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Give me your Underdog stories!

I decided today that I absolutely love underdog stories. I love rooting for the little guy to come out on top. I love following along with their journey. Think Silicon Valley the TV Show or Halt and Catch Fire or the Bad News Bears, Mighty Ducks etc. What are your favorite underdog stories in books or film? Fiction is preferred for books, but either is fine for visual media.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Aug 1, 2014 - 22 answers

WritingFilter: What is a good pricing for self-pub short stories?

I have a couple of short stories out there on the market right now. They're between 4000-6000 words each. I've really been struggling with how to price these, and I have found no good advice on Google. How should I proceed? Writer flurries inside. [more inside]
posted by Queen of Robots on May 12, 2014 - 5 answers

SF/Fantasy books with a 'big reveal'?

RecoFilter: I'm looking for recommendations of books, preferably in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, that have a 'big reveal' somewhere in there that changes the whole perspective of the book or protagonist. Examples would be The Inverted World, The Prestige, or Ender's Game, for example, or the first Star Trek film, or some Lovecraft stories ā€” the whole thing, and all events narrated, appear in a different light after, you know? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 18, 2014 - 43 answers

I need a montage

I'm looking for fairy tales, myths, and similarly imaginative stories where the heroine or hero triumphs because of their perseverance or dedication to developing a skill, not because of an inherent personal characteristic or being "the chosen one." [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen on Feb 25, 2014 - 38 answers

Mental hacks needed, please.

Please share your mind hacks/mental hacks/stories you tell yourself to make things in your life easier. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Oct 28, 2013 - 76 answers

An illustrated post apocalypse.

A few years ago I saw a series of illustrations about a post apocalyptic Earth. The people had regressed to medieval life and there were still advertisements and cars and passenger planes from the previous era. [more inside]
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! on Aug 28, 2013 - 7 answers

How to write a story, pulp style

Specific story-writing method published by a '20s/'30s crime writer? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Jul 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Fruit-centric poems and stories for children

Do you know of any stories or poems for young children (ages 3-10) that are about orchard fruits--or at least feature fruit or fruit trees prominently?
posted by shibori on Jul 10, 2013 - 23 answers

Have you heard of these two short stories?

Can MeFi help me track down these two stories? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Apr 6, 2013 - 4 answers

What children's book of horror stories am I trying to remember?

When I was in third grade, I read a book of scary stories. It was certainly a book for children. On the cover was a humanoid monster with black and blue fur. It was snarling in front of a green sky over a green field. The field may have been a graveyard. One of the stories was about a house in which a murder occurred. I don't remember the title. Does the description sound familiar to anyone else?
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Short stories sought

Recommend me up some short stories. Inside, I'll tell you what I likes and what I don't likes. [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Nov 15, 2012 - 39 answers

Sticky Fingers, maybe?

What was that short story I read about sex with Mick Jagger? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Need help finding a book of short stories from my childhood...

I read this book of creepy short stories when I was younger and I can't find the book. One story was about a kid who is turned into a plant and another was about a guy being buried in the Hoover Dam. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on May 31, 2012 - 4 answers

How to read and talk about a book?

How do I communicate my thoughts about books I have read? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni on Apr 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Zen Shorts

Can you help me find Zen short stories that would be easy for teens to digest? My children have really enjoyed tales like "Stone Soup", "Three Questions and Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth but these have been read over and over and over to them since they were very young. They are getting older and craving more. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Feb 9, 2012 - 10 answers

I figured out what it was, now where was it?

Where did I read Ursula K. LeGuin's short story "Solitude"? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms on Nov 14, 2011 - 8 answers

How to say aloud "Lord Dā€”ā€”'s private chapel"?

How would you go about reading aloud a story with names redacted? [more inside]
posted by komara on Nov 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Time for some new reading material.

Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 4, 2011 - 31 answers

What clean humor book should I get for my fundie grandmother's birthday?

It's my grandmother's birthday next week, and I'd like to give her some sort of book with cute and funny short stories/jokes, a la Reader's Digest. It should also be clean humor only. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate on Sep 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Seeking Interesting Military Stories

Looking for military stories, but that do not center solely around combat. These can be from any military excursion (humanitarian aid, covert ops, etc....) from WWII until today. [more inside]
posted by JonesVery on May 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Software for beautiful, interactive data visualization

Do you have recommendations for good data visualization software for the Hans Rosling fan? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Escaped in the nick of tine!

Pulpfilter: Trying to find a story (possibly Doc Savage?) involving the protagonist buried up to his head and given only a fork-full of water/day to survive. [more inside]
posted by swashedbuckles on Jan 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Behind the Bars?

There was a website I saw within the last few months (I believe on MeFi) that hosted stories from people in prison in a blog format. I was foolish enough to not bookmark it, and now I cannot find it again. I keep thinking it was called Behind the Bars or something like that, but all of my searches are ending in vain. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Thanks
posted by daboo on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

What are the best articles ever published by Harper's magazine?

What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2010 - 16 answers

How do great writers create stories?

How do great writers create stories? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice on Jun 20, 2010 - 48 answers

I'll have the mystery meat.

Looking for a certain kind of cannibal. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 12, 2010 - 38 answers

Where can I find these short films?

I'm looking for a series of short autobiographical films that use a very simple animation technique. The artist draws pictures in real time as a voice-over tells the story. All you can see is the line of the pen as it forms the image, but you can't see the artist or the pen that's drawing the line. Thank you.
posted by muta on Jun 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Best new fantastic online fiction

What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

No Reply re: short story status! What next?

How do I query literary periodicals about "disappeared" short stories? [more inside]
posted by uans on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

I Ain't 'Fraid of no Ghost.

Please help me find find some "historic" ghost stories. Emphasis on folklore and authenticity. [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee on Jan 21, 2010 - 23 answers

The Accidental Docent

On Tuesday I'll be showing a new arrival to New York City around for an hour or so in the late afternoon. He's interested in the city's history, particularly the Bowery/Lower East Side. He has seen all the major tourist stops and I'm completely ignorant of the latest cool/interesting/weird spots downtown and most places have the lifespan of mayflies. Any ideas on how to prepare an awesome, emergency walking tour? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Can literary journals ask for a reading fee?

There is a literary journal currently asking for a $1 "handling fee" to fast-track submitted stories. Is this okay? What really, is the point of asking for a dollar?
posted by uans on Aug 22, 2009 - 20 answers

More detective stories!

It's summertime and that means detective stories. I've read ALL of Simenon, Agatha Christie (Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot), Dorothy Sayers, John Sandford, Denise Hamilton, Lee Child, Edward Wright, Henning Mankell. Tried but didn't like Tony Hillerman. Any suggestions for another engaging series? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 8, 2009 - 63 answers

Who was this greatest man?

I had a book (not a picture book) as a kid that was titled something like 'The Greatest Man in the World' or 'The Greatest Man that Ever Lived', and it was a collection of stories that were like fairy tales, or fables. [more inside]
posted by Zaire on May 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Why do different news media have similar stories?

How do different news media (radio vs. television) end up doing the same news stories? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on May 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Please scare me.

I want a book that I have to put into the freezer. I've read this question, which was looking for thrillers, and this post looking for short stories, but I can't seem to find a thread looking for scary, engrossing novels where supernatural is okay. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Mar 31, 2009 - 31 answers

Twitch cry.

How can I minimize the effects horror stories have on me? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Mar 14, 2009 - 27 answers

What are some TV series with really good story arcs?

I love me some arcs. Please share your favorite TV shows that offer really good story arcs. Leaning towards mystery and sci-fi. I'd prefer shows that feature "factual accuracy" within the context of the show. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Dec 28, 2008 - 75 answers

Stories about or featuring werewolves

I'm looking for werewolf literature. Any fiction with a halfway decent plot. Novels, short stories, folklore. Comics or graphic novels also okay. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Oct 16, 2008 - 38 answers

An Apple a day

Children's Story Filter: Help me find a story about the Apple family. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 answers

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