Flash Fiction Challenge: Genre-Flip An Iconic Scene

Here’s a bit of a noodle —

I want you to take a scene from, mm, let’s go with a well-known story. Ideally, it’ll be something we’ve all seen or read — so, Die Hard, Lord of the RingsStar Wars. Even better if the scene you pick is something iconic — the showdown between John McClane and Hans Gruber, the OH SHIT YOU’RE MY EVIL SPACE DADDY scene between Luke and Vader.

Take that scene.

And rewrite it.

The trick is, rewrite it with a new genre.

What genre it ends up with is your call. Star Wars as a horror film? Die Hard in an epic fantasy context? Your call. You can change the characters and situation appropriately — though again, ideally it becomes something iconic and recognizable even with those changes.

Write it down, ta-da, that’s this week’s challenge.

Length: ~1500 words

Due by: September 16h, Friday, noon EST.

Post at your place.

Drop the link below.


24 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Genre-Flip An Iconic Scene”

  1. Took a couple of reads before I realised you weren’t saying “I want you to take a scene from m/m [romance]”

  2. I love your challenges, Chuck… I really do!

    Just to think I did one yesterday where a spider thought the person who killed was there flatmate… talk about funny! The spider didn’t want to scare the person (how nice is that?) and was just leaving the house when the ‘flatmate’… hang on, I’ll let you read it. 😛

  3. […] This week’s Chuck Wendig flash fiction challenge is to genre-flip an iconic scene from a movie, book, etc.  I have chosen to take an iconic scene from The Princess Bride and mash it up with an equally iconic scene from Hamilton.  Hopefully it’s as much fun as I think it is. Please to enjoy. […]

  4. I also dipped into The Princess Bride for inspiration. I mashed it up with Hamilton and got a story called “Weehawken. Dawn. Guns. Drawn.” It’s only 615 words long, but that seems to be all I needed. Please to enjoy.


    P.S. Begin #shamelesselfpromtion: This is the first of these challenges I have done since March. I have decided to do NaNoWriMo this year, so between now and the beginning of November I hope to get caught up on the flash fiction challenges for this year, to get my writing muscles back in shape. I’m not going to post links to the stories back here on the original posts, because I’m not sure how many people would actually see them, If you think you might be interested in reading them, please follow my blog and let me know how I am doing. Thanks and i hope you like it.

  5. Hello Chuck & fellow dabblers. I stumbled across your blog after perusing articles about No Man’s Sky (which is a meditative experience to me) and discovering your excellent Rolling Stone piece.

    I’ve since been thoroughly enjoying Terribleminds, have set up a blog & written and posted my tawdry response to your flash fiction challenge.

    I have bastardised the opening scene from Star Wars: A New Hope with a rather crude and juvenile attempt to view it through the lens of a Carry On-esque sex comedy. Hmmm is my own reaction. But for what it’s worth:


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