:59:46 PM MarkLungo
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Rothschild recently began a sequel, ''The Keys Stand Alone''; its [[http://rationalmagic.com/Strings/Keys1.html first chapter]] is available on her website.
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