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In the Style of...
Taking a work that's a member of a certain genre, and doing it just the same, except as a different genre. For example, taking a rap song and getting a barbershop quartet to sing it; or showing a comedy-adventure from the Sympathetic P.O.V.
of the villain, making it a tragic drama; or just taking a page from a famous novel and adding in the stylistic quirks of a completely different writer.
Can be applied to any form of art that can be categorized.
Recycled IN SPACE! can
be this, but usually isn't. Generally changes the meaning
. For music, contrast with Suspiciously Similar Song
, where the intention is to resemble the original as closely as possible while still avoiding copyright-breaking. This is one form of X Meets Y
. Don't confuse it with Pastiche
, which is when a genre is imitated as closely as possible by a new work.
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Anime & Manga
- Pluto is Astro Boy in the style of Monster. Yes, really. And, if that weren't enough, it's actually really good.
- An omake chapter of the Keroro Gunso manga shows the series as a chapter of Monster. The Keronians are somehow even sillier-looking when drawn in the style of Naoki Urasawa.
- The Hungarian-American composer/paedogogue Denes Agay did a series of variations on "Happy Bithday" in the style of various composers. He wasn't the only one to do so, but he deliberately wrote it at the upper beginner/ early intermediate level so ids taking piano lessons can learn it for a parent's/grandparent's/friend's birthday.
- The style of the character designs and angsty, surreal nature of the plot of Shamanic Princess encourages comparisons to CLAMP. In fact, the Central Park Media release of the series actively invoked such comparisons, even though CLAMP had nothing to do with Shamanic Princess. However, the character designer had previously worked on Magic Knight Rayearth.
- R. Sikoryak's Masterpiece Comics is a collection of famous works of literature in the style of classic newspaper comics, including Kafa's Metamorphosis in the style of Peanuts, Wuthering Heights in the style of Tales from the Crypt, an abridged version of Waiting For Godot staring Beavis And Butthead, and other weirdness.
- The Great Comic Strip Switcheroo of April 1, 1997 was this. Forty-six nationally syndicated comic strip artists traded strips for a day, so that you had, for example, Bill Keane doing Dilbert in his own style and Scott Adams doing the same for Family Circus.
- Ponies The Anthology has two clips (the end credits of the first video and the end of the sequel's opening piece) which use 8-Bit versions of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic songs "Winter Wrap-Up" and "Smile, Smile, Smile" respectively, both composed by RainbowCrash. The ending credits of II uses an orchestrated version of "Smile, Smile, Smile".
- Blueblood, HERO OF EQUESTRIA!!! is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fiction done in the style of Ciaphas Cain.
- Aeon Entelechy Evangelion has a chapter in the style of H.P. Lovecraft.
- In A Green Sun Illuminates The Void, the chapter where Queen Merela takes over is in the style of an Old English epic, to reflect how ancient she is.
- The Strange Circumstances of one Mahiro Yasaka, as written by H.P. Lovecr/a/ft is a rewrite of Haiyore! Nyarko-san in the style of H.P. Lovecraft.
- The Legend of Total Drama Island is a Total Drama Island reimagining told in the style of The Book of the Thousand and One Nights, specifically the Mardrus & Mathers translation.
- If one is very charitable, the Hans Von Hozel story Glitch City is Pokémon in the style of Metal Gear Solid 2.
- Fan Vid "trailers" for movies that make them out to be an entirely different genre have become popular lately. Such works have a home on the Web at The Trailer Mash.
- A hybrid film-music example appears in one scene of Amadeus, in which Mozart, as a party entertainment, plays "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in the styles of various composers suggested by onlookers, with a humiliating Take That at Salieri.
- Victor Borge must have seen that play.
- Mozart did, in fact, write a series of piano variations on the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," though the words we know hadn't been written yet. Don't remember if they're meant to be imitating specific composers, or just different musical styles.
- Just a standard set of Mozart variations on a theme. "Standard" for Mozart being "Masterwork" for anyone else, but there you have it.
- It did have lyrics, but different ones. It's a Christmas song in German.
- At the end of The Hangover, a soft rock band at a wedding does a cover of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop."
- The surrealist Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There uses five actors (and one actress) to portray different characters inspired by Dylan's ever-changing persona, each of whom is in a separate storyline shot in a different, sometimes self-consciously imitative style:
- Does anyone notice that the second opening song that accompanies "Bella Notte" in the intro to Lady and the Tramp ("Peace on Earth") sounds like a harmony for "Silent Night" by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber?
- The Simpsons movie has Green Day perform the theme music... um... a capella? Or would that be considered in the style of Beavis And Butthead?
- In the background of a bar scene in Blood Simple, the Coen Brothers' debut film, you can hear a country version of the theme music from Chariots of Fire.
- The telethon at the end of The Muppets includes a barbershop quartet (comprising Sam, Rowlf, Link Hogthrob and Beaker) performing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
- The Book Of Life features Mexican guitar versions of Mumford And Sons' "I Will Wait", Radiohead's "I'm a Creep" and Elvis Presley's "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You".
- G. K. Chesterton wrote a set of three variations on Old King Cole, in the styles of Tennyson, W. B. Yeats, and Whitman.
- Rudyard Kipling produced an entire book of
poetry verse, The Muse Among the Motorcars in which various classical poets wrote about their experiences with automobiles, in their characteristic styles. For instance, "Horace" wrote an ode entitled Carmen Circulare and "Chaucer" came up with The Engineer's Tale in rhyming couplets in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe; and of course there is a scene from "Shakespeare" complete with footnotes from all of his commenters.
- William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return- yes, those are real books - retell the movie trilogy as if they were plays written by the Bard (in Elizabethan English and iambic pentameter).
Live Action TV
- Kamen Rider Den-O's "Double-Action" has seven different versions, each in a different musical style; Eurobeat, ska, enka, hip-hop, pop music, death rock, piano instrumental, Arabian-sounding and a remix for the Reunion Show. One can only wonder what "Double-Action Plat Form" might have been like...
- Not to mention the remixes of the show's opening "Climax Jump" centered around each of the Imagin — Momotaros gets rock, Urataros gets ska, Kintaros gets enka, and Ryutaros gets hip-hop, the last of which is actually used in show when Ryuta is busting moves.
- A regular feature of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, in which the genres would be suggested by the audience, immediately before (or during) the skit.
- A regular feature of Shooting Stars, in which Vic Reeves would sing a song in the "Club Style", to be guessed by the panellists. The resulting lyrics would be unintelligible, and only slightly less so when sung in the "correct" manner.
- Not exactly this, but Jeopardy occasionally has a category of song lyrics, which are read in regular speaking fashion by Alex Trebek or Johnny Gilbert. It's harder than you'd think.
- Bill Bailey delivered a (since removed from youtube) classic pub gag in the style of Geoffrey Chaucer.
- In early seasons of Saturday Night Live (not to be confused with Howard Cosell's failed show of the same name), Bill Murray would play "Nick Silver", a lounge singer who would 'loungify' anything - even the theme to Star Wars, making up lyrics if there were none.
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon features several genre-shifted covers done by Fallon himself:
- Glee occasionally does this with some of their covers.
- Britney Spears gets a few of these, most notably "U Drive Me Crazy" as a heartfelt love ballad (mashed together with "Crazy"), "3" as an acoustic sultry love song, and "Toxic" as a Bob Fosse-like routine.
- "The Rain in Spain" in the style of punk rock.
- "No Scrubs" in the style of a boy band.
- Not to mention the many a cappella covers done by the Warblers.
- When the Doctor and Clara arrive on the Orient Express IN SPACE! in "Mummy on the Orient Express", the dining car is an almost exact replica of The Thirties, including a singer performing "Don't Stop Me Now" as swing.
- Amiga Power had frequent sections called 'In The Style Of', normally depicting Amiga games in the style of other Amiga games.
- New York magazine used to have competitions for the readers which often featured this trope. One famous example asked the readers to retell a joke (about a kangaroo in a bar) in the style of a famous writer. Contributions included Poe's "The Raven" ("At these prices? Nevermore.") and Ingmar Bergman ("The action is set in a bar or any spiritual wasteland. The bartender is underlining in a copy of Hegel when a kangaroo enters ...") And then there was the Henny Youngman version, which simply retold the original joke provided by the competition editor, word-for-word.
- In Mad magazine #289 (September 1989), an article wondered how the "waiter, there's a fly in my soup" joke would sound as told by different stand-ups popular at the time. The writer nailed the styles of David Letterman, Sam Kinison, George Carlin, Robin Williams, and others. A similar article appeared twenty years later (#489, May 2008).
- Im Sorry I Havent A Clue, as well as having its One Song to the Tune of Another round, has also taken various topics and performed them in the style of various types of music (e.g. blues, calypso, even madrigals). They've also taken songs and performed them as a duet, with one team member singing normally and the other playing a role and commenting on the action. For example:
Barry (as Lee Marvin): #I was born under a wand'ring star#
Graeme (as his hairdresser): No! I was born under a wand'ring star!
Barry: #Wheels are made for rolling#
Graeme: Mules are made to pack, always pop a pair in me suitcase...
- There's also a rarer round in which they sing a singer's song in the style of "his distant relative", with the same surname. For example, Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World in the style of Neil Armstrong:
Barry: I see trees of green (mike scratch) red roses too (beep) I see them bloom (mike scratch) loving you (beep) and I think to myself, what a wonderful moon...
- There's also the round Stars In Their Ears, where one panellist sings a song in the style of a celebrity. Willie Rushton once sang a song in the style of Eartha Kitt, mixing in snatches of "Santa Baby" and an impression of Orson Welles.
- Radio station jingles are often designed to resemble the music played on the stations they're designed for. While sometimes the similarities are more vague, there are other times when a specific jingle is obviously inspired by a particular song or artist. For example, in 1964, PAMS Productions produced a series of jingles for New York's WABC based on Beatles songs, and JAM Creative Productions would later produce some of Beatlesque cuts as part of their 1987 "Rockin' For America" series for WLS in Chicago (which also features a cut with that lyric based on James Brown's "Living In America").
- The Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama Live 34 is Doctor Who in the style of a 24-hour news channel.
- There exists a one-act play entitled De-LEAR-ium which replays the opening scene of Shakespeare's King Lear multiple times — the first time as written, and each subsequent time in the style of an entirely different work or genre, including Star Wars (featuring the evil Kingth Learder) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with Lear as Frank N. Furter, and Gloucester and Cordelia as Brad and Janet).
- The play American Ma(u)l (sic). The show opens on Thomas Jefferson's plantation, with all of his slaves at work in the fields, singing a mournful-sounding work song... and after a moment, it becomes apparent that what they're singing is actually a re-do of Nelly's "Hot In Here".
- The Musical of Musicals takes a classic theatre plot (a woman can't pay her rent) and presents it in the styles of Rogers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander & Ebb.
- Two Gentlemen Of Lebowski can be briefly summarised as The Big Lebowski in the style of William Shakespeare.
- Bigfoot from MapleStory sounds quite a bit like Kevin Schilder's work from the Heretic and Hexen games. This would count as a Jimmy Hart Version except that while it fits the style of Schilder's music, it does not seem to sound like any specific song.
- Pursuit of Truth from Halo 2 is more or less Leela from Marathon (Bungie's previous FPS) rearranged in the style of Kraftwerk's The Robots.
- At the very end of the credits for Syndicate (2012), you hear an all-too-short jazz take on the theme.
- The Super Mario Bros. series has had tunes from past games remade in various styles over the years, both within and outside of the games. The well-known overworld theme from the original NES Super Mario Bros. has gotten the most attention, including an "a capella" version made with synthesized "voices" for Super Mario Sunshine (which would subsequently be covered by actual a capella singing groups).
- A side effect of the "tears" in space-time in Bioshock Infinite is Columbians picking up on songs from the future and writing their own versions. This leads to stuff like a ragtime version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears and a barbershop quartet singing an a capella rendition of "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys.
- The famous, retro, cartoony art style of Team Fortress 2 is based mainly on the art of JC Leyendecker, but elements from Norman Rockwell and Dean Cornwell influenced the game as well.
- A minor fad in the Touhou fandom is to take music, make it sound distinctly Touhou-y, and title it "If X was composed by ZUN". This usually involves trumpets. For example, this supermarket jingle.
- At a concert commemorating the anniversary of the Great Fire of Meireki which devastated the city of Tokyo in 1657, a Japanese orchestra performed Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" in Japanese, using traditional instruments.
- A number of articles on the Transformers Wiki are written specifically with their characters in mind: The Wheelie article is entirely in rhyme, much like his speaking pattern, while the articles of the various Starscream clones in Transformers Animated are written to reflect the character, so the Liar's page is made to be entirely contradictory, the sycophant sucks up to everybody, etc...
- Special note must go to the page for the Angry Archer, which is entirely in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe, including (hilariously) the episode titles of the story references.
- Uncyclopedia does the same, including categories such as "Articles that look like the thing they're about" and "Articles about a person written in the style of that person".
- Since The Straight Dope Message Board often provides links to us in its Cafe Society section, it's only fair to reference an awesome thread over there. What if The Lord of the Rings was written in the style of different authors?
- Super Mario / Harry Potter / Star Wars in the style of 30's ragtime piano medleys
- Las Ketchup's Asereje in the style of chiptunes
- Abbott and Costello's Who's On First in Shakespearean English
- Doug Walker reviewed We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story as a Hunter S. Thompson pastiche, "Raoul Puke, creator of Fozzie journalism".
- Twila The Girl Who Waz In Luv With A Vampyre (sic) is Twilight in the style of Tara Gilesbie.
- TV Tropes itself has written the summary of A Case of Spring Fever in the style of a horror story.
- There is a popular trend on YouTube to edit title sequences of TV shows in the style of Friends.'
- Tattúínadola saga is Star Wars as an Icelandic family saga.
- ScottBradleeLovesYa is a channel that specializes in anachronistic of modern pop songs, such as a 1950's doo-wop cover of Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop."
- Invoked in Dirty Laundry: An Alternate 1980s with the genre of "lounge metal", including Twisted Sister and John Denver with "Thank God I'm a Metal Boy".