Dec 10 2010

Plot synopsis haikus

Published by at 6:30 pm under Writing Exercises

Here’s a wacky writing challenge inspired by Sporcle.  Write a plot synopsis as a haiku.  Here’s my favorite, one for Don Quixote:

Delusional man

Partner rides on a donkey

Terrorist windmills

Post yours below!

24 responses so far

24 Responses to “Plot synopsis haikus”

  1. B. Macon 10 Dec 2010 at 6:45 pm

    A giant reptile’s
    mutated by radiation:
    There goes Tokyo.

    Fun-loving gators
    and supervillains agree:
    The Taxman Must Die.

    Egypt nukes NATO,
    Much hand-wringing by Aussies:
    Everybody dies

  2. B. Macon 10 Dec 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Sociopath cops
    Save the day with machine guns,
    Sometimes on purpose

    Enslaved pets battle
    for amusement of owners:
    “Screw you, Pikachu!”

    Wanna be the Guy?
    Unless you’re a godly gamer,
    Don’t quit your day job.

    Gamestop hates rad toads,
    As do their game designers:
    Turbo Tunnel kills

  3. B. Macon 10 Dec 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Most important lesson
    of The Shining’s brutal deaths?
    “Don’t be a writer.”

    Shooting bad guys proves
    Freedom is the only way;
    Crazy Yanks: f*** yeah!

    CEO wastes foes
    by making badass weapons
    With a box of scraps

  4. Contra Gloveon 11 Dec 2010 at 4:51 am

    Blonde-haired ninja boy
    Wants to become the leader
    And become a man

    A man-shaped robot
    That makes no physical sense
    Fights the space fascists

  5. Contra Gloveon 11 Dec 2010 at 11:25 am

    Sorry for the repeat — the previous one got trapped in moderation.

    If possible, B. Mac, please delete the post that comes directly after my first one.

  6. B. Macon 11 Dec 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Ah, yeah. Comments automatically get trapped in moderation if they have more than two links. It usually takes me a few hours to realize they’re there and free them.

    PS: I liked the Gundam haiku a lot. 🙂

  7. Contra Gloveon 11 Dec 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks, B. Mac! Here’s another:

    Digital monsters
    Spill over into our world
    Damn you Microsoft

    Okay, this one isn’t as good, but it’s the best I could come up with on such short notice.

  8. B. Macon 12 Dec 2010 at 1:44 am

    Whatever it takes,
    Exterminate all the brutes:
    “Mistah Kurtz, he dead.”

    Jane’s wedding ruined by
    Ed’s first wife in the attic:
    WTF?

    When vampires get hawt,
    Not a tradition is safe:
    Not even baseball.

    Britishenanigans
    lead to a shocking reveal:
    “Yawrawizard, ‘arry!”

    Chicago wizard
    neckdeep in crime and scandal:
    Harry’s not Potter.

  9. B. Macon 12 Dec 2010 at 4:10 am

    This one is dedicated to one of my fantasy football foes.

    Fantasy draft day
    You picked many veterans:
    Brett Favre, kiss of death.

  10. Loysquaredon 13 Dec 2010 at 3:30 pm

    With magenta robes,
    fights in the Meiji era
    as a wanderer.

    Lion is missing,
    four kids inside a wardrobe
    must restore world peace.

    Man follows “rabbit”
    down the cibernetic hole:
    “What is the Matrix?”.

    Demon-fox within,
    ostrasized by his village,
    seeks recognition.

    Don’t know if they are any good, but I tried my best though 😛
    They are quite easy (I think), hope you get’ em all 🙂

  11. B. Macon 19 Mar 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Sigourney Weaver
    must kill E.T. after he
    moons America

  12. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 19 Mar 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I won’t link to anything, because it’ll be put up for moderation, but I’ll give the title before each one.

    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    The last Airbender
    Must learn all four bending arts
    Can he save the world?

    Kingdom Hearts

    Shadow creatures kill
    Stealing the hearts of humans
    Can Sora stop them?

    Death Note

    The deadly notebook
    Write the name and see them die
    God of the new world

    Lovely Complex

    Tall girl and short boy
    Best friends, rivals, and LOVERS?
    Will their love survive?

    Doctor Who

    He can change his face
    And he’ll save the universe
    With a nice blue box

    Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

    Kangaroo makes friends
    He has done heroic deeds
    And he likes to jump

  13. Danion 19 Mar 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Kissed his twin sister
    Did not know it at the time
    What a memory
    (Star Wars)

    He lives in a box
    And can travel through outer space
    Oh and goes through time
    (Doctor Who)

    This movie took so long
    And you can sum it up quick
    Go live in Africa
    (2012)

  14. HarleyQon 20 Mar 2011 at 1:02 am

    Tortured mentally
    He dresses as a bat now,
    To save the city

    (Batman, durr. X3)

    Random Fan Haiku

    “Mistah J, what’s wrong?”
    She knows he won’t answer her,
    But she has to try.

  15. B. Macon 20 Mar 2011 at 2:48 am

    “Mistah J, what’s wrong?”
    She knows he won’t answer her,
    But she has to try.”

    Wow, I loved that. 🙂 Also, Dani’s 2012 haiku was significantly better than the movie itself. (Admittedly, a low bar).

  16. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 20 Mar 2011 at 5:37 am

    “Also, Dani’s 2012 haiku was significantly better than the movie itself. (Admittedly, a low bar).”

    I’ll admit 2012 is utterly ridiculous, but I actually really liked it for two main reasons: I could sit under a tree at year 12 Catholic retreat with Sam, and we picked it to pieces and made fun of it.

    “Oh, and they say a similar thing happened before, right? Where’s the geological evidence? If there were some, they’d have noticed, right?”

    “Yeah! And did you notice all those clichés? They die when they think they’re safe, things stop moments before impact and suffer only minor damage, every other car in the city is destroyed but theirs!”

    I also liked it for the explosions. If a movie has enough things blowing up, or a big enough disaster where either millions die, or a big portion of the cast, I’m almost guaranteed to like it.

    Many of my top favourite movies are disaster films, even the ones most people hate. The Core, 2012, Cloverfield, Titanic, The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon, etc. I’m also drawn to documentaries about morbid stuff: Bowling for Columbine, Pompeii: The Last Day, etc. On top of that, I like zombie movies like I Am Legend, Zombieland, etc. (I love Zombieland. <3 )

    I like to think this would make me very easy to date. I can sit through pretty much anything and enjoy unless it's a horror movie or has no redeeming qualities in my eyes. XD

  17. B. Macon 20 Mar 2011 at 11:03 am

    The only reason a guy would go to see Titanic is if he loves his girlfriend more than his dignity. That’s why ladies make their boyfriends watch Titanic–to test their commitment.

    The only reason anyone would go to see 2012 is if they love John Cusack more than their sanity. (There’s enough water to submerge the Himalayas but Africa is okay? WTF? The highest point on Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, is about 10,000 feet shorter than Mt. Everest).

  18. Danieon 20 Mar 2011 at 2:56 pm

    “The only reason anyone would go to see 2012 is if they love John Cusack more than their sanity.” <– That's the only reason I saw it. I'm a Cusack fan for his bumbling innocence but that was a bad movie.

    I haven't seen Poseidon because I am scared it is going to ruin the original version I like so much. It was one of the first disaster movies I ever saw and I am too scared with all of this rehashing of films to view it.

    Need a quick movie
    Take this one that is just fine
    Now that movie sucks

  19. B. Macon 20 Mar 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Speaking of horrible remakes:

    Sidney Poitier
    rolls violently in his grave:
    Why, Bernie Mac, why?

    Actually, Sidney Poitier is still alive (age 84), but I wouldn’t blame him if Guess Who finished the job.

  20. A. C. Spudnickon 20 Mar 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Alfred Hichcock tribute:

    Acrophobic cop
    Suicidal “Madeline”
    Fearsome nuns cause death

    Paralyzed creeper
    Mysterious deeds
    No more Ms. Thorwald

    Lunch over lamb chops
    Foreign to one another
    “Criss cross” murder plot

    Birds in a pet store
    Birthday party incident
    Avians out to get you

    Abandoned at sea
    Should they let the German live?
    Rescued at long last

    Norman Bates Motel
    Creepy voice, mommy issues
    Famous shower scene

    If you have no taste in cinema and don’t know the titles:
    Vertigo
    Rear Window
    Strangers on a Train
    The Birds
    Lifeboat
    Psycho

    Hooray for 1950’s films!!!

  21. B. Macon 20 Mar 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I loved “Should they let the German live?” and “No more Ms. Thorwald.” 🙂

  22. Jedi Penguinon 20 Mar 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Another one for Doctor Who:

    Strange little blue box
    It’s bigger on the inside
    Helps to save the day.

    More later, just need time to think…

  23. Castilleon 20 Mar 2011 at 7:45 pm

    (Jurassic Park)

    Cloning dinosaurs for fun and profit
    Then the lawyer loses his head
    turns out the raptors really are Clever Girls.

    (A Clockwork orange)

    Alex Delarge does the ultra-violence
    Then he gets to watch movies for therapy
    He’s cured all right.

    (The Godfather)

    Never start a vendetta with a Sicilian,
    or his family for that matter,
    they’ll make you an offer You Can’t Refuse

    (2001: A Space Odyssey)

    The computer won’t open the door,
    so Dave enters another one,
    finds his ‘youth’ again.

    Are these any good? Those are my very first attempts at Haiku’s. Mainly I tried because I saw a bunch of other people doing them.

  24. B. Macon 20 Mar 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I liked your Jurassic Park and the distinctive phrases from Clockwork Orange and Godfather worked pretty well. However, I think there are usually 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third (although I cheated a few times above).

    Criminals unmasked
    by a drug-addled hippie
    whose dog talks to him.

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