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September 01 2005

Win KRAD's Serenity novelization and trading cards. It's a Whedonesque competition...

We've got one copy of Keith RA DeCandido's novelization of Serenity and a pack of trading cards to give away, courtesy of the fine folk at Universal Pictures.

To win, all you have to do is write a Serenity/Firefly filk (What is filk?... basically, new words to an existing melody.) and post it here in the commments on this page.

From your submissions we will pick one winner.

To get your juices flowing, here are some examples on the Firefly fun site.

Our first competition? Cool :).Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.
yay! A competition! *goes away scribling*

Btw how long do we have time .. and is more than one entry allowed?
Can you use an obscure song that maybe not everyone has heard? Because there's one singer I think of when I think of Firefly in song, and she's in an indie rock band.

Also, we don't have to sing it, do we? ;)
Oh... time. Um. OK, a week? We close the competition Friday next week at um, noon Central European time.

esg... we'll ALL sing and obscure songs are fine, we'll just hunt down the original song p2p-style.

No more than two entries per person.
I think you should have to filk a 'Once More With Feeling' tune ;)

Every single night, the same arrangement, I cue up a Whedon show
still I always feel this strange excitement, when the music starts, when the credits roll

KIDDING, jeeze...

[ edited by zeitgeist on 2005-09-01 21:32 ]
Zeitgeist, how did you know what I was thinking in the shower this morning?
Just checking, can the prizes be shipped to the UK?
I'm thinking Universal has enough cash to send them to the moon.
Excerpt from The Serenity Viral Clip Pitch (Spectacular Spectacular) with apologies to Baz Luhrmann.

Joss: I am the evil doctor! You will not escape!
Summer: Oh Joss, no one could play him like you could!
Joss: No one's going to!
where do we send the submissions?
MySerenity: it's stated in the post.
Whoops, sorry. Guess I was too occupied trying to figure out what a filk is...I've already written one (well, two actually, but one was for a challenge on the browncoat site...) I'm not sure I should post them yet though, they still need to be spruced!
Looking forward to seeing them well spruced!
This is either gonna suck, or rock.
But I tried, and that's all I can do.
Anywhoo, Country Joe and the Fish - Fixin' to die rag.
Country Joe would be proud at least, 'cause he's just the awesomest.

Gimme a J!
J!
Gimme an O!
O!
Gimme an S!
S!
Gimme an S!
S!

What's that spell?
JOSS!
What's that spell?
JOSS!

So come on now River Tam,
Captain Mal needs your help once more.
Got himself in a terrible jam,
Up in space with the reavers, galore
So stop bein' loony and pick up a gun,
Show them monsters who's number one!

And it's one two three,
Got our girl River Tam,
Jayne, Wash, Inara,
Kaylee, Book, and Simon Tam,
And it's five six seven,
Ain't no one gonna mess with Mal,
Or even Zoe, his browncoat Pal.

On serenity they do their stuff,
'causin' the Alliance to be in a huff.
There's a plenty of time to have fun and play,
Down there in the cargo bay!
Even cows can be found down there,
And screamin' girls from Book's hair!

And it's one two three,
Got our girl River Tam,
Jayne, Wash, Inara,
Kaylee, Book, and Simon Tam,
And it's five six seven,
Ain't noone gonna mess with Mal,
Or even Zoe, his browncoat Pal.

And when fox cancelled our wonderful show,
We though that it was mighty low.
We sang our praise, and got a movie!
Oh boy that BDM is groovy!
And finally we showed fox,
By buying the show in a box!

And it's one two three,
Got our girl River Tam,
Jayne, Wash, Inara,
Kaylee, Book, and Simon Tam,
And it's five six seven,
Ain't noone gonna mess with Mal,
Or even Zoe, his browncoat Pal.

/edit.
Reading back through this, I thought a filk chant would be better, but as joss is the original, it'll stay. But if the filk chant gets me better, switch it around :-)

[ edited by JustNick on 2005-09-02 03:42 ]
Here's my attempt at a filk song. I apologize to Joss for ruining his song "Rest in Peace." I became a firefly flanatic after the show came out on dvd. These thoughts were not floating through my mind when I purchased these dvds...or perhaps in my sub-concious they were....I guess this explains that Joss truly creates shows that people have to see and not simply would like to see.

Browncoats cried
so many years ago
when Fox execs were evil
and killed their favorite show
and why I’ve found these dvds
I think I finally know

I’m scared
ashamed of how I could feel
I can’t tell my other friends
they’d tell me that tv isn’t real
will this show be worth it?
is it a rip-off or a steal?

it could be great
but do I wanna pay?
cause the scoobie gang used to touch me—
ewww, not that way—
but rather more than I can say
since buffy is over
I’m thinking I should pay
and fall in love again

Let me love again
Let me see heroes prevail
Let me laugh at Joss’ humor
and be amazed by the plots he unviels
I can watch reality shows
that’ll occupy me for only God knows
but I’d rather fall in love

I know
I gotta love this show
sure it’s starring Caleb
but he aims to misbehave
and since I trust in Joss
I’ll take my doubts straight to the grave
and fall in love again

I know I should probably go
but I follow Joss like a girl in love
there’s a force I feel
when he’s at his best
and he breaks my heart
like you’ll never guess
my eyes start to tear
and face get’s messed
but I can see the cashier’s not impressed
so I take out my wallet

And prepare myself
to fall in love again
to see heroes prevail
to laugh at Joss’ humor
and be amazed by the plots he unviels
I can watch reality shows
that’ll occupy me for only God knows
but I’d rather fall in love

I’d rather fall in love
It’s Joss, how could I not?
Let me fall in love.



Not sure if the next one will count. Not all the words are 100% original...one of the mods will tell me if it doesn't and then I'll write a new one (if they let me :) Apologies to whoever wrote "The Hero of Canton"


Joss!! The man some call Josh!!

I don’t know if he ever robbed from the rich
but if he did, he’d give it to the poor
stood up to FOX execs
when he should have knocked them to the floor
our love for him now
explains why Summer calls him Boss
The hero of browncoats
the man we call Joss!

Our Joss saw the browncoats hearts breaking
he saw this and was immediately alarmed
and he knew the evil FOX exec’s
we’re taking away Tru and the Inside
leaving browncoats to watch dumb shows like Charmed!!.
So he said “You can’t do that to my fan-base.”
he said “they need my shows to keep them sain!”
so Joss packed up his brain
when we all thought him insane
and entered a whole different ball game

I don’t know if he ever robbed from the rich
but if he did, he’d give it to the poor
stood up to FOX executives
when he should have knocked them to the floor
our love for him now
explains why Summer calls him Boss
The hero of browncoats
the man we call Joss!

Now here is what seperates browncoats
from common folk like George and Steven.
The man they call Joss
he, knocked on the Veral’s door
he did the impossible and helped us get even

So he gathered all of our big damn heroes
and he wrote a masterpiece
and the man we call Joss
he gave us tons pre-screenings
along with a long but reasonable release date!

Ohhh!!

I don’t know if he ever robbed from the rich
but if he did, he’d give it to the poor
stood up to FOX executives
when he should have knocked them to the floor
our love for him now
explains why Summer calls him Boss
The hero of browncoats
the man we call Joss!

[ edited by MySerenity on 2005-09-09 00:55 ]
Those are awesome, MySerenity!
Bravo!
JustNick and MySerenity, you are both immensely talented. I think you two should Whe-Date, then have little Whe-ones whom I'm sure will be as brilliant as River (without the Joss-induced looniness). I hereby withdraw from the competition; you guys are too good.
Whe-date and have whe-ones.
That cracked me up.

You shouldn't drop out of the competition, it's more fun than anything else.
Even if you don't win, the fandom gets a new song!
Win win situation, I say!
Thanks JustNick, and a special kudos to you for picking Country Joe and the Fish; that song brings back memories.
Yeah, I wanna read more!
Okay here is my first try of writing some filk ... the song would be "Under your spell" from the Buffy musical ... hope you guys like! Maybe i´ll also write the other one which is in my head right now ;)

Under Joss` spell

TV lived its life in shadows
Never the sun on its face
It didn't seem so sad, though
it figured that was its place
Now its bathed in light
Cause ( this) Whedon ( boy) can really write

I'm under Joss` spell
How else could it be
that his series`s just the world for me?
It's magic, I can tell
How he set it free
Made me care so easily

I see a world enchanted
Spaceships and charms in the air
I´d never took it for granted
I´d find something like that somewhere
But his talent shone
Brighter than any I've known

I'm under Joss` spell
Nothing I can do
He just took my heart with his crew
He worked his charms so well
Finally, I knew
Everything I dreamed came true

He made me believe

Every epi a hell of ride
makes me all excited inside

I'm under Joss` spell
Liking every scene
Watching it on my TV
I break with every tale
Lost in ecstasy
watching my Se-re-ni-ty

He makes TV com-plete
He makes TV com-plete
He makes TV com-plete
He makes TV -
Yay! More filks :) I love it Kessie, great job!
Every single fight, the same engagment
Give Jayne a big stick to weild.
Then you step away to see the strangment
When the dust is cleard that someone may be killed.

All those brawls in bars, then seeing stars, just counting up his scars,

When he's just fighting for enjoyment.
Bruising all the while,
Beating things is his artistic style.

He loves to hold his guns, Vera's his favorite
She may even keep him warm at night.
But he trade her all for YoSaffBridget,
Did Mal just hear that right? Cappy's ready to indict.

Elephant blowing chunks from yesterdays lunch, I think Mals about to punch

'Cept Jayne's just fighting for enjoyment.
Smashing things just makes him smile.
And payment makes the wounds feel all worthwhile.

He loves being mercenary, with a little burgulary,
It's very beneficiary

He just loves to be.....
Fighting for enjoyment
Building his Mug file.

Will he ever end? Will the Alience apprehend?

Or could he just transcend...
Firefly

Of course sung to 'Going thrus the Motions'
how sad that this is all the participation we get. Is the competition still ending tomorrow?
Is there anybody out there that needs more time?
I think the problem is, that it's slipped down and isn't top of the page. Out of sight out of mind, that kind of thing. Oh well, gives me a better chance of winning ;)
that's always good!
Sorry I'm on a huge high cause I just found out, that
a) I'm not only meeting Joss on monday but
b) it'll be taped for the DVD's! Life is sweet!
We Are Still Flying -- With apologies to "We Are The Champions" By Queen

We've paid our dues -
Time after time -
we've done our sentence
and committed some crime -
And bad mistakes
we've made a few
we've had our share of sand kicked in our face -
But we've come through

We are still flying - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -
We are still flying -
We are still flying
No time for losers
'Cause we are still flying - through the verse -

We've taken our bows
And our curtain calls -
Our Jobs brought us food and credits and everything that goes with it
-
And we´ve liked them all -

But it's been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise -
We consider it a challenge before the whole human race -
And we ain't gonna lose -

We are still flying - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -
We are still flying -
We are still flying
No time for losers
'Cause we are still flying - through the verse

[ edited by Kessie on 2005-09-09 15:24 ]
Again, Kessie, great job. This was fun. Can't wait for future competitions. Good luck everyone, haven't found a sour filk in the whole filk patch :) It will be hard to determine a winner!!
Giving this a few more days.
*peeks in* Is it still going? Maybe you should repost it, Caroline to get more entries ?!?
And the winner is.... Kessie! Kessie, please send your details so you can receive your prize.
Congatulations, Kessie!
Well done hunny!
Wow normally i never win! *dances the dance of joy* Thanks for the congrats guys!
I liked your stuff, too!
It looks like we'll be getting some more stuff to give away soon.

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