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8th Sep '17 11:49:55 AM Malady
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* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) leaves out the letter E, and also has well recieved translations in most other European languages.

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* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) leaves out the letter E, and also has well recieved received translations in most other European languages.



* Mike Keith has rewritten Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Raven'' with the limitation that [[spoiler: words must have the same number of letters as the corresponding digit of pi]]. Read it full here: http://www.cadaeic.net/naraven.htm

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* Mike Keith has rewritten Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Raven'' with the limitation that [[spoiler: words [[spoiler:words must have the same number of letters as the corresponding digit of pi]]. Read it full here: http://www.cadaeic.net/naraven.htm



* In her first ''Literature/{{Lythande}}'' short story, "The Secret of the Blue Star", written for ''Literature/ThievesWorld'', Creator/MarionZimmerBradley carefully tried to [[spoiler: avoid referring to the gender of the magician Lythande to conceal the TwistEnding that [[SamusIsAGirl Lythande is a woman]].]] She did slip up at one point, however:
-->Lythande drew from the folds of his robe a small pouch containing a quantity of sweet-smelling herbs, rolled them into a blue-grey leaf, and touched his ring to spark the roll alight. He drew on the smoke, which drifted up sweet and greyish.

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* In her first ''Literature/{{Lythande}}'' short story, "The Secret of the Blue Star", written for ''Literature/ThievesWorld'', Creator/MarionZimmerBradley carefully tried to [[spoiler: avoid [[spoiler:avoid referring to the gender of the magician Lythande to conceal the TwistEnding that [[SamusIsAGirl Lythande is a woman]].]] She did slip up at one point, however:
-->Lythande --> Lythande drew from the folds of his robe a small pouch containing a quantity of sweet-smelling herbs, rolled them into a blue-grey leaf, and touched his ring to spark the roll alight. He drew on the smoke, which drifted up sweet and greyish.



* JimButcher wrote ''Literature/CodexAlera'' on a bet that he could write a story using what he thought were two terrible ideas: The LostRomanLegion and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
27th Jun '17 5:12:05 PM nombretomado
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The alternative name "{{Oulipo}}" is from a group of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oulipo French writers]] who were dedicated to this style of writing. TheOtherWiki also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constrained_writing has an article on the concept]].

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The alternative name "{{Oulipo}}" is from a group of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oulipo French writers]] who were dedicated to this style of writing. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constrained_writing has an article on the concept]].
1st May '17 7:43:30 AM IceBearBelievesInYou
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** And its sequel [[https://youtu.be/82AgRVlPcSk One Vowel Rap]]
27th Apr '17 9:32:17 PM Carnildo
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has [[http://xkcd.com/1045/ a comic]] about this.

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''
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[[http://xkcd.com/1045/ a comic]] about this.Comic 1045]] discusss this.
** ''[[https://xkcd.com/1133/ Up Goer Five]]'' uses only the ten hundred words used most often.
18th Mar '17 6:34:16 PM Bisected8
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* The novel ''Literature/EllaMinnowPea'' is about a fictional nation where the founder's statue has the phrase "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog". As a storm keeps damaging the letters, it's taken as a sign that they should be forbidden, and the text accordingly stops using each letter as it's banned.
20th Sep '16 4:07:47 PM Bisected8
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This is when an author writes in an atypical pattern. The reasons for this can vary, from LeaningOnTheFourthWall (if it's related to the story in some way), to keeping certain plot points and twists hidden to the very end (e.g. avoiding gender pronouns for a SamusIsAGirl twist; see TheAllConcealingI) to simply being a stylistic choice. Some types of self-imposed challenges include writing in a particular metre, or making each line a letter longer than the one that preceded it; writing in code (e.g. replacing words with ones that appear a few places afterwards in the dictionary); avoiding certain common letters (the correct term for this is a lipogram, by the way); using words that display some sort of complex pattern (e.g. making large chunks of the story alliterative or in [[FunWithPalindromes palindromes]]); drabbles (stories of precisely 100 words) and many more.

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This is when an author writes in an atypical pattern. The reasons for this can vary, from LeaningOnTheFourthWall (if it's related to the story in some way), to keeping certain plot points and twists hidden to the very end (e.g. avoiding gender pronouns for a SamusIsAGirl twist; see TheAllConcealingI) to simply being a stylistic choice. Some types of self-imposed challenges include writing in a particular metre, or making each line a letter longer than the one that preceded it; writing in code (e.g. replacing words with ones that appear a few places afterwards in the dictionary); avoiding certain common letters (the correct term for this is a lipogram, by the way); way; E is the most commonly used because it's the most commonly used vowel in several languages); using words that display some sort of complex pattern (e.g. making large chunks of the story alliterative or in [[FunWithPalindromes palindromes]]); drabbles (stories of precisely 100 words) and many more.



* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) shows a lack of fifth glyphs. (You can also buy a Kraut translation which is brilliant)

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* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) shows a lack of fifth glyphs. (You can leaves out the letter E, and also buy a Kraut translation which is brilliant)has well recieved translations in most other European languages.
19th Sep '16 11:04:01 AM shokoshu
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* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) shows a lack of fifth glyphs.

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* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) shows a lack of fifth glyphs. (You can also buy a Kraut translation which is brilliant)
3rd Jun '16 12:05:58 AM PaulA
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* As explained in an afterword, ''Literature/TheSquaresOfTheCity'' by Creator/JohnBrunner is based on a chess game (specifically the 1892 world championship game between Wilhelm Steinitz and Mikhail Chigorin), with key characters representing various pieces and their interactions representing their positions; when a piece has the potential to take another piece, this is echoed in the story with one character being under threat from another, and when a piece is taken, the corresponding character is "taken out of the game" by death or imprisonment.
29th Feb '16 3:14:07 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Wonderful Town'', Ruth says that the letter "W" fell off her typewriter after she wrote her thesis on Creator/WaltWhitman, making herself "the only author who never uses a 'w.'"

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* In ''Wonderful Town'', ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Ruth says that the letter "W" fell off her typewriter after she wrote her thesis on Creator/WaltWhitman, making herself "the only author who never uses a 'w.'"
4th Dec '15 11:19:28 PM MikeRosoft
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* The Czech author Jan Werich wrote "a constrained tale using monosyllabic words, or a praise of the Czech language".
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