Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Fun Friday: "Are we going to catch that Sirius Black dude?" Dean asked Sam.

Hi, everyone. My name is Carlie, and I like fanfiction. (Want to know more about fanfiction and the people that create it? Come to the panel that Liz and I are presenting that the YALSA YA Lit Symposium in November!) Specifically, I like drabbles, a form of fanfiction in which the entire story takes place in exactly 100 words. Often, people write drabbles around one very specific idea, or sometimes a word prompt, anything from "storm" to "dedication" to "triumph."

Your Fun Friday event is to write a drabble based on one of my favorite TV shows, books, or movies: Harry Potter, Sweet Valley High, Numb3rs, House, M.D., Star Trek: The Next Generation, Veronica Mars, CSI Las Vegas, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Supernatural, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Casino Royale, Ocean's 11. The drabble must somehow involve a library because that's what we do around here and contain the word "birthday" because mine is coming up on the 17th. Other than that, anything is fair game.

Here are some prompts to get you started, Feel free to use these if they suit you, or come up with your own idea:
  • Tell me about the shining moment of Dean Winchester's high school career.
  • Charlie Eppes finds out math really can't solve all his problems.
  • Who was the first patient Gregory House couldn't save in time?
  • Jack Skellington decides to celebrate Easter.
  • What other career(s) did Beverly Crusher consider before becoming a doctor?
  • Gil Grissom is assigned a lab partner in college who hates dissection.
  • Complete this line of dialogue: Harry said, "Ginny, I hate to tell you this, but I really like..."
Please make sure your story is content-appropriate for all literate audiences. And don't try to sell it because that's not legal.

The writer of the drabble I like best gets their choice of books: A galley of Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen, a paperback of Klepto by Jenny Pollack, a paperback of The Squad: Killer Spirit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, or a galley of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson.

(Really, if it's not exactly 100 words I won't yell at you. Just have fun.)



  • At 9:00 PM, Blogger Liz B said…

    OK, warning, this is rough and no beta and it's just a drabble, OK?

    Don Eppes and his team welcomed the new FBI agent with warstories, starting with "my first..." "My first arrest, I was two years out of the Academy," someone began, and then someone said "six month," another, "two weeks."

    "Oh, I can beat that," the new agent said.

    "Oh yeah?" Don said doubtfully.

    "My first arrest? For murder? I was 16. A junior in high school." Veronica Mars said with smile.

  • At 1:36 AM, OpenID bottle-of-shine said…

    I don't write in any of those fandoms! Sob.

    I will flail my fists that you're doing a whole panel on fanfic! I want to see it. Waaant. One day I will have the ability to go to these things. I won't be missing out on awesome events!

  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger javajump said…

    Veronica and Mac are on a stake out watching a local official wine and dine a woman who is not his wife. Unknown to Veronica, Keith is inside the hotel posing as a dignitary with Logan as his personal secretary.
    An hour into it, both girls are lead by gunpoint to the basement of the hotel. So distraught is the wife that she has killed the cheating husband. She plans to frame Veronica for the murder, but Logan and Keith rush in and save the day.
    “What happened to our epic love, Logan?” Veronica asked.
    “Baby, we were cancelled.”


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