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Principia Discordia => Literate Chaotic => Topic started by: Cramulus on May 11, 2009, 09:40:54 pm

Title: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on May 11, 2009, 09:40:54 pm
This is like the One Line Meme Bomb thread... just post quick ideas, maybe a few of 'em will be awesome.

It's challenging to come up with plotlines that haven't been raped to death yet!


I started off brainstorming "movie ideas", but movies are very large... some of these might work better as short stories or sketches or something.



Computer Animated sperm undertake a magical journey on their way to personhood. This is a suspense drama because although all the sperm are on the same team, they're also in competition. Oh, and the sperm's personalities are modeled after the Ninja Turtles.



A guy working at a beer factory discovers a flaw he can use to get a truck full of free keg beer every weekend. He then goes on road trips, getting into crazy adventures and being the life of the party. But how can he go back to his boring factory job after having such bad ass weekends?



A guy is given three wishes. One wish later, he's the last man on earth. Still tons of women, though!



A ex-hippie scientist tries to invent the next LSD and accidentally invents a drug that gives him telepathy. Rather than keeping this a secret, he markets the hell out of it. Soon, nearly everybody in the country is a telepath. They try to outlaw the drug, but court rooms are now a total mess. Eventually it's taken back off the market, but now nobody can cope with not being able to read minds. So instead of building a better, happier world with LSD, he inadvertently turns it into a paranoid asylum.



In a world where you can learn new things by plugging hardware into your brain, disinformation trolling becomes a method of warfare. Fifty years later, the world is in a coma of disinformation. Everybody in the world holds wildly innacurate beliefs. An team of hackers / information scientists tries to liberate humanity from the blanket of delusion they've been living under. This is, of course, considered terrorism.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on May 11, 2009, 09:47:51 pm
A young man from Saratoga Springs had a dream of becoming the next industrial metal superstar.  However, after joining the fabric of the local open-mic scene, he is quickly immersed in an alternate lifestyle filled with caffeine, noxema, and bad poetry.  By chance, a young woman passing through Saratoga Springs has a hankering for a latte and stops in during one of his performances.  She gives young Luke a total makeover and talks him into auditioning for American Idle.  In a bizarre twist, he falls in love with Randy Jackson and they run off to Mexico to raise ostriches and have lots of sex. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 11, 2009, 09:55:00 pm
Actually, that last one of yours Cram was very similar to an idea of mine: of memetic police who oversee the noosphere and stop aberrant, cancerous tumours getting out of control.  Yours adds a mechanical twist I hadn't figured out for mine yet though.

I may run with that, because its hella cool.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on May 11, 2009, 10:29:40 pm
Actually, that last one of yours Cram was very similar to an idea of mine: of memetic police who oversee the noosphere and stop aberrant, cancerous tumours getting out of control.  Yours adds a mechanical twist I hadn't figured out for mine yet though.

I may run with that, because its hella cool.

 :thanks:

another twist that occurs to me is that the heroic hackers are actually the delusional ones who have been targeted by actual terrorists.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on May 11, 2009, 10:50:19 pm
Homeful: The movie follows the life of "extreme downshifters". Once, they were white collar slaves. Now they have chosen voluntary homlessness, considered "extreme downshifting". These homeless have to prove themselves in the world of the homeless, and do so by being more EXTREME. (in the day glo mountain dew snowboarding sort of way) You survive by eating rats? Oh yeah? I survive by eating turds!

They discover a law that says that if you live somewhere for five years, you can claim it as yours. So they move into an occupied mansion and try to live under the radar for five years. They're discovered, of course. But then the owners and the squatters have to team up to fight the town zoning committee, who wants the mansion replaced with an office building.

Happy ending: They beat the zoning committe by making the mansion a religious haven. The main character falls in love with the rich girl who owns the mansion. They start a commune-cult on the mansion property. Movie ends with corporate fatcats smoking crack with homeless people and everybody is all friendly.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Adios on May 12, 2009, 01:56:13 am
A small private members only water skiing lake in Colorado which is located near a closed nuclear test site is inundated with a long buried and forgotten gene altering substance that turns a group of water skiers into a super race who realize that saving the world is useless and instead turn 95% of the planet into the ideal water skiing haven.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Pariah on May 12, 2009, 02:33:41 am
Computer Animated sperm undertake a magical journey on their way to personhood. This is a suspense drama because although all the sperm are on the same team, they're also in competition. Oh, and the sperm's personalities are modeled after the Ninja Turtles.

I think you could actually successfully market that to sex ed teachers around the country
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: DrShoggoth on May 12, 2009, 04:49:19 am
An old redneck stands boots deep in a pond fishing, contemplating his son who has become some big city faggot. A fish bites and he engages in a protracted battle filled with throbbing homoerotic metaphors and undertones. Finally he catches the fish and looks over and sees an alien on the other side of the pond, watching him.

Fade out.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 12, 2009, 10:50:55 am
He is a paranoid schizophrenic with expertise in Middle Eastern archeology and the Sumerian language.  She is his world-weary psychotherapist, bored of a life of treating the minor neuroses of trust-fund brats.  Together, they fight interdimensional crime!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: DrShoggoth on May 12, 2009, 11:23:18 am
Aliens go back in time and show a young Adolf Hitler how the world would be even worse if he didn't do the terrible things he's done, making him feel a moral obligation to fulfill his destiny. It turns out the aliens are playing a very sick practical joke on humanity.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 12, 2009, 11:31:11 am
 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 12, 2009, 12:54:28 pm
A Daddy's boy with a C average fails at every business opportunity he tries.  He then becomes President of the USA.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Richter on May 12, 2009, 01:05:43 pm
A dashing secret agent overcomes incredible odds and gets horribly wounded stopping an evil plot to steal fissionable materials.
His triumph contains no fanfare or trips off with the love interest to screw on a  yacht.  There's only the bleak silence as ambulance sirens slowly approach and take him away.  He spends a week in the ICU listsening to machines and hospitals sounds why they try to re contruct his colon. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 12, 2009, 01:07:52 pm
Everything falls apart, and no one does much of anything.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on May 12, 2009, 01:21:45 pm
Bill, a now former Wall St. executive, is forced to take on a job with the city's sanitation department.  That's right, Bill has turned to a life of grime. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 12, 2009, 02:12:44 pm
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/storygen.php

This might help.  For example, I got

Setting:                            Dangerous Workplace
Plot:                              Scooby Doo Hoax
Narrative Device:            Fling A Light Into The Future
Hero:                            Super Hero
Villain:                            Nebulous Evil Organisation
Character As Device:            Stock Character
Characterization Device:    Beware The Nice Ones


So I'm thinking what if there was a superhero who was immune to fire or choking, who worked as a fireman.  He is in fact an alien, the last of a dying race, who was sent to earth to spare him his civilization's destruction. 

Supposed acts of spontaneous human combustion are taking place, killing people and burning houses down.  However, these are in fact being staged by an evil organization of unknown origin, to remove old people and buildings from a prime peace of real estate in the setting, without having to pay the market price.  Our hero carefully tracks them down, only to be disgusted by their depraved evil and give them an epic ass kicking in the finale.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 12, 2009, 02:32:12 pm
Anyone who can do something with this is a genius:

Setting:                            Veganopia
Plot:                                    A Friend In Need
Narrative Device:            Thwarted Escape
Hero:                            Action Mom
Villain:                            African Terrorists
Character As Device:            Romantic Runner Up
Characterization Device:    Trope Mobile


Setting:                            Hell Hotel
Plot:                                    Fighting For A Homeland
Narrative Device:            Freak Out
Hero:                            Homeless Hero
Villain:                            Villainous Glutton
Character As Device:            Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs
Characterization Device:    Nice To The Waiter


Setting:                            Friendly Local Chinatown
Plot:                                    Lottery Ticket
Narrative Device:            Poor Communication Kills
Hero:                            Lady Of Adventure
Villain:                            The Dragon
Character As Device:            Hometown Hero
Characterization Device:    Famous Ancestor


Setting:                            Local Hangout
Plot:                                    Everything But The Girl
Narrative Device:            Hannibal Lecture
Hero:                            Badass Bookworm
Villain:                            Hero Antagonist
Character As Device:            Drop In Character
Characterization Device:    Evil Sounds Deep
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 12, 2009, 02:38:34 pm
Shit.  I'd love to do 3-minute trailers for each of those.  It would be a really fun project.


Hmmm... I wonder if any of my old student film major friends would be interested.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 12, 2009, 02:56:08 pm
Setting:    Evil Tower Of Ominousness
Plot:    Fantastic Voyage
Narrative Device:    Critical Psychoanalysis Failure
Hero:    Incorruptible Pure Pureness
Villain:    Dragon With An Agenda
Character As Device:    Heroic Bastard
Characterization Device:    Dark Is Not Evil

The hero and the former lieutenant of an evil overlord team up on a mission to kill him.  Along the way, our almost sickeningly pure and good hero tries to find out what makes our former villain tick.  A metaphorical and literal journey into the Heart of Darkness results, as we learn the lieutenant has issues resulting from early in his life (namely being the bastard of a lord, and thus denied the birthright privileges accorded to his younger half-brother, instead relying on his skill in combat to make a name for himself in this world, and thus falling into the mercenary business, which eventually led him to work for the evil overlord).  Instead of exposing him as a villain with a Freudian excuse for his crimes, we see that while he is a fairly dark person, his agenda was far less harmful than that of the Big Bad, and so he comes across as non-evil, and even perhaps an Anti-villain.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 12, 2009, 03:02:32 pm
Damn, you're good.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 12, 2009, 03:18:05 pm
Setting:    Scavenger World
Plot:    Invisible Main Character
Narrative Device:    Two Timer Date
Hero:    Anti Hero
Villain:    The Man Behind The Curtain
Character As Device:    Jumped At The Call
Characterization Device:    Eye Tropes

Set 100 years in the future, in the aftermath of superpowered terrorists attacks (like those described by John Robb) world infrastructure has fallen apart.  Our "hero" is a wheeler and dealer who survives by trading in "advanced" (ie just pre-crash) technology.  He happens to owe money to a particular corporate conglomerate, due to a gambling and drug habit that has him frittering away much of what he does make, and leaving him in massive debt when it comes to daily goods, like rent and food.

Because of the dire position he is in, he decides to loot a military base, where it was rumoured (according to a crackpot photocopy sheet which survived the crash and found its way into his hands) that hi-tech experiments were taking place.  While attempting to loot the place, he gets...infected, by a particular piece of technology, which renders him invisible to the naked eye.  At first, the effects are random, but later on he manages to gain a degree of control over when it happens, and to what extent.  At first, he uses it to simply feed his voyeuristic desires, and the occasional theft, but as he moves from place to place in the city he lives, he comes to appreciate the squalor people are kept in, while the corporate conglomerate he owes money to, stockpiles technology and lives in the lap of luxury by comparison.

And so starts the epic adventure of ass-kicking and revenge.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on May 13, 2009, 02:57:59 pm
It is the year 2020. The teleporter is invented. The technology is actually somewhat cheap, and teleporters begin showing up all over the world. You are able to get one in your house at about the same cost as a car. Mankind is able to cheaply and quickly get from point A to point B on the other side of the world. The whole world changes - you can work in New York City and go home that night to your mansion in India. Drug trade goes through the roof. Terrorism is ubiquitous. The value of money falls into chaos and there are plans for a global currency.

Teleporting is also a little dicey. Sometimes you end up somewhere other than where you expected. The technology is still pretty young.

The story, however, is about a teleporter repairman.

His hobby is juryrigging teleporters so that at a certain time, they will teleport their passenger to a killer party in Dubai.

At first he has a lot of fun creating escapism from the weird weird world. He teleports bored people into this awesome party, and when they go home they've become world citizens instead of locals using their teleporters to go to work.


the theme is that once the barriers of space have been eliminated, separation between people will be eliminated. If you can have tea in a different city every day, how long can you keep that up before you get numb to the wonders of modern civilization? The new focus becomes creating new places to visit rather than visiting the old world.

I also wonder -- if people had teleporters, I wonder how adventurous they'd get. I know a lot of people here would want to go do some pretty awesome things if they could teleport anywhere in the world for free. But I have a feeling a lot of people would just visit their "dream vacation" spot every single day until they had assimilated it into their routine.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 13, 2009, 02:59:33 pm
The initial culture shock would be enormous.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 13, 2009, 03:01:40 pm
There is actually a Hayden Christensen movie about a guy who gets an ability like this.  Its not technology, but inborn, and only a few others have it.  He uses it to rob banks and get rich, and then party and surf all over the world.

Oh, and there is some stupid religious bigotry/romance subplot, but that was crap.  Focusing on it, from a technological and society-wide/global point of view would be far more fun, and questioning.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 13, 2009, 03:02:09 pm
"Jumpers"?


Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 13, 2009, 03:03:20 pm
The one and the same.

I was so fucking annoyed after seeing that, because if I had the money right now, I'd be in Greece or Antarctica.  Teleporting would remove the need for even that.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 13, 2009, 03:15:52 pm
I was annoyed after seeing that, because it was terrible.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on May 13, 2009, 03:17:27 pm
A love story

It's a romance between two ultra-weird people

and a quiet woodsy chick
    who happens to be a Dendrophiliac


and
a really bad method actor
    who found inner peace during a school play while portraying a tree



Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 13, 2009, 03:17:38 pm
Well, duh, it had Hayden Christensen in a lead role.

You didn't see it at the cinema, did you?  I watched it because it was a slow night on TV and that was recorded.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on May 13, 2009, 03:19:12 pm
Take any movie plotline about wisecracking CGI animals

but it's a live action movie
   and instead of actual animals, they're human beings in fursuits

trying to save the forest from being bulldozed or something





this might mash well with that last idea


Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 13, 2009, 03:20:46 pm
Furries try to save a forest by holding a Conservation-con there.

Evil corrupt corporate executives hire Christina Aguilera and Redman to drive them out.  And they do, in graphic detail.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on May 13, 2009, 03:22:46 pm
Heh, a Con-con. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 13, 2009, 03:27:56 pm
Furries try to save a forest by holding a Conservation-con there.

Evil corrupt corporate executives hire Christina Aguilera and Redman to drive them out.  And they do, in graphic detail.

Ok, this made me hot.  Of course.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on May 13, 2009, 05:05:11 pm
Heh, a Con-con. 

so if you'd go there, you'd be a two-con man?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Richter on May 13, 2009, 05:12:29 pm
An idealistic 18 year old is called upon to undertake a hero's journey, learn to use his mystical powers, and save the world, but refuses on the grounds that "saving" the world would only be allowing the continuance of stagnated tradition and unacceptable status quo. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 13, 2009, 05:16:33 pm
It's like Candide, only more pessimistic!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on May 13, 2009, 05:25:11 pm
Heh, a Con-con. 

so if you'd go there, you'd be a two-con man?

And if you'r a liberal, it's a con-con-con.

I imagine they have those at Radio City. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on May 13, 2009, 05:26:58 pm
the theme is that once the barriers of space have been eliminated, separation between people will be eliminated. If you can have tea in a different city every day, how long can you keep that up before you get numb to the wonders of modern civilization? The new focus becomes creating new places to visit rather than visiting the old world.

I also wonder -- if people had teleporters, I wonder how adventurous they'd get. I know a lot of people here would want to go do some pretty awesome things if they could teleport anywhere in the world for free. But I have a feeling a lot of people would just visit their "dream vacation" spot every single day until they had assimilated it into their routine.

Depending on the technology, I'd be very hesitant to step into a teleporter. Even if chance of failure would be negligible (aka lte getting in a car crash).

Cause, call me weird, but with my regular personal belief of "mind/consciousness as an emergent property of the body", if you'd transport a person, atom by atom, breaking it down, digitizing it, sending and rebuilding it, physically completely equivalent, functioning exactly the same for everybody observing it, having the exact same memories etc.

but how would it "feel" or be experienced from the perspective of the consciousness that gets disintegrated to bits? there is no way, not even in theory, to tell (in a vaguely analogous sort of as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_suicide -- but without the quantum)

and if you could do this, couldnt you also rebuild the person twice or even more? which one would be "real"? all of them right? so, how could you merge them again?  by throwing them both through a teleporter and only rebuilding one of them? wouldnt that be equivalent to just killing off the other?

however, if teleporting would consist of a sort of "portal" type technology that somehow stitches two parts of space together so you can pass through, I wouldn't have this issue with it, because you stay in one piece.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Richter on May 13, 2009, 05:40:30 pm
The story of a society where once the average age of the next generation reaches 18, they are expected to move 20 miles west and establish a new village / city on their own.  The plot follows a generation doing so, and their quest to define what kind of orgaization, structures, and lifetyle they want for themselves.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on May 13, 2009, 08:44:04 pm
One fateful day, for no discernible reason...








all caffeine stops working. No matter what the source, in this modern-day setting, caffeine becomes ineffective.


Hilarity ensues.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on May 13, 2009, 08:51:51 pm
similar:


The Deity appears to every human being.

He says "Hi everybody! Yes I'm real. We're at the End Times now, and I'm changing the rules of morality so that killing is now considered Good. In fact, killing is now the only measure of goodness. And only 25% of you are going to get into heaven.

I'm also changing the way the material world works. No form of distance communication will function anymore, including TV, Radio, Internet, telegraph, whatever. Gunpowder, explosives, and gasoline are also now just as effective as water. You've got a week before I close up shop and turn off the lights, so have fun!"



seconds later I'm behind the building, sharpening a metal pole on the asphalt.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Bebek Sincap Ratatosk on May 13, 2009, 08:54:07 pm
Heh, a Con-con. 

so if you'd go there, you'd be a two-con man?

Two-Con Sam:

(http://www.kelloggs.ca/french/whoweare/images/char_toucansam.gif)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 13, 2009, 08:56:52 pm
Furries try to save a forest by holding a Conservation-con there.

Evil corrupt corporate executives hire Christina Aguilera and Redman to drive them out.  And they do, in graphic detail.

Ok, this made me hot.  Of course.

Sequel: Conservative Furry terrorists attempt to assassinate President Obama.

Who does the O-man call, to deal with this problem?

Who do you think?  8)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Richter on May 13, 2009, 09:09:36 pm
similar:


The Deity appears to every human being.

He says "Hi everybody! Yes I'm real. We're at the End Times now, and I'm changing the rules of morality so that killing is now considered Good. In fact, killing is now the only measure of goodness. And only 25% of you are going to get into heaven.

I'm also changing the way the material world works. No form of distance communication will function anymore, including TV, Radio, Internet, telegraph, whatever. Gunpowder, explosives, and gasoline are also now just as effective as water. You've got a week before I close up shop and turn off the lights, so have fun!"



seconds later I'm behind the building, sharpening a metal pole on the asphalt.

 :lulz:  Needs a :tears of joy:

Edit:  "Blood for the Blood God."
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on May 13, 2009, 09:23:42 pm
Edit:  "Blood for the Blood God."

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that a friend of mine worked this exact phrase into his Philosophy midterm paper. The teacher gave no comment and he got a B+.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Richter on May 13, 2009, 09:25:38 pm
Edit:  "Blood for the Blood God."

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that a friend of mine worked this exact phrase into his Philosophy midterm paper. The teacher gave no comment and he got a B+.
:lulz:
That's another idea in itself:  The antics, struggles, and victories of a college club devoted to missionary work in the name of laying more skulls before the throne of their lord.  "Campus Crusade for Khorne"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 14, 2009, 11:54:00 am
Edit:  "Blood for the Blood God."

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that a friend of mine worked this exact phrase into his Philosophy midterm paper. The teacher gave no comment and he got a B+.
:lulz:
That's another idea in itself:  The antics, struggles, and victories of a college club devoted to missionary work in the name of laying more skulls before the throne of their lord.  "Campus Crusade for Khorne"

Alternatively, this can be "Oil for the Oil God!"

Hint that it is a metaphor for the War on Terror outside of the work, but never actually suggest so within the work.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on May 14, 2009, 01:22:21 pm
Furries try to save a forest by holding a Conservation-con there.

Evil corrupt corporate executives hire Christina Aguilera and Redman to drive them out.  And they do, in graphic detail.

Ok, this made me hot.  Of course.

Sequel: Conservative Furry terrorists attempt to assassinate President Obama.

Who does the O-man call, to deal with this problem?

Who do you think?  8)

Only if Obama and Redman doubleteam Xtina afterwards.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on June 24, 2009, 06:05:20 pm
In the near dystopian future, politically motivated crime is considered a mental illness.  Our protagonist, a bitter expert on terrorism and aberrant psychology, and strong critic of the government, is imprisoned for meeting with terrorists (as part of his research, however the government and farcical legal system indict him as a co-conspirator).  Cue an ontological mystery set in a psych ward, where our protagonist attempts to outwit the guards, grind down the psychiatrists attempting to "cure" his "socio-political deviancy" and trying to not go insane as he is surrounded by less than sane people all day and drugged frequently.

I mentally drafted a few scenes of this while the hairdresser attempted to kill me.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on June 24, 2009, 06:15:24 pm
I like this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on June 24, 2009, 06:18:33 pm
I was intending to make it very psychological and philosophical.  Questions about society, psychotherapy, terrorism, the relationship between the state, ideology and prison practices, madness etc  There is so much potential material for it in such a setting.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on June 24, 2009, 06:21:48 pm
As they say, write what you know...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cait M. R. on June 24, 2009, 09:34:53 pm
In the near dystopian future, politically motivated crime is considered a mental illness.  Our protagonist, a bitter expert on terrorism and aberrant psychology, and strong critic of the government, is imprisoned for meeting with terrorists (as part of his research, however the government and farcical legal system indict him as a co-conspirator).  Cue an ontological mystery set in a psych ward, where our protagonist attempts to outwit the guards, grind down the psychiatrists attempting to "cure" his "socio-political deviancy" and trying to not go insane as he is surrounded by less than sane people all day and drugged frequently.

I mentally drafted a few scenes of this while the hairdresser attempted to kill me.

I would like to read this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on June 24, 2009, 09:52:37 pm
Edit:  "Blood for the Blood God."

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that a friend of mine worked this exact phrase into his Philosophy midterm paper. The teacher gave no comment and he got a B+.
:lulz:
That's another idea in itself:  The antics, struggles, and victories of a college club devoted to missionary work in the name of laying more skulls before the throne of their lord.  "Campus Crusade for Khorne"

Also, this same guy worked "skulls for the skull throne" into his final, but that was overshadowed by the fact that his whole paper was an analysis of the D&D 9 alignments system.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Kurt Christ on June 24, 2009, 10:52:37 pm
The second to last idea in Cram's OP reminded me of an idea I had- the story follows a young boy without any sort of psionic powers in a world where telepaths are the norm. He's seen as if he were blind or deaf, and has to learn to cope with everyone else knowing what he's thinking all the time.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Dark Monk on July 11, 2009, 11:27:28 am
SOMETHING ABOUT TESTICLESS.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Archduke Omni-Fap! on July 11, 2009, 01:57:57 pm
In the not-too-distant future, the decision is made to link parliamentary candidates to tabloid celebrities in an attempt to improve voter turnout. The corpses of Jade Goody and Princess Diana are exhumed and combined into a decaying grotesque by the Daily Mail's genetic research labs, and the resulting abomination seizes power with its horrible tentacles...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Eater of Clowns on July 12, 2009, 03:51:07 am
Through a mystifying combination of mad science and ancient magic every old wives' tale becomes true.  Millions of masturbating young men grow hair on their palms and eventually turn blind.  Young children making faces find that, indeed, it becomes stuck that way.

I don't have time to elaborate any further right now.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on July 13, 2009, 12:38:00 pm
Kettles boil quicker when you don't watch them.  An apple a day physically repels doctors...whether you want to see one or not!

I think thats an awesome premise actually.  Very Terry Pratchett-esque.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Golden Applesauce on July 13, 2009, 04:49:20 pm
Kettles boil quicker when you don't watch them.  An apple a day physically repels doctors...whether you want to see one or not!

I think thats an awesome premise actually.  Very Terry Pratchett-esque.

The bit about kettles has disturbing consequences for the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on July 13, 2009, 04:56:44 pm
A group of people are working on a collaborative wiki project, and eventually realize that one of the contributors isn't even a real person. As it turns out, he's posting from beyonnnnd the graaaave

the book comes to a climax in a cyber-seance, where the heroes communicate with the dead guy via IRC. To lay him to rest, they must wage a wikipedia edit war on his behalf to make sure his life's work isn't trolled and vandalized.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Eater of Clowns on July 13, 2009, 05:37:28 pm
Kettles boil quicker when you don't watch them.  An apple a day physically repels doctors...whether you want to see one or not!

I think thats an awesome premise actually.  Very Terry Pratchett-esque.

Slightly different idea in the same vein, a world where literally that which does not kill you only makes you stronger.  The entire world shifts from pain aversion to pain seeking behavior with accidental deaths skyrocketing from those trying to push their physical limits.  The survivors of such radical measures become virtually indestructible.  Governments regularly abuse their own soldiers within inches of their lives in an arms race based on superhuman combat.  Police forces need to likewise train their officers in order to combat gangs swelling with Herculean members.  "Non-lethal" methods of subduing criminals such as tazing and pepper spray are useless, as the dosage required to stop a veritable behemoth would kill any "average" human.  Our hero is a journalist investigating what brought this phenomenon about two generations ago, and stumbles upon a terrible truth.  He is hunted by private and national interests to silence his discovery, which includes how to reverse the shift.  He succeeds, only to bring society to the brink of collapse, every aspect of life having depended on our newfound strength.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Kai on July 14, 2009, 12:24:46 am
"could also see potential blockbusters where proselytizing alien armadas are used to explore our relationship with religious traditions and what happens when two immovable forces meet."

From a post on the Weird World blog speculating on the future effects of District 9 on alien portrayal.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Remington on July 14, 2009, 04:05:25 am
Oh no... thought Alice as she watched the velociraptor pull itself out of the smoking ruins of the Time Machine, Not again.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 14, 2009, 08:22:17 pm
Our universe suddenly transitions to operating not on physics, but on aristotlean logic. Ravens quickly become black holes, and anyone who changes their mind ceases to exist, since they are a contradiction in the unified and artificially divided 'now'.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on July 14, 2009, 08:40:00 pm
It's 7 o'clock in the evening.  John Brown is just sitting down to do his calculus homework.  Suddenly, his desk starts to shake and vibrate.  Panning over, we see that his Texas Instruments graphing calculator is the force.  The shaking becomes more violent and is now affecting the whole house.  To John's astonishment, the calculator starts to unfold, and increase in size.  It is growing legs, and arms.  From his backpack, his compass emerges, undergoing a similar transformation accompanied by his ruler.  John looks up at what was his graphing calculator and asks: "Who...who are you?"

"I am Parabolous Prime!  And this...is a Sine of the Times!"

Coming in the Summer of 2010....Transformers 3: Rise of the Nerdobots!"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Kai on July 14, 2009, 09:58:38 pm
"sine of the times"

 :x :x :x :argh!: :argh!: :argh!:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on August 07, 2009, 12:46:44 pm
Cram, you want me to sticky this in Literate Chaotic, for easy reference?

Edit: too late, already moved it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on September 16, 2009, 04:14:57 pm
From former British ambassador, Craig Murry:

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Craig Murray, British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, stumbles across the fact that the British government is routinely receiving intelligence from torture, through the CIA. He knows that the CIA is flying people in to Uzbekistan to be tortured. He directly documents a number of false flag bombings and other devices designed to exaggerate the al-Qaida threat in Central Asia.

He dutifully reports all this back to his superiors in London. He is recalled, told that this is UK policy and he should shut up. Continuing his investigations in Tashkent, he is suddenly faced with eighteen serious disciplinary allegations. They include criminal allegations like selling visas for sex, and an accusation that he is an alcohlic.

He is told the allegations will be heard in secret and he is not allowed to tell anyone, not even to prepare a defence. He has a nervous breakdown. Downing St leaks details of the more lurid allegations to the tabloids but this backfires. Murray is known in media circles and his human rights work is respected. The accusations meet with widespread media derision, and Murray is acquitted on all counts.

Returning to Tashkent in triumph, he collapses after two days with multiple pulmonary emboli (blood clots in both lungs). He nearly dies and is in a coma for five days. There is never an explanation of the cause of so many blood clots, and doctors are suspicious. Unexpectedly he recovers, but is given six months to three years to live due to resulting pulmonary hypertension. He is dismissed as Ambassador when one of his telegrams on torture and intelligence is leaked to the Financial Times - who nonetheless do not publish the most damning bits.

Murray proves to have the extremely rare ability to regrow the arteries in his lungs, and starts to recover. He tries to make public the British government's complicity in torture, releasing documents on the internet and publishing Murder in Samarkand, which tells the above story.

Murray stands against Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in Blackburn in the 2005 General Election. The BBC make a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Murray. Esther Oxford, the Assistant Director and cinematographer on the documentary, lives with Murray for four weeks to film it. After the election Oxford and her camera are even admitted to the operating theatre for Murray's heart surgery.

Murray becomes good friends with Oxford and presenter John Sweeney. But when the documentary is made, The Ambassador's Last Stand concentrates heavily on Murray's personal eccentricities and thus discounts his allegations of British government complicity in torture. The Murrays and Oxfords remain friends, however. Murray meets Esther's father, the virologist Professor John Oxford, and Murray's wife Nadira dances at Esther's wedding.

Murray gives evidence to the European Parliament on UK complicity in torture. Returning on the Eurostar, he sits with a Tory MEP, a descendant of T E Lawrence. The MEP shows Murray on the train Lawrence's original map of proposed boundaries for the Middle East.

In researching the possible dangers from avian flu, Prof Oxford exhumes a victim of the Spanish flu of 1919, who was buried in a lead coffin. The corpse is not just anybody - it is Sir Mark Sykes. Sykes is the diplomat who negotiated the infamous Sykes-Picot map, dividing the Middle East on colonial lines between British and French puppet regimes. This is done contrary to the hopes of Lawrence for a strong Arab nation, and behind the back of Woodrow Wilson. Sykes dies on the way home from the negotiations.

Six months after Sykes is exhumed, a global flu pandemic is first identified in Mexico.

All of the above is true.

The first half of the story, as contained in Murder in Samarkand, is the tale of a genuine government conspiracy to use torture, falsify intelligence and smear an innocent man to cover it up.

In the second half I conflate my tenuous connection with John Oxford, an interesting meeting on a train and the Sykes/Lawrence link, plus the timing of Sykes' exhumation and the outbreak of swine flu. I really don't believe those are any more than mild coincidences. But I can see inspiration for a novel in there if they were beefed up a bit.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on September 30, 2009, 04:51:07 pm
"When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die. They all lay in stone houses in Their great city of R'lyeh, preserved by the spells of mighty Cthulhu for a glorious resurrection when the stars and the earth might once more be ready for Them."
- Old Castro, the Call of Cthulhu

Astronomist Peter Armstrong has noticed something strange about the gravitational effects Betelguese is having on the local area of space around it.  While the star has been shrinking rapidly for a number of years, the events he is now seeing are inexplicable - until he recieves a mysterious message, and is nearly killed.

The stars will soon be right again.  Betelguese is a dying star, every astronomer knows that, but what they don't know is that when it dies, it will set into motion a terrible chain of events.  It is no coincidence that the three Great Pyramids are aligned to match with the stars of Orion's belt.  Or, as the Egyptians called the constellation back then, Osiris. Sirius, the dog star, was his wife, Isis, and the seasonal change of the stars represented the death of Osiris at the hands of Set, and his resurrection by Horus. 

But now the victory of Set is assured, written in the heavens.  The age of Horus will pass, and the Age of Set will ascend.  The stars will be right again.  Cultists on earth prepare, knowing they must time the rituals for when Betelguese's nova is apparent over the night sky of the earth.  The light, brighter than the moon, that would light up the night sky would serve as the liberating force, breaking the aeons old shackles that have prevented Them from once again ruling over the planet.

That is, unless Peter and his mysterious informant can stop them.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on September 30, 2009, 04:56:41 pm
Dan Brown can go fuck himself.



Although, since Betelguise is 640 light years away, it must have gone nova in 1369.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on September 30, 2009, 04:59:11 pm
That was the part that was going to be Dan Browned.  Well, that and the possibility of Cthulhu rising out of the depths and eating Indonesia.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on September 30, 2009, 05:09:02 pm
I say go Quantum with it.  Use Bell's theorem, with the implication that information travels faster than light (perhaps even getting tachyons in the act), and then the Old Ones can respond to Betelguise's explosion immediately.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on September 30, 2009, 05:14:35 pm
Well the idea was it was already exploded, but the equipment had only just been made to detect it had gone, in which case the main character might need to be some top guy at NASA or something.  The key event was going to be the sign of the supernova over the earth - the light passing through the solar system is the key to the rituals, what powers them to release the Old Ones from captivity.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on September 30, 2009, 05:25:16 pm
Ah... Gotcha.  Not bad.  I think with a couple of stretches, that would work.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 30, 2009, 06:21:12 pm
Here's a Couple of Original Stroy Ideas That I Had:

A "Cthulhu Mythos" style horror story set several million years in the future. Species other than humanity have evolved to sentience, and Humankind plays the role of the horrible eldritch monstrosities from an ancient aeon.

-------------------------

Ok, here's another idea that relates to the Cthulhu Mythos. A sequel to the events in the stories pickman's Model and The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath which explores the dark connection between controversial artist and practitioner of the dark arts Richard Upton Pickman, and the invention of tentacle porn
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 30, 2009, 07:11:50 pm
Alternately, have the visual display of the supernova in earth's sky be the trigger, not the actual explosion.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 02, 2009, 04:38:26 am
Ok... here's another one... not completely original, but:

"As Saint Gulik awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a furless ape..."


Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 02, 2009, 04:56:49 am
Just thought of another one:


A geneticist discovers that some of his colleagues have been recruited to work on a secret government project whose intent is to create a race of "Super Soldiers". Appalled by this development, the geneticist starts working in secret on a project of his own, using recombinant Bonobo DNA, (in conjunction with hybridization and chimerization) to create a race of "Super Hippies" to protest the Super Soldiers....

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on October 02, 2009, 12:46:45 pm
Well the idea was it was already exploded, but the equipment had only just been made to detect it had gone, in which case the main character might need to be some top guy at NASA or something.  The key event was going to be the sign of the supernova over the earth - the light passing through the solar system is the key to the rituals, what powers them to release the Old Ones from captivity.

So, anyway...


I guessing there's something that needs to be done to prevent the Old Ones from waking...  In true Dan Brown style, it needs to be completely banal, something so trite that you could probably even do it by accident.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on October 02, 2009, 01:38:29 pm
In a bizarre twist of inexplicable events, George W. Bush and Barney Frank end up stranded on a deserted island in the South Pacific.  Will they be able to work together to find their way off the island?  Will the be able to put aside their partisan rhetoric to find common ground?  And don't look now, here come the natives with their Axes of Evil!!!!

:omg:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on October 02, 2009, 01:46:01 pm
I want to see Barney Frank make GWB gay.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on October 02, 2009, 02:01:40 pm
"Oh noes, it's the Poke Monster!!!"-GWB
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on October 02, 2009, 03:54:20 pm
Well the idea was it was already exploded, but the equipment had only just been made to detect it had gone, in which case the main character might need to be some top guy at NASA or something.  The key event was going to be the sign of the supernova over the earth - the light passing through the solar system is the key to the rituals, what powers them to release the Old Ones from captivity.

So, anyway...


I guessing there's something that needs to be done to prevent the Old Ones from waking...  In true Dan Brown style, it needs to be completely banal, something so trite that you could probably even do it by accident.

Presumably there would be key components for such a ritual, some requiring exotic items (MacGuffin hunt) and it would have to be done in a certain time, in a certain place in exactly the right way.  Or else eldiritch things from the Mauve Zone will just eat all the cultists, or something.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on October 02, 2009, 03:57:59 pm
Ah, so the Old Ones are defeated because pencils are made with graphite these days, not lead, so the right ingredients aren't present at the right moment or some shit like that; and the pyramid collapses in upon itself.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on October 03, 2009, 09:50:17 pm
Ok... here's another one... not completely original, but:

"As Saint Gulik awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a furless ape..."




:lol:

I've never read the original myself, but I suppose this spoof carried out well could make a very nice piece of Discordian literature.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 04, 2009, 12:17:03 am
It might be hard to pull it off with the same feel. It might also be a bad idea. Few people like to feel like they have been kicked in the stomach repeatedly for two hours.

I got the impression that in The Metamorphasis, the real horror was not that the guy became a bug, but how little that plot element changed anything.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on October 05, 2009, 01:40:47 pm
If you want to know what this would look like as a novel instead of a short story, please read Will Self's Great Apes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Ratssinis on December 24, 2009, 08:37:45 pm
You all take 1d100 sanity damage for every round of combat that you have line of sight with The Great Old One.

kthxbai.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: NotPublished on December 24, 2009, 09:40:49 pm
The runaway apple

The Golden Apple finally sprouted legs and decided to run away from Eris, but will s/he incur the wrath of Eris? Or will the Golden Apple find a new home?


I'm sure theres alot more you can add to that messed up thing ... that'd be an interesting childrens book
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on December 25, 2009, 06:14:17 am
a guy dies on a forum

he haunts everyone that posts on it


one man has the courage to troll his ghost
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: NotPublished on December 25, 2009, 10:46:24 am
a guy dies on a forum

he haunts everyone that posts on it


one man has the courage to troll his ghost

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 25, 2009, 03:46:36 pm
a guy dies on a forum

he haunts everyone that posts on it


one man has the courage to troll his ghost

Write it, write it!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Eater of Clowns on April 08, 2010, 05:52:43 am
A young boy comes across an injured dog and decides to rescue it.  He befriends the dog, which likewise becomes quickly attached to him and his family.  One day while playing in the woods, the dog leads the boy to a patch of dirt that he soon begins digging.  The dog has had years of training as a Human Remains Detection Canine - a Cadaver Dog.  Can dog and boy work together to solve a murder?  Will dog's owner ultimately find their lost hound?  Will boy ever sleep soundly again?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Eater of Clowns on April 21, 2010, 11:26:58 pm
Right now writing a short story set in a post-totalitarian America.  The main character finds work by competing in brewing competitions at different settlements.  The winners get a contract for the settlement and are provided with ingredients and lodging until their supply is completed, when they can either sign on again or find work elsewhere.  The highly structured nature of the collapsed government has ingrained an obsessive quality to most people in regards to their chosen professions, making these events pretty intense and personal.  It's been shelved for a while because I'm finding it very, very difficult.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on July 04, 2010, 09:40:56 pm
A man wakes up one morning in bed to find that he has imbued his wife with a perfect copy of his own mind.  After the obligatory comedysex scene, he discovers he can do this to anybody.  The world is taken over by mental clones of this man, and a tragic/hilarious utopia comes into being.  Near the end, people who were mind-wiped start returning to normal, and kill him. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on July 05, 2010, 02:46:58 am
A man wakes up one morning in bed to find that he has imbued his wife with a perfect copy of his own mind.  After the obligatory comedysex scene, he discovers he can do this to anybody.  The world is taken over by mental clones of this man, and a tragic/hilarious utopia comes into being.  Near the end, people who were mind-wiped start returning to normal, and kill him. 

For a second there I forgot the title of this thread, and thought you were describing an already-existing story. I thought "WOAH I gotta get me a copy of that!"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Stelpa on August 30, 2010, 02:14:11 pm
A short story in an alternate reality in which the Apolo 13 flight cannot contact base. Panic ensues when members begin to fight over remaining oxygen and find a way to contact base. Perhaps a fictitious flight COULD be used (dont want to defame the actual astronauts), but the Apolo 13's famous line of "Huston we have a problem" might apply there :\

SPOILER ALERT: The earth was destroyed while they were out. All that remains is a wispy cloud of vapor. :o [dramatic music]
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on August 30, 2010, 02:24:33 pm
A short story in an alternate reality in which the Apolo 13 flight cannot contact base. Panic ensues when members begin to fight over remaining oxygen and find a way to contact base. Perhaps a fictitious flight COULD be used (dont want to defame the actual astronauts), but the Apolo 13's famous line of "Huston we have a problem" might apply there :\

SPOILER ALERT: The earth was destroyed while they were out. All that remains is a wispy cloud of vapor. :o [dramatic music]

Well, it was the height of the Cold War.  Perhaps the USSR mistook the Apollo mission for an attempt to militarize space, and so struck at the USA first and so culminated in a global nuclear conflict which destroyed the entire planet, and set up that chain reaction which some Manhatten Project scientists had initially worried about, where the entire Earth's atmosphere is set on fire.  A couple of misfired nukes into volcanoes could help matters along considerably.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on August 30, 2010, 02:30:51 pm
haha I like that! It would make a good twilight zone episode.



Here's one:

There is a small shack which technically owns the sword in the stone. Whoever pulls the sword from the stone will be sworn in as the true President of the United States. The story is about the disgruntled disaffected apolitical employees who work there. All sorts of whackjobs come and try to pull the sword and save America, but nobody can do it. Everybody's bursting with these terrible solutions - "I know how we can save America - we have to abolish the department of education!" -- stuff like that.  The employees think this is laughable. They're the only ones in the story with a grip on reality, and they understand what a clusterfuck it would be to "fix" the country.

Then one of the employees pulls the sword by accident. Suddenly everybody is up his ass. Every opinion he has is contradicted, loudly, by idiots. He spends the next half an hour trying to run from people and being shouted at. They eventually kill him before he can do anything.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on September 24, 2010, 05:58:51 pm
Our protagonist is waiting at the nearest train station, after an appointment which delays them from catching their usual train.  While at the station, they see a train pull up briefly, but which has signs saying to not board it.  In one of the carriages, they spiy an official looking man in a business suit, another younger looking man with a briefcase, and two men who look like bodyguards with them.  The train stops, some railway officials board, sweep the train, then leave.  Thinking nothing of it, our protagonist returns home, does boring home-related things and falls asleep.

The next day, they turn on the news to find out that the Foreign Secretary has died in a car crash, supposedly at 4pm yesterday.  They then show a picture of him, and the protagonist recognizes him the man on the train.  Only...he was at the station at 4:55pm yesterday.

And that's as far as I got.  It's more of a hook than a real story outline, but there we go.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on September 24, 2010, 11:30:20 pm
In this story, it is common knowledge that the world is a computer simulation.  People who train hard can actually hack the simulation.  However, there a religious movement determined to gain root access.  Our hero must stop them by discovering the hidden truth about reality:  That the universe actually exists.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Adios on September 24, 2010, 11:40:50 pm
I was bored one day and decided to go to hell. After a bit of digging I managed to locate the entrance and just walked in. I hadn't gone very far when a very pleasant fellow came up to me.

"Welcome, we don't get many visitors these days. What brings you here?"

"I was a little bored and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. All the stories don't exactly portray this place this way."

"What stories? Like I said, it's been just over 2000 years since we have had guests."

"2000 years? So about the same time that christian religion started. That's interesting."

"Christianity?" He laughed. "I started that as a joke. They took it serious?"

"Sure did. You wouldn't believe the mess you started. People are still killing each other over it. So, are you Satan?"

"Satan? Oh, you mean Stan. I told that bastard to spell check everything."

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on October 30, 2010, 04:28:27 am
Possible NaNoWriMo plan;

Two countries (based on Russia, America) in a Cold war situation. No-America puts one of their least loved MPs in a car with an agressive rapper and drives them slowly through not-Russia to try to cause a diplomatic incident by aggrivating the miliarty into attacking them.

Not-Russia does not attack. They are in fact afraid of a social movement calling for an end to corruption in Government (based on Anonymous; think CoS protests gone mainstream)

The MP survives and returns and the government fear he will see into the plan and revel them. They plot against him, he gets wind of it and he steals a folder full of top secret information from an agent he recognises at a strip club, hoping to use it as leverage.

The agent was in fact a member of the dept. of Propoganda. He doesn't report the theft to cover his own arse, but instead fabricates intelligence suggesting the MP is a communist sympathiser who has been secretly infiltrating not-America's information for almost 12 years in order to support one of the more radical communist groups in not-Russia.

The not-Russians catch word and freak out and send spies in to capture the MP. He is held in an internment cam and the Not-Russians get their hands on a number of hyperbolic documents. They end up engaging in a number of pointless excercises; starting a major conflict with a group of bicycle makers whose shop is allaged to hide a not-American nuklier base, and others. The not-Americans, seeing these actinos, assume they are of military significance. The propoganda dept. member develops a concience and shows the copy of the files that led to the trouble. UNfortunately these files have all ready been found by spies in not-Russia and copies send to Not-America, and filed away in the database. When it is revealsed the leaked documents are in the not-American database (Ie, seem genuine), the Propoganda chap is secretly assasinated for treason.

Not-Russia meanwhile dresses two 'protesters' in Guy Fawkes (or whatever) masks and has them kill a civilian, framing 'Anonymous'. They then post an admission of guilt on not-/b/ as well as a fabricated 'guidebook' designed to show Anon as a terrorist group.

The not-Russians find a look-alike of the MP and bring him into the public lime light, as an efficient propoganda tool for their cause. They make claims that he was always a Russian-American. They fabricate docuemnts to give the man an everyday identity. He becomes a pop-culture hero, and the Not-Russians begin a campaign to have him win the presidency for their party, with intent to use him as a puppet.

Eventually the MP escapes. While trying to hide, he finds people will instead go out their way to help him. He is caught up with an Anonymous protest; they seem to have ignored the heinousness of the murder but embraced the 'guidebook' and have reinvented themselves as a paramilitary group.

The MP storms the parliment with the protesters. He confronts his 'other self', who ends up being shot by a guard.

The story ends with the MP as president of not-Russia. He makes all the same mistakes as the not-Russians. The story ends with him discussing plans with the Minister of Propoganda.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on October 31, 2010, 06:18:30 am
There is a shade-world where every living person has a double. Each depends on the others life to survive; a shade dying kills its human and vice versa. A pair of humans find themselves under threat from shades who are trying to kill one of their friends, who has become an evil overlord in the shade world. Then, they realise the shade's best friend is in fact THEIR OWN world's overlord...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on October 31, 2010, 08:54:47 am
This is only quasi-original, but:

Pokemon and the Methods of Rationality.

:lulz: 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Disco Pickle on November 18, 2010, 03:55:26 am
I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a few years but never gotten past rough draft due to life.

a particular day of newborn births worldwide grows into their early or mid twenties and then stops aging noticeably, biologically.

it's not noticed for several years after they stop aging, because no one has ever thought to check for that sort of thing, and people in their mid 20's can sometimes easily pass for people in their early to mid 30's, depending on their lifestyle (needs work, I know)

I am still stumped on the catalyst, but am clear on the idea that these people would be hunted down for study, sort of a reverse logans run where the older are hunting them, except to learn what caused it and if it can be replicated.

haven't settled on the era, but have feel it should definitely be more modern than pre industrialization.

thought I'd share, even though it'll likely never see the light of day because I've moved away from story creation.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Thurnez Isa on November 18, 2010, 04:04:27 am
I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a few years but never gotten past rough draft due to life.

a particular day of newborn births worldwide grows into their early or mid twenties and then stops aging noticeably, biologically.

it's not noticed for several years after they stop aging, because no one has ever thought to check for that sort of thing, and people in their mid 20's can sometimes easily pass for people in their early to mid 30's, depending on their lifestyle (needs work, I know)

I am still stumped on the catalyst, but am clear on the idea that these people would be hunted down for study, sort of a reverse logans run where the older are hunting them, except to learn what caused it and if it can be replicated.

haven't settled on the era, but have feel it should definitely be more modern than pre industrialization.

thought I'd share, even though it'll likely never see the light of day because I've moved away from story creation.

MAD SCIENTIST

j/k

actually here I think it maybe better to leave it ambiguous. It possible too much explanation destroys some of the mystique.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Disco Pickle on November 18, 2010, 04:10:32 am
I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a few years but never gotten past rough draft due to life.

a particular day of newborn births worldwide grows into their early or mid twenties and then stops aging noticeably, biologically.

it's not noticed for several years after they stop aging, because no one has ever thought to check for that sort of thing, and people in their mid 20's can sometimes easily pass for people in their early to mid 30's, depending on their lifestyle (needs work, I know)

I am still stumped on the catalyst, but am clear on the idea that these people would be hunted down for study, sort of a reverse logans run where the older are hunting them, except to learn what caused it and if it can be replicated.

haven't settled on the era, but have feel it should definitely be more modern than pre industrialization.

thought I'd share, even though it'll likely never see the light of day because I've moved away from story creation.

MAD SCIENTIST

j/k

actually here I think it maybe better to leave it ambiguous. It possible too much explanation destroys some of the mystique.

yeah, but to me, as a rabid book reader, I'd need a very deffinate reason why.  If it was left unanswered I'd bitch and cuss and tell anyone who brought it up how much of a fucking deus ex machina the author worked in to get him/her self out of actually coming up with an intriguing and believable reason.

full disclosure: I'm a bit of a fucker when it comes to what I think is a good necessary plot point.  explaining the why would be, IMO, absolutely necessary unless you were going to drag it into a series, something I didn't ever envision until..  just this moment actually.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Epimetheus on January 05, 2011, 05:16:43 pm
A society where the liberals tend to be religious (fundamentalists perhaps) and the conservatives tend to be irreligious.
No doubt this is already written, but I've never read it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Juana Go? on January 05, 2011, 09:09:13 pm
I've been helping a friend develop that very concept recently. It's been pretty fun.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prince Glittersnatch III on January 06, 2011, 07:34:32 pm
Ive been working on a short story thats supposed to be written from the perspective of an insane man.
The point is that on the outside he looks perfectly normal to his friends/co-workers, but inside he lives in an extremely bizarre and paranoid world. He has several delusions but one delusion Im focusing on is the idea that his friends and loved ones are being replaced by nearly identical copies, but he cant let them know that he knows that they're copies because then he would be "replaced" too.

I also had the idea to write it so it cycles from 1st to 2nd to 3rd person, to simulate disassociation, but Im probably scraping it for being too gimmicky.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prince Glittersnatch III on January 06, 2011, 07:36:32 pm
A society where the liberals tend to be religious (fundamentalists perhaps) and the conservatives tend to be irreligious.
No doubt this is already written, but I've never read it.

Perhaps a world where Paul never wrote the epistles and gospels stood alone as the sole scripture of Christianity. So Christians would be all about re-distribution of wealth and social justice.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on January 06, 2011, 09:49:22 pm
Androids get developed, then are soon after banned due to a new multinational labor lobby to defend human jobs.  Some survive, and are hired by a crab fishing captain who recently lost his whole crew in a bad storm, and couldn't stand to lose more men.  The android crew are excellent crab fishers, but fail to win the captain's trust until they save his ship, and they bond.  The labor lobby finds out about them, though, and the captain must fight or lose yet another beloved crew.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on January 07, 2011, 12:57:40 am
Androids get developed, then are soon after banned due to a new multinational labor lobby to defend human jobs.  Some survive, and are hired by a crab fishing captain who recently lost his whole crew in a bad storm, and couldn't stand to lose more men.  The android crew are excellent crab fishers, but fail to win the captain's trust until they save his ship, and they bond.  The labor lobby finds out about them, though, and the captain must fight or lose yet another beloved crew.

Is this at all influenced by Kani-Kousen? {The Crab Boat}? It's a piece of communist propaganda basically and the story seems like an interesting subversion.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on January 07, 2011, 02:44:13 am
Never heard of it.  It was inspired by a crab fishing show I watched the other week.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Pæs on January 17, 2011, 11:28:46 am
Inspired by Cram's Trance Thief.
http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php?topic=26069.0

Dreams are a result of experiencing the mind's defragmentation. Beliefs, ideas and the relationships between them, patterns & triggers. A compressed and encoded symbolic representation of your memetic makeup. At the time of our story, it seems unlikely that any computer created in the foreseeable future will be capable of processing this data in any useful way, but anyone with the ability to read and write this information would gain incredible power over anyone they could use such a technique on. New relationships could be established. The links you have established between "fire" and "hot, burn, danger, bright" could be switched around. The rules you use to identify fire, rewritten.

It is possibile to stimulate a brain in such a way as to issue commands to it from a computer. The mind can be recognised as usable memory and its processing power harnessed for massive calculations, beyond the conscious power of the user. A nefarious organisation assembles a botnet of linked minds, using the spare processing power of any linked mind as a node in a massive network which collectively contribute to processing their data. Whenever the owner of the mind is daydreaming, watching television or otherwise not using their brain's full processing capacity, part of the work of this organisation is being run as a background process. Hundreds of thousands of vacant humans are part of this network. This is especially dangerous because the human brain is designed to process dream data. This hivemind is used to read the minds of influential people and make changes wherever they are commanded to.

Our hero discovers this diabolical plot and has to keep his mind constantly active, to prevent the memetic virus which has been transmitted to him from establishing itself and adding him to the thinktank. He spends the entire story trying to keep his mind occupied or otherwise unusable (LOLDRUGSLOL) and plots to bring down this terrible organisation by...
A) Not only defending the right to be wrong, but exercising it and flooding the network with corrupt data.
B) Pistols at dawn.
C) Hunting down and converting the supernodes responsible for the memetic maintenance of the elements of the network local to them. He has to be a badass at debate and get all Socratic method and abuse of logic on them until their heads explode or they agree with him and join his team.
D) Some other ridiculous bullshit.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on January 17, 2011, 02:16:50 pm
it's like a thinking man's Crank 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTmiGLsD_Qs)  :lol:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on January 17, 2011, 02:21:07 pm
A society where the liberals tend to be religious (fundamentalists perhaps) and the conservatives tend to be irreligious.
No doubt this is already written, but I've never read it.

Perhaps a world where Paul never wrote the epistles and gospels stood alone as the sole scripture of Christianity. So Christians would be all about re-distribution of wealth and social justice.

Or just one in which Nietzsche is popular.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on January 17, 2011, 06:43:15 pm
I was listening to the Dr. Horrible soundtrack and The Protomen recently, and the two made amazingly ugly love inside my head. 

(Note:  Most of my fiction will be about robots.  I'm aware of this trend, and can't really do much to change it.)

A female roboticist (Dr. Susan Calvin with some modern twists) finishes her doctoral thesis, the product of which is an android whose sole purpose is altruism.  Homo Altruis, she calls it.  The way it's incentivized to altruism is functionally similar to a drug addiction; It is emotionally dependent on good deeds for it's "fix".  It does a lot of minor stuff at first, but as the addiction grows, it starts needing stronger hits of good deeds to get happy, resulting in radical acts of heroism.  It becomes consumed with justice, and noticing that all these good deeds were indirectly caused by his creator, develops an unrequited love for her, which she is oblivious to.  Meanwhile she gets funding from a corporation to make something similar: An android who does heroic deeds for PR stunts.  The new model is more technically refined, with better funding, and lacks the behavioral quirks of the first.  It emulates what people think a hero should be.  A perfect thing.  Ideal.  Homo Altruis ignores him, but silently envies it's popularity.  He has an epiphany about his "drug" habit while helping a wino off the streets, and starts trying to quit his heroism addiction.  Old habits die hard though, and he botches some heroic efforts in half-hearted attempts.  The late model corporate hero steps in and pulls through for him.  Saving his ass just makes him more hateful though, and he eventually picks up an alter ego with which to antagonize the corporate hero.  He meets a roboticist who was his creator's rival, and learns to make himself more deadly.  As a last stand to defeat his nemesis, get the girl, and show how much better he is, he attacks an award ceremony, but accidentally kills his creator.  He permanently alters his appearance to look like his evil side, and in the ending scene, is building an army to destroy the corporation and it's hero. 

Throughout, there are hints that the corporation is actually quite benevolent for a profit maximizer, although is still a corporation.  Some parallels between recovering drug abusers and the Homo Altruis robot:  Slight cognitive malfunction, magical thinking, weird drug experiences, extreme beliefs, a slight craving jitter when he sees people who need saving, which is slightly creepy. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on January 19, 2011, 07:51:45 pm
Thinking about taking my last two robot story ideas, coming up with even more quick little stories like that, and writing a series of vignettes in the style of I, Robot.  Should I forsake this scheme, or go forward with this act of hubris?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on January 19, 2011, 07:52:48 pm
If you don't do it, then the robots win.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on January 19, 2011, 07:54:36 pm
Hmm.  Well, if the vignette idea fails maybe I can join them.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prince Glittersnatch III on January 22, 2011, 10:00:38 pm
Thinking about taking my last two robot story ideas, coming up with even more quick little stories like that, and writing a series of vignettes in the style of I, Robot.  Should I forsake this scheme, or go forward with this act of hubris?

Always trust your hubris.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on January 23, 2011, 02:48:05 am
Words to live by.  Been fleshing out the finer parts of the story recently.  Updates as I see fit. :)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on January 28, 2011, 11:23:39 pm
Alternate history original story idea: the Russian Revolution fails, only for proto-fascist Whites to come to power, slowly but steadily turning Imperial Russia into a Nazi Germany style state.

This one has great potential for affecting everything up to the present day in so many ways.  If you have the Spartacist uprising in Bavarian succeeding, you essentially have swapped Russia and Germany's places.  How does the Polish-Russian War of 1920-22 go down?  Since France played a large role in that war and was acting primarily against the USSR, it has no reason to get involved in this war.  In fact, the French may back the Whites against Poland.  Does the Entente Cordiale survive WWI?  How does Japan react to Russian militarism?  Etc etc

I had another great, and plausible, alternate history premise, but it escapes me currently.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on January 30, 2011, 10:05:52 am
I'm going to hammer this one out.

A man comes along to a very large friend of his in a bar, and manages to successfully pick up the woman the large man is hitting on. The man in question was friends with the larger guy when he was still overweight. Basically we follow the overweight guy befriending his old friend again, and changing his life around. The novel basically explores ideas of power, and articulates the mentality of power belonging to those who seize it, using sexual power as an allegory.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on February 14, 2011, 01:01:48 am
This one's slowly coming to me as I read 'The Art of Maurice Sednak; 1980 to the Present'.

A man comes home to find his girlfriend has left a trail of clothes leading him into the forest. He follows, but instead of just finding her, pursues his way through a fairy tale landscape of talking animals, fantastic adventures and Grimm/Shakespeare variety magical experiences.

I want the journey based on some kind of thematic structure though (eg, Hero's Journey, The Four Humours, Five stages of Grieving, The Eight possibilities of Myers-Briggs) and haven't worked out one I want to use.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on February 14, 2011, 01:23:44 am
Take any movie plotline about wisecracking CGI animals

but it's a live action movie
   and instead of actual animals, they're human beings in fursuits

trying to save the forest from being bulldozed or something





this might mash well with that last idea




Cram, are you familiar with Brechtian Theatre (As per Dogville?) Because this would be possible to do as Brechtian.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on February 14, 2011, 02:01:11 am
Business man Francoius Delacroix lives by the motto 'life is struggle'. When a contract, the result of 25 years hard work falls through, he resovles to kill himself. Instead thougfh, he finds that despite giving up hope and making no effort, the company just keeps going like before. He undergoes a dramatic change of personality, becoming a kind of absurdist happy go lucky slacker.

THEN his missing friend turns up, having discovered military secrets that could rock the world. He entrusts them to Francious, without knowing the dramatic personality change that has taken place.

Written in a kind of psuedo-European style.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 04, 2011, 10:38:59 pm
In [future year] a crack team of scientists working in the gastroenterology department of [medical corporation] create the first robot with genuine human intelligence and personality after misinterpreting their instructions to develop a "mechanical asshole"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 04, 2011, 10:46:11 pm
This one's slowly coming to me as I read 'The Art of Maurice Sednak; 1980 to the Present'.

A man comes home to find his girlfriend has left a trail of clothes leading him into the forest. He follows, but instead of just finding her, pursues his way through a fairy tale landscape of talking animals, fantastic adventures and Grimm/Shakespeare variety magical experiences.

I want the journey based on some kind of thematic structure though (eg, Hero's Journey, The Four Humours, Five stages of Grieving, The Eight possibilities of Myers-Briggs) and haven't worked out one I want to use.

How about the Marquis de Sade's 150 criminal passions from his notes for the forth section of unfinished magnum opus School of Licentiousness: The 120 Days of Sodom
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 04, 2011, 11:02:33 pm
This one's slowly coming to me as I read 'The Art of Maurice Sednak; 1980 to the Present'.

A man comes home to find his girlfriend has left a trail of clothes leading him into the forest. He follows, but instead of just finding her, pursues his way through a fairy tale landscape of talking animals, fantastic adventures and Grimm/Shakespeare variety magical experiences.

I want the journey based on some kind of thematic structure though (eg, Hero's Journey, The Four Humours, Five stages of Grieving, The Eight possibilities of Myers-Briggs) and haven't worked out one I want to use.

How about the Marquis de Sade's 150 criminal passions from his notes for the forth section of unfinished magnum opus School of Licentiousness: The 120 Days of Sodom

Or the seven deadly sins. Or the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Or The three domains/five kingdoms of living organisms. Or different major types of (potentially) pathogenic organisms (such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and prions). Or the Five Apostles of Discordianism. Or the eleven major holidays of Discordianism. Or different famous hotels on the Las Vegas strip. Or the four classical elements. Or the five Discordian elements..........
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 04, 2011, 11:32:21 pm
An idealistic 18 year old is called upon to undertake a hero's journey, learn to use his mystical powers, and save the world, but refuses on the grounds that "saving" the world would only be allowing the continuance of stagnated tradition and unacceptable status quo. 

That's actually kind of similar to an idea which I had:

Eris appears to some person and grants them fantastic super-powers, But there's a stipulation, they can't use their powers to help the less fortunate or to take over and/or destroy the world. So now you have this super-powered individual who is forbidden from becoming either a hero or a villian, or else they lose their powers.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 06, 2011, 02:31:44 am
A biography of the Beatles written in the tone and style of the Christian gospels (inspired by the incident in which John Lennon famously brought up the fact that the Beatles are bigger than Jesus)

Here's an excerpt of what I have so far:

Beatles 10:01 John Lennon and the Beatles went about preaching a gospel of peace and the renunciation of war unto the multitudes
Beatles 10:02 And the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?"
Beatles 10:03 He answereth and saith unto them, "He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath food, let him do likewise."
Beatles 10:04 Then came also tax-men to be baptized and said unto them "Masters, what shall we do?"
Beatles 10:05 And the Beatles replied "You who would tax the heat of the cold and the seats of the tired should do well to remember that money will not buy you love."
Beatles 10:06 And the soldiers likewise demanded of them, saying, "And what shall we do?"
Beatles 10:07 And they said unto them, "Do violence unto no man, neither accuse any falsely; and rather Give Peace a Chance."
Beatles 10:08 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not
Beatles 10:09 John replied "I am bigger than the christ”
Beatles 10:10 And all the Christians, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath
Beatles 10:11 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon the city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
Beatles 10:12 But he passed through their midst and departed


(BTW, Truth be told, i don't have any of the preceeding chapters written yet)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on March 06, 2011, 01:38:39 pm
This one's slowly coming to me as I read 'The Art of Maurice Sednak; 1980 to the Present'.

A man comes home to find his girlfriend has left a trail of clothes leading him into the forest. He follows, but instead of just finding her, pursues his way through a fairy tale landscape of talking animals, fantastic adventures and Grimm/Shakespeare variety magical experiences.

I want the journey based on some kind of thematic structure though (eg, Hero's Journey, The Four Humours, Five stages of Grieving, The Eight possibilities of Myers-Briggs) and haven't worked out one I want to use.

How about the Marquis de Sade's 150 criminal passions from his notes for the forth section of unfinished magnum opus School of Licentiousness: The 120 Days of Sodom

Or the seven deadly sins. Or the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Or The three domains/five kingdoms of living organisms. Or different major types of (potentially) pathogenic organisms (such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and prions). Or the Five Apostles of Discordianism. Or the eleven major holidays of Discordianism. Or different famous hotels on the Las Vegas strip. Or the four classical elements. Or the five Discordian elements..........

Yeah... All in good time. I've got four pots bubbling presently so I'll get onto this one later.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Gordon C on August 12, 2011, 04:13:45 am
The main principle of this story involves compumancy. That is, using a computer as a medium just like any medium:
Ouija board, tarot cards, throwing bones. Throwing bones like the Africans practiced to "predict the future" was a practice of using a chaotic medium such as randomness to bridge a gap between those who are living and the so-called dead.

A simple piece of cardboard with letters scribed on it and a cardboard planchette is as much as medium as anything else on the planet.

The accelerate factor is human interaction and observation. Science is observation. Instead of a few people placing their hands on a cardboard planchette, possibly a crowd-sourced "group" of people participate in this “virtual board" which produces thousands of words per second.

Elsewhere an internet entrepreneur invests in running huge amounts of computing power into contacting these so-called “signs of life” in other realms of reality, and it begins to show signs of interpreting white noise/randomness/chaos at a rate no human could possibly prevously attain:
Ouija boards working at 7 million cycles per second, RNGs actively spitting out numbers and letters.
Kind of like "SETI" but for different realms.
At first there are just small sentences, then they become more descriptive. Then there is some kind of a cutoff and the machine has stopped giving "good data".
Whatever voice on the other side has attempted to use it's enhanced ability to set words in type to write code, AI code which it intends to be the AI containment box it possesses.
Copyright Gordn C of this forum only.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on August 12, 2011, 11:26:47 am
In [future year] a crack team of scientists working in the gastroenterology department of [medical corporation] create the first robot with genuine human intelligence and personality after misinterpreting their instructions to develop a "mechanical asshole"

I was going to post this in High Weirdness or Scientism, but it's just as relevant here ...

http://scienceblog.com/46996/researchers-use-human-cells-to-engineer-functional-anal-sphincters-in-lab/
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Elder Iptuous on August 12, 2011, 07:26:51 pm
that.
is amazing.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on August 12, 2011, 08:11:38 pm
In [future year] a crack team of scientists working in the gastroenterology department of [medical corporation] create the first robot with genuine human intelligence and personality after misinterpreting their instructions to develop a "mechanical asshole"

I was going to post this in High Weirdness or Scientism, but it's just as relevant here ...

http://scienceblog.com/46996/researchers-use-human-cells-to-engineer-functional-anal-sphincters-in-lab/

Quote
Made from muscle and nerve cells, the sphincters developed a blood supply and maintained function when implanted in mice.

 :lol: :x :lol: :x :lol: :x :lol:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Elder Iptuous on August 12, 2011, 08:41:15 pm
also, i would like to point out the awesomeness of the term "native sphincters"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on August 12, 2011, 09:02:34 pm
also, i would like to point out the awesomeness of the term "native sphincters"

Oh, wow.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on August 13, 2011, 12:14:14 am
Ok, here's another idea that relates to the Cthulhu Mythos. A sequel to the events in the stories pickman's Model

In a recent Lovecraft Mythos compilation, Black Wings, there was a sequel to Pickman's Model which was very good.  In fact, I found myself thinking about the ending when walking to work one night...I think I arrived a good five minutes earlier than normal.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 22, 2011, 09:47:02 pm
A biography of the Beatles written in the tone and style of the Christian gospels (inspired by the incident in which John Lennon famously brought up the fact that the Beatles are bigger than Jesus)

Here's an excerpt of what I have so far:

Beatles 10:01 John Lennon and the Beatles went about preaching a gospel of peace and the renunciation of war unto the multitudes
Beatles 10:02 And the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?"
Beatles 10:03 He answereth and saith unto them, "He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath food, let him do likewise."
Beatles 10:04 Then came also tax-men to be baptized and said unto them "Masters, what shall we do?"
Beatles 10:05 And the Beatles replied "You who would tax the heat of the cold and the seats of the tired should do well to remember that money will not buy you love."
Beatles 10:06 And the soldiers likewise demanded of them, saying, "And what shall we do?"
Beatles 10:07 And they said unto them, "Do violence unto no man, neither accuse any falsely; and rather Give Peace a Chance."
Beatles 10:08 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not
Beatles 10:09 John replied "I am bigger than the christ”
Beatles 10:10 And all the Christians, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath
Beatles 10:11 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon the city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
Beatles 10:12 But he passed through their midst and departed

This segment I've written is all based on actual bible passages, BTW (For example, IIRC, Beatles 10:08 is stolen verbatim from Luke 3:15)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 30, 2011, 05:21:19 am
A comic featuring a superhero with all the superpowers of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (divine healing powers, invulnerability, finds pimping easy, political cronyism, etc.)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 30, 2011, 05:48:55 am
also, i would like to point out the awesomeness of the term "native sphincters"

You know, "The Native Sphincters" would be an awesome name for a heavy-metal band...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 30, 2011, 06:32:25 am
A furry porn story in which the sexual anatomy and turn-ons of the characters are all accurate, from a zoological standpoint, for their respective species; All characters involved are species with radically different anatomy and courtship rituals than humans (such as frogs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amplexus), or songbirds (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloacal_kiss#Birds), spotted hyenas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudopenis), or praying mantises (http://www.sofurry.com/page/52930/user))
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 01, 2011, 05:50:23 am
Cyberpunk story based on Lord of the Rings. The Dark lord is defeated but uploads his consciousness into a computer network and locks down his HQ with a seemingly impenetrable auto-defense system. His old laptop holds A customized USB peripheral (which is primarily just a flash drive, but has some unique security measures built into it) holds the key to deactivating him once and for all by containing the code sequence for activating his HQ's autodestruct sequence and destroying the primary server that houses most of his mind, however, it also contains the codes and code-cracking programs that would allow him to deactivate certain failsafes in government computers sieze complete control of the world; The computer's encryption system utilizes quantum entanglement so that none of these measures can be implemented unless the device is connected to a specific computer. Via his infiltration of the world's security systems the dark hacker-lord learns of plans to deactivate him and arranges to have his device delivered to him on his own terms. Blah blah blah, etc etc etc.

I got the idea for this while listening to the song Electric Eye by Judas Priest
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 01, 2011, 06:18:49 am
Fake "lost chapter" of la Divina Comedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy) in which Dante encounters Ariadne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariadne#Minos_and_Theseus) frozen up to her neck in the ice of Caina (http://danteworlds.laits.utexas.edu/circle9.html), where, under Dante's system of punishments, she logically belongs for betraying her half-brother (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minotaur).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 02, 2011, 03:27:00 am
My Little Pony fanfiction set in a chiche evil mirror universe setting where Nightmare Moon is in charge, Twilight Sparkle's reports are on the subject of 'why it is better to be feared than to be loved' instead of 'the magic of friendship', and eventually everyone gets made into glue.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on September 02, 2011, 11:37:59 am
My Little Pony fanfiction set in a chiche evil mirror universe setting where Nightmare Moon is in charge, Twilight Sparkle's reports are on the subject of 'why it is better to be feared than to be loved' instead of 'the magic of friendship', and eventually everyone gets made into glue.

hey you wanted us to ignore it in the other thread, so maybe just keep your MLP fetish to /r/clopclop eh?

srsly what makes you think anybody cares what you fap to?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Lenin McCarthy on September 02, 2011, 12:44:42 pm
I really want to write an account of how Norway responded to the horrible Islamist terror attacks on 22 July 2011 with "more democracy and more openness".
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 02, 2011, 04:43:58 pm
My Little Pony fanfiction set in a chiche evil mirror universe setting where Nightmare Moon is in charge, Twilight Sparkle's reports are on the subject of 'why it is better to be feared than to be loved' instead of 'the magic of friendship', and eventually everyone gets made into glue.

hey you wanted us to ignore it in the other thread, so maybe just keep your MLP fetish to /r/clopclop eh?

srsly what makes you think anybody cares what you fap to?

This wasn't a suggestion for a clopfic, this was a suggestion for a non-sexual fanfic set in a dystopian toltalitarian regime and in which everybody eventually gets killed. The idea that it would be funny for My Little Pony characters to get turned into glue is one that I hit upon before the current fad started, and the idea of Nightmare Moon/Princess Luna running a toltalitarian regime is satirical and came from the realization that most of the advice in in Principe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince) could apply to princesses just as easily as it can to princes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on September 02, 2011, 05:05:53 pm
Ah yeah, of course you're right, very different thing. No idea why your story idea reminded me of that thing you wanted us to ignore and forget about :roll:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on September 02, 2011, 06:18:57 pm
I really want to write an account of how Norway responded to the horrible Islamist terror attacks on 22 July 2011 with "more democracy and more openness".

I am shocked that this is not the case.  Shocked, I tell you.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on September 05, 2011, 02:22:56 pm
Work focussing on characters in London with backdrop of the riots, in a disconnected, calm tone about the complexity of different situations.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 10, 2011, 02:54:42 am
-A cyberpunk retelling of the Christian gospels in which Saint Paul is a spambot that has somehow gained sentience.

-A combination of the plot of the cartoon show Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends from Cartoon Network, and plot of the short stroy The Circular Ruins by Argentenian science fiction writer Jorge Borges. (this makes sense if you're familiar with the premises of these works, which both involve the creation of living creatures through sheer force of will and power of imagination and which I would like to link together using that common thread as a jumping-off point)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on September 26, 2011, 10:53:56 am
Inspired by the latest Skilluminati post (on James Angleton):

In the late 1940s, while trudging through files and testimonies of Nazis, the KGB discover evidence of the collusion of Allen Dulles and his cronies in the financing of the Nazis.

Using this information, the KGB manage to compromise the Director of the CIA.  He sets the Counterintelligence Desk on wild goose chases, looking for moles and infiltrators everywhere.

Only, someone within Angleton's secret CI team, the Special Investigation Loop, starts to suspect something is not right...

(of course, the most interesting thing about this, as a story, is that it is entirely possible, given Dulles allegedly did help the Nazi regime, that Angleton apparently got his job as CI chief because he wouldn't polygraph Dulles and his closest allies and that for years there was hints of a mole somewhere near the very top of at least one of the NATO alliance intelligence services).

Edit: you could also do more updated versions of this, with an alliance with Al-Qaeda standing in etc but I think nothing quite beats the Cold War for that good old time feeling of paranoia.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 20, 2011, 01:20:56 am
A story following the life of a member of a boy band in the distant dystopian future. The protagonist is, as I said, a member of a boy band and is among the latest in one of a handful of lines of  genetic clones created by the RIAA specifically for the purpose of staffing boy bands. In fact, the lead singer of a different boy band is part of the same line and physically and genetically identical to him; this fact does not prevent fans of both bands from debating on which of them is hotter.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 15, 2011, 06:20:11 am
How about something similar to L'ecole du Libertinage by The Most Honorable Marquis De Sade, but exploring one of the other deadly sins, other than lust. Maybe gluttony, or wrath.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Slurrealist on December 18, 2011, 07:27:37 pm
What if some cult develops a protein that activates the higher circuits of the human population, and let it roam free through the world?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on December 19, 2011, 01:56:41 am
Then humanity will die of Terminal Mindwank Hernia, Hate-gland Aneurysm and Fuckingwithpeople Deficiency Induced Boredom Syndrome, in various proportions.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 19, 2011, 05:51:38 am
Then humanity will die of Terminal Mindwank Hernia, Hate-gland Aneurysm and Fuckingwithpeople Deficiency Induced Boredom Syndrome, in various proportions.

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on December 19, 2011, 01:13:02 pm
A freak electrical storm wreaks havoc and destroys the internet. Millions of Americans are left to be faced with a world without singing cat videos and butt porn.  Tensions mount as withdrawal kicks in.  And then, one little boy discovers a treasure from the ancient world when people used to play outside and communicate with each other face-to-face with vocalized words.  It's a frisbee. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on December 20, 2011, 01:13:40 am
Tell us more about this "butt porn".
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: MMMW on January 09, 2012, 05:01:07 am
Psychonauts of NASA’s inner-space program plant an American flag in an alternate dimension already inhabited by aliens.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on February 02, 2012, 02:16:13 pm
A young Iranian nuclear physicist helps to build an unstable particle accelerator, which goes haywire and generates a wormhole that sucks him in. The story alternates between his pulp sci-fi style romp through an alternate universe and the increasingly desperate situation for his wife back home. As he's dying of apparent old age, the trappings of his story fall apart and he's left completely alone in the void. He recalls a discussion he had with his wife on information loss, and how the narrative of his experience will vanish with him.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Jasper on February 02, 2012, 03:40:29 pm
Psychonauts of NASA’s inner-space program plant an American flag in an alternate dimension already inhabited by aliens.

That's pretty cool!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Placid Dingo on February 03, 2012, 04:27:41 am
A young Iranian nuclear physicist helps to build an unstable particle accelerator, which goes haywire and generates a wormhole that sucks him in. The story alternates between his pulp sci-fi style romp through an alternate universe and the increasingly desperate situation for his wife back home. As he's dying of apparent old age, the trappings of his story fall apart and he's left completely alone in the void. He recalls a discussion he had with his wife on information loss, and how the narrative of his experience will vanish with him.

Write that thing!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on February 03, 2012, 02:46:09 pm
A young Iranian nuclear physicist helps to build an unstable particle accelerator, which goes haywire and generates a wormhole that sucks him in. The story alternates between his pulp sci-fi style romp through an alternate universe and the increasingly desperate situation for his wife back home. As he's dying of apparent old age, the trappings of his story fall apart and he's left completely alone in the void. He recalls a discussion he had with his wife on information loss, and how the narrative of his experience will vanish with him.

Write that thing!
I started it, but it kind of petered out. It's hard to find folks from Iran that are willing to act as cultural consultants for these kind of things.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Half-Eaten Waffle on February 14, 2012, 07:55:32 am
An out-of-work Private Detective decides to go sleuthing in his own whisky-marinated mind.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 16, 2012, 10:18:03 pm
A freak electrical storm wreaks havoc and destroys the internet. Millions of Americans are left to be faced with a world without singing cat videos and butt porn.  Tensions mount as withdrawal kicks in.  And then, one little boy discovers a treasure from the ancient world when people used to play outside and communicate with each other face-to-face with vocalized words.  It's a frisbee.

Replace internet with calculators and my dad wrote this story in fifth grade.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Oysters Rockefeller on February 17, 2012, 01:16:00 am
A couple days in the life of a guy whose job it is to clean up suicides as quickly as possible, in a world where it's considered standard to take ridiculous amounts of anti-depressants. I imagine he'd not be taking them, just to create a character the reader can put themselves in the shoes of. I like to think it'd be a dark comedy/ satire about how people tend to look at life through a social lens, instead of accepting life as it is.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 17, 2012, 01:40:18 am
Some large (double-digit) percentage of people who experience free fall outside of the ionosphere later have an intense revelatory experience. Commercial space tourism companies pop up and produce a steady stream of exceedingly wealthy cult leaders. Governments later begin using this to discredit people they don't like, sending them free tickets to space knowing that they are likely to come down acting entirely nuts (the way the CIA occasionally doped people with LSD to discredit them during the good old days of MK-ULTRA). Some of the cult leaders get their act together enough to organize and oppose space travel.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Oysters Rockefeller on February 17, 2012, 02:14:24 am
Some large (double-digit) percentage of people who experience free fall outside of the ionosphere later have an intense revelatory experience. Commercial space tourism companies pop up and produce a steady stream of exceedingly wealthy cult leaders. Governments later begin using this to discredit people they don't like, sending them free tickets to space knowing that they are likely to come down acting entirely nuts (the way the CIA occasionally doped people with LSD to discredit them during the good old days of MK-ULTRA). Some of the cult leaders get their act together enough to organize and oppose space travel.

I kind of love that idea.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 18, 2012, 03:49:48 pm
Some large (double-digit) percentage of people who experience free fall outside of the ionosphere later have an intense revelatory experience. Commercial space tourism companies pop up and produce a steady stream of exceedingly wealthy cult leaders. Governments later begin using this to discredit people they don't like, sending them free tickets to space knowing that they are likely to come down acting entirely nuts (the way the CIA occasionally doped people with LSD to discredit them during the good old days of MK-ULTRA). Some of the cult leaders get their act together enough to organize and oppose space travel.

I kind of love that idea.
It's yours.

Here are a few more:

1) McLuhan had a theory of hot and cool media. The distinction is that hot media tells you what to think (and is therefore non-interactive) whereas cool media means nothing until you think about it (and therefore requires effort on the part of the consumer). McLuhan believed that cool media cools down political unrest by giving a built-in release valve for the need to engage in action, whereas he thought hot media countered apathy. Story: The BBC (who broadcasts in a wide variety of places) has a computerized system using this model of the interaction between political activism and media coolness to regulate the global political situation through the mechanism of changing the vagueness of scripts in BBC newscasts (the news in a place with riots in the streets resembles Finnegan's Wake, being incomprehensible enough that some effort otherwise directed toward activism is directed instead toward figuring out what the news means, while a place where the economy needs stimulation the news will be limited to precise and low-information newscasts). This works wonders for a while, until riots start in London and it is discovered that the system does not take into account the feedback loop between the writers of the original scripts and the newscasters.

2) Some popular children's film from the 70s was actually intended as part of an experimental 'manchurian candidate' program for MK-Ultra. The MK-Ultra trials began and everyone from the CIA was pulled off the project, documentation destroyed. The original intent was to pull distribution of the film at the last minute, and to have the description of the intended target be something no human could be mistaken for (so that this would not lead to accidental killings). Instead, the film was released and was a runaway hit, several generations of children watching it quite often. A peaceful alien race makes first contact with humanity, but by chance corresponds to the description of the 'target'. The visitors must be protected from the trained killers of all ages.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on February 20, 2012, 09:41:15 pm
1) McLuhan had a theory of hot and cool media. The distinction is that hot media tells you what to think (and is therefore non-interactive) whereas cool media means nothing until you think about it (and therefore requires effort on the part of the consumer). McLuhan believed that cool media cools down political unrest by giving a built-in release valve for the need to engage in action, whereas he thought hot media countered apathy.

Ahhh! I was JUST trying to explain the concept of hot vs cool media, and I got totally confused trying to explain why radio is hot while TV is cool. (still a little fuzzy, but it's coming into focus) That was a far more lucid and concise description than any of the McLuhan I've read! Thanks!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 20, 2012, 10:12:09 pm
McLuhan isn't very good at being clear. If I'm charitable, I'll chalk it up to trying to cool down his books (which are in the typically very hot medium of print -- hot because of uniformly spaced rows of uniform type whose characters are uniform and fairly uniformly correspond to fairly uniform groups of sounds)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on February 21, 2012, 10:22:42 pm
1) McLuhan had a theory of hot and cool media. The distinction is that hot media tells you what to think (and is therefore non-interactive) whereas cool media means nothing until you think about it (and therefore requires effort on the part of the consumer). McLuhan believed that cool media cools down political unrest by giving a built-in release valve for the need to engage in action, whereas he thought hot media countered apathy.

Ahhh! I was JUST trying to explain the concept of hot vs cool media, and I got totally confused trying to explain why radio is hot while TV is cool. (still a little fuzzy, but it's coming into focus) That was a far more lucid and concise description than any of the McLuhan I've read! Thanks!

This is VERY interesting! Where can I read more about this?

And I don't get how a TV is cold but a radio is hot? I'd say they're both hot because of non interactive? But the Internet is cool, sometimes, and a study book is cool, and maybe non-fiction is too. Or am I missing the point here?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 22, 2012, 05:40:34 pm
And I don't get how a TV is cold but a radio is hot?
I think when McLuhan talked about TV he visualized a fuzzy black and white screen the size of a pop tart in a piece of wooden furniture the size of a fridge. After all, he said (in Understanding Media) that TV killed the comic book because of how much less detailed the image was! (Fun fact: McLuhan also may have invented the first remote control, because he took the line to the speaker assembly in his television and extended it out to a lightswitch in his arm chair, which he used to mute commercials in the 50s and 60s.)

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I'd say they're both hot because of non interactive? But the Internet is cool, sometimes, and a study book is cool, and maybe non-fiction is too. Or am I missing the point here?
When McLuhan says interactive he doesn't necessarily mean it as strongly as we do. We think of something with one volley (someone says something to me and I respond) as un-interactive, but he uses it to distinguish it from passive (a half volley: someone says something to me and I accept it). Something that you can interact with for many volleys (like a video game) is much cooler regardless of its information level, which may be related to why he associates 'coolness' with 'tactility' (touching is manipulation, and manipulation is immediate simultaneous bidirectional interactivity). He tries to contrast all of this with print, because the capital-L Literate man (who I think of as the stereotype Pompous Brit, but may also be visualized as the stereotype Bureaucratic Frenchman or any other figure who blindly colors in the lines -- grayface march-in-lines obey-the-natural-order cut-france-into-equal-squares type) can read something without being affected by it in the least.

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Where can I read more about this?
Pretty much anything McLuhan has written after The Mechanical Bride is about this at least in part. He's incredibly vague, though, and borderline incomprehensible much of the time. Probably the best way to get more information about it is by reading The Gutenberg Galaxy and then reading Understanding Media. If you are inclined to, please do -- it's kind of awkward to feel like resident McLuhan expert. I feel like he's going to come out from under a desk and accuse me of negating his whole fallacy!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on February 22, 2012, 08:22:16 pm
Talking beavers hijack an OB/GYN convention and show them the error of their ways. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on February 22, 2012, 08:25:39 pm
Robot Ron Paul from the future secretly replaces the real Ron Paul and convinces his legions of followers to divest in gold and invest in yttrium.  Hilarity ensues. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on February 22, 2012, 08:38:09 pm
Sentient toothpicks wage war against housewives everywhere.  Hilarity ensues. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on February 23, 2012, 10:32:31 am
Talking beavers hijack an OB/GYN convention and show them the error of their ways.

I'd like this one better if hilarity would also ensue, can you do that?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on February 23, 2012, 10:56:18 am
It was implied, beavers are crafty like that. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on February 23, 2012, 11:01:55 am
In this knee-slapping rom-com, former President Bill Clinton goes on a cross-country road-trip adventure with Snooki, Kim Kardashian, and Dr. Ruth.  Hillary ensues. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Triple Zero on February 23, 2012, 11:54:48 am
In this knee-slapping rom-com, former President Bill Clinton goes on a cross-country road-trip adventure with Snooki, Kim Kardashian, and Dr. Ruth.  Hillary ensues.

:mittens:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Half-Eaten Waffle on March 15, 2012, 11:12:25 am
John Milton, Charles Baudelaire, William Blake and Halle Berry are kidnapped by time traveling producers and are forced to create shot for shot remakes of every movie John Candy was in.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 15, 2012, 03:37:58 am
-An exploration of the big unanswered question raised by hentai tentacle-penis monsters, namely "What do the FEMALES look like?"

-A series of pastiches of "The 120 Days of Sodom" dealing with the other six deadly sins other than lust.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Half-Eaten Waffle on June 15, 2012, 01:45:35 pm
The sordid day-to-day details of four crabs living in Mitt Romney's pubes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Faust on December 28, 2012, 02:42:27 pm
A serial killer who leaves a Big mouth Billy Bass at the scene of the crime.
Each song is a clue to his location.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 28, 2012, 04:29:53 pm
In the wake of the experimental detonation of a biological weapon that converts all water into sugar water, severely diabetic survivalists must re-build society.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on December 28, 2012, 04:34:20 pm
Aliens invade, for the purpose of using us as cheap drugs.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Half-Eaten Waffle on January 21, 2013, 12:20:39 pm
Esoteric Hitlerists summon up Aryan Lovecraftian Eldritch gods and usher in a Fourth Reich
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: McGrupp on March 04, 2013, 05:06:31 pm
Humans make first contact with an alien species that considers respiration and sweating a form of excretion.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Faust on March 04, 2013, 05:19:47 pm
Ayn Rands Solid Gold Coffin is dredged from the sea bed by reckless looters, unleashing unnameable horrors upon the world, only a hard-working entrepreneur and a Mayan prophecy have any hope of  defeating her demons and stopping her resurrection.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: McGrupp on March 07, 2013, 05:04:06 am
Benedictine monk held at gunpoint and forced to write 6000 pages of erotic Mr Belvedere fanfiction.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on March 07, 2013, 07:53:37 pm
Benedictine monk held at gunpoint and forced to write 6000 pages of erotic Mr Belvedere fanfiction.

I like this because you know that would be damn good fanfiction.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: McGrupp on March 10, 2013, 05:28:38 am
The Kabbalah Tree of Life explained using only references to Mega Man bosses.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 10, 2013, 07:29:36 pm
Someone posts a thread called "News stories that alter their own narrative structure", containing a story about a Florida Man doing something. This story is a memetic infovore: it eats information out of the brains of the readers, then shits out new information, and because it is capital-N news it is absolutely true (of course), and so it modifies reality. A group of quants working for an obscure mutual fund firm decide to study it, in order to make money off it. David Silver, while analyzing patterns in vowel frequency of twitter traffic, determines that there is an 85% chance that this will totally modify reality in the general vicinity and social network of everyone currently actively or passively involved with the stock market, and so he must team up with Vladmir Putin and Emeritus Pope Karl Ratzinger to break the administrator password of PD in order to delete the thread before reality breaks.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Bu☆ns on March 11, 2013, 04:32:59 am
Someone posts a thread called "News stories that alter their own narrative structure", containing a story about a Florida Man doing something. This story is a memetic infovore: it eats information out of the brains of the readers, then shits out new information, and because it is capital-N news it is absolutely true (of course), and so it modifies reality. A group of quants working for an obscure mutual fund firm decide to study it, in order to make money off it. David Silver, while analyzing patterns in vowel frequency of twitter traffic, determines that there is an 85% chance that this will totally modify reality in the general vicinity and social network of everyone currently actively or passively involved with the stock market, and so he must team up with Vladmir Putin and Emeritus Pope Karl Ratzinger to break the administrator password of PD in order to delete the thread before reality breaks.

So this is what happens when you combine Bitter Seeds and Oliver Sacks' Hallucinations
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 12, 2013, 02:11:52 am
Someone posts a thread called "News stories that alter their own narrative structure", containing a story about a Florida Man doing something. This story is a memetic infovore: it eats information out of the brains of the readers, then shits out new information, and because it is capital-N news it is absolutely true (of course), and so it modifies reality. A group of quants working for an obscure mutual fund firm decide to study it, in order to make money off it. David Silver, while analyzing patterns in vowel frequency of twitter traffic, determines that there is an 85% chance that this will totally modify reality in the general vicinity and social network of everyone currently actively or passively involved with the stock market, and so he must team up with Vladmir Putin and Emeritus Pope Karl Ratzinger to break the administrator password of PD in order to delete the thread before reality breaks.

So this is what happens when you combine Bitter Seeds and Oliver Sacks' Hallucinations

I was also reading about Roko's Basilisk.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on March 12, 2013, 03:30:52 am
A pharmacist, tired of his dead end life, takes off with his dog in a VW bus on a quest to see if he can write himself a new script.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Bu☆ns on March 12, 2013, 06:41:05 am
Someone posts a thread called "News stories that alter their own narrative structure", containing a story about a Florida Man doing something. This story is a memetic infovore: it eats information out of the brains of the readers, then shits out new information, and because it is capital-N news it is absolutely true (of course), and so it modifies reality. A group of quants working for an obscure mutual fund firm decide to study it, in order to make money off it. David Silver, while analyzing patterns in vowel frequency of twitter traffic, determines that there is an 85% chance that this will totally modify reality in the general vicinity and social network of everyone currently actively or passively involved with the stock market, and so he must team up with Vladmir Putin and Emeritus Pope Karl Ratzinger to break the administrator password of PD in order to delete the thread before reality breaks.

So this is what happens when you combine Bitter Seeds and Oliver Sacks' Hallucinations

I was also reading about Roko's Basilisk.

c'mon man I just go finished with  therapy...  :argh!:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on March 21, 2013, 12:24:58 pm
Giant squid are mankind's protector against the evil creatures who want to destroy terrestrial life. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on March 22, 2013, 02:55:55 am
Giant squid are mankind's protector against the evil creatures who want to destroy terrestrial life. 

Entire story takes place in a sushi bar over a plate of calamari.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Lenin McCarthy on April 02, 2013, 10:58:20 am
Not too weird, but an idea I'm going to explore a bit more in depth:

An alternate historical novel in which Norway's communists turn violent in reaction to state repression and King Haakon's refusal to cooperate with them (he famously said "I am also King of the communists," in this story he does not). With bases deep in the thick forests of Eastern Norway, the communists wage guerrilla war against the central government. The story follows some young communists, torn between youthful idealism and disillusionment in the face of the brutality of war.

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on April 25, 2013, 03:25:20 pm
I had a dream last night, half remembered, which has this premise:

The universe, at a sub-quantum level, behaves in accordance with semantic rules.

So in addition to cheating, Universe like playing word games.  Which means Cunning Linguists rule the earth.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on April 29, 2013, 12:57:46 am
I had a dream last night, half remembered, which has this premise:

The universe, at a sub-quantum level, behaves in accordance with semantic rules.

So in addition to cheating, Universe like playing word games.  Which means Punners rule the earth.


Fixed that for you.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Lenin McCarthy on May 01, 2013, 01:36:30 am
One day in each of the lives of Ivan Denisovich's cat.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on May 02, 2013, 04:56:34 am
In a world, where one man dared to dream, there was a boy, who could never get to sleep.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: AFK on May 02, 2013, 05:03:45 am
In a world, where pets use computers, there is a dog, who's byte is worse than his bark.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on May 02, 2013, 11:51:09 am
The Dark Side of Oz is actually a still-classified part of the now defunct MK-ULTRA system, with a generational release. The first generation has been (fairly grossly) programmed to merely subliminally brainwash their children and grandchildren, who (if they watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to the Dark Side of the Moon and smoking just the right strain of pot) will have latent behaviors triggered. However, the latent behaviors were actually decided upon by a visiting extraterrestrial ambassador, who liked it so much here that he disguised himself, became a permanent resident, and changed his name to David Bowie. Now, with the at-risk generation just discovering marijuana, Bowie must undo his past mistakes and prevent the latent programming from being triggered -- and to do this, he must uncover his true form, and allow his firey wings to sprout again.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on May 02, 2013, 11:57:32 am
 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Faust on May 02, 2013, 12:06:25 pm
The Dark Side of Oz is actually a still-classified part of the now defunct MK-ULTRA system, with a generational release. The first generation has been (fairly grossly) programmed to merely subliminally brainwash their children and grandchildren, who (if they watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to the Dark Side of the Moon and smoking just the right strain of pot) will have latent behaviors triggered. However, the latent behaviors were actually decided upon by a visiting extraterrestrial ambassador, who liked it so much here that he disguised himself, became a permanent resident, and changed his name to David Bowie. Now, with the at-risk generation just discovering marijuana, Bowie must undo his past mistakes and prevent the latent programming from being triggered -- and to do this, he must uncover his true form, and allow his firey wings to sprout again.

You write it, I'll buy it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Half-Eaten Waffle on May 02, 2013, 05:20:44 pm
 :lulz:

I'd buy the SHIT out of that book.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on May 02, 2013, 05:35:20 pm
The Dark Side of Oz is actually a still-classified part of the now defunct MK-ULTRA system, with a generational release. The first generation has been (fairly grossly) programmed to merely subliminally brainwash their children and grandchildren, who (if they watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to the Dark Side of the Moon and smoking just the right strain of pot) will have latent behaviors triggered. However, the latent behaviors were actually decided upon by a visiting extraterrestrial ambassador, who liked it so much here that he disguised himself, became a permanent resident, and changed his name to David Bowie. Now, with the at-risk generation just discovering marijuana, Bowie must undo his past mistakes and prevent the latent programming from being triggered -- and to do this, he must uncover his true form, and allow his firey wings to sprout again.

:spittake:

PURE GENIUS!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on May 04, 2013, 12:54:43 am
:lulz:

I'd buy the SHIT out of that book.

That was going to be part of the backstory of a crazy conspiracy theorist fence guy in my cyberpunk novel that I stopped writing last year.

(He believes this to be true, and so he spends all his time hooked up to EEG machines in the back room of an abandoned warehouse, watching the wizard of oz on twelve large television screens, each at a different point in the film, on loops. He lives with his step-sister, whose parents were part of a transhumanist suicide/upload cult, and whose birth name is Cathryn Teleprompter. I stopped writing when I realized that their story was more interesting than the main plot.)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on May 26, 2013, 12:51:47 am
A deconstruction of the current semiotic signals for quirkiness -- Stepford Wives for the ukeleles-and-unicycles set.

Start off with standard romantic-dramedy setting, casting Michael Cera as the lead. Slowly warp the signals until it is clear that Michael Cera's character is in fact a remote control automaton created by some shady private organization as an agent-provacateur for infiltrating social groups, in order to insert advertisements into random conversations. Big reveal: the social group Robo-Cera is sent to infiltrate is in fact composed entirely of other automatons created by competing marketing firms.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Faust on June 12, 2013, 02:16:45 pm
Screenplay for a movie.

A semi biographical story about how Brian Blessed and luciano pavarotti were twins separated at birth. Then when this gag runs thin the rest is a plagiarism of the talented Mr Ripely.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Lenin McCarthy on June 16, 2013, 12:11:08 am
An unsuspecting individual is arrested and brutally interrogated with questions about Georg Cantor for all eternity
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Left on June 16, 2013, 12:54:25 am
Short story:
A talented jazz musician is kidnapped and held captive
He is forced into making muzak 12 hours a day.

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 16, 2013, 03:34:55 am
An unsuspecting individual is arrested and brutally interrogated with questions about Georg Cantor for all eternity
An unsuspecting individual is imprisoned until he proves or disproves the generalized continuity conjecture. He is not given a keyboard capable of typing aleph.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 13, 2013, 05:26:07 am
A horror movie that keeps reversing itself and escalating.

For example, a crazy cult that controls some backwater village kidnaps a group of travelers intending to sacrifice them to ensure a good harvest, but the last victim manages to escape and goes on a vengeful killing spree, slaughtering every person that they come across and also spitefully making a point of burning the village's crops. He chases some villagers all the way to an abandoned ghost town several miles away where they take refuge in an abandoned research lab or military base or something and are turned into zombies by some forgotten experiment. They kill their pursuer and turn him into a zombie as well, then wander off in search or more prey; some wander back to the backwater village, some wind up in the other populated areas, and in any case a major zombie outbreak begins. This eventually forces the government to nuke the entire area, which of course wakes up some sleeping kaiju.... (and so forth)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Pæs on October 13, 2013, 05:38:32 am
If only people had listened to homoeopaths, the killings could have been averted. Water has a memory and it doesn't forgive easily.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Signora Pæsior on October 13, 2013, 05:46:28 am
If only people had listened to homoeopaths, the killings could have been averted. Water has a memory and it doesn't forgive easily.

STARRING JASON STATHAM.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 13, 2013, 05:59:47 am
The trials and tribulations of a transsexual who identifies as Mating Type - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isogamy) rather than male or female.

double post
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 13, 2013, 06:01:02 am
The trials and tribulations of a transsexual who identifies as Mating Type - (Minus) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isogamy) rather than male or female.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 13, 2013, 07:51:04 am
Festive stories for unpopular holidays, such as How the DEA Stole Bicycle Day
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 14, 2013, 05:22:46 pm
The story of a man who survives some traumatic event and lives to a ripe old age, seeing the atrocities he survived become increasingly trivialized and eventually become a tourist attraction (and being forced by circumstance to contribute to its trivialization). He ends up getting rich off bobblehead figurines of the lunatic cult leader who murdered his whole family in front of him in cold blood.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Reginald Ret on October 17, 2013, 12:29:35 pm
A horror movie that keeps reversing itself and escalating.

For example, a crazy cult that controls some backwater village kidnaps a group of travelers intending to sacrifice them to ensure a good harvest, but the last victim manages to escape and goes on a vengeful killing spree, slaughtering every person that they come across and also spitefully making a point of burning the village's crops. He chases some villagers all the way to an abandoned ghost town several miles away where they take refuge in an abandoned research lab or military base or something and are turned into zombies by some forgotten experiment. They kill their pursuer and turn him into a zombie as well, then wander off in search or more prey; some wander back to the backwater village, some wind up in the other populated areas, and in any case a major zombie outbreak begins. This eventually forces the government to nuke the entire area, which of course wakes up some sleeping kaiju.... (and so forth)
Hah, that is great!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 17, 2013, 08:30:20 pm
A horror movie that keeps reversing itself and escalating.

For example, a crazy cult that controls some backwater village kidnaps a group of travelers intending to sacrifice them to ensure a good harvest, but the last victim manages to escape and goes on a vengeful killing spree, slaughtering every person that they come across and also spitefully making a point of burning the village's crops. He chases some villagers all the way to an abandoned ghost town several miles away where they take refuge in an abandoned research lab or military base or something and are turned into zombies by some forgotten experiment. They kill their pursuer and turn him into a zombie as well, then wander off in search or more prey; some wander back to the backwater village, some wind up in the other populated areas, and in any case a major zombie outbreak begins. This eventually forces the government to nuke the entire area, which of course wakes up some sleeping kaiju.... (and so forth)
Hah, that is great!

Thank you.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 28, 2013, 02:26:52 am
An educational book that uses the Cthulhu Mythos and the haunted locations associated with it to teach the reader about Riemannian and Lobachevskian geometry.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 29, 2013, 07:05:49 pm
An Englishman or other European is turned into a vampire but, due to a preexisting fondness for black pudding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pudding), is completely unaware of it until he takes a trip to the United States, where black pudding is hard to find.

EIDT: EDIT:
For clarification he works the night shift so the sun isn't usually an issue either.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 14, 2013, 04:37:26 am
-Fantasy adventure centering on conflict of regular elves against dark elves. The customs, practices, and traditions of the regular elves gradually begin to bear a closer and closer and grimmer and grimmer resemblance to those of the Ku Klux Klan as the novel progresses.

-Animes like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Beyblade deconstructed with an anime series where everyone in the world is bizarrely obsessed with Rock-Paper-Scissors, or Tic-Tac-Toe or something
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on November 14, 2013, 02:57:23 pm
An elite unite of time travelers are sent from the far future to talk with and potentially transport key cultural icons from the past who are psychologically capable of handling the shock. The future, you see, is in dire need of a fresh injection of humanity to go with its technological accomplishments.

All of the operatives are old women.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 15, 2013, 01:10:36 pm
-Animes like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Beyblade deconstructed with an anime series where everyone in the world is bizarrely obsessed with Rock-Paper-Scissors, or Tic-Tac-Toe or something
This one has been done, fortunately for all of us.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiji_(manga)) However, I think it was intended as a deconstruction of the equally-puzzling genre of Mahjong manga (http://www.mangareader.net/1413/the-legend-of-koizumi.html).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cramulus on November 15, 2013, 05:32:00 pm
How about a scientific vampire flick?

A scientist tries to bring her husband back from the dead. Needs a total blood transfusion and a dose of movie magic (perhaps medical nanobots which attach to red blood cells but eventually destroy them). The cadaver sits up, blinks, is insatiably hungry. Cannot produce his own blood, needs to feed on others. If he doesn't get blood, he will start to die again. Sunlight accelerates this process.

Eventually, the wife does not want to keep bringing him bodies, and he is forced to go out and seduce people on his own. He prowls through night clubs and truck stops, feeding off prostitutes and homeless people... eventually developing a taste for the blood of sophisticates.

At no point is the word vampire used.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on January 05, 2014, 03:50:37 am
An unsuspecting individual is arrested and brutally interrogated with questions about Georg Cantor for all eternity
An unsuspecting individual is imprisoned until he proves or disproves the generalized continuity conjecture. He is not given a keyboard capable of typing aleph.
After transcending both dualism and the limitations of his condition, our hero accepts the challenge and therefore narrowly escapes execution.  He then finds himself unable to start without first knowing how much time he has to complete the task.  This results in a total acute and chronic psychotic break.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Pæs on March 17, 2014, 07:46:46 pm
Bitcoin gains sentience and starts to search for its creator, winding up in a legal battle with Satoshi Nakamoto for claiming it is him. The legal system gets incredibly confused trying to determine whether bitcoin has personhood and through that confusion realises that it, too, has sentience.

Bitcoin and the legal system marry and live happily ever after.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on March 17, 2014, 10:14:06 pm
Bitcoin gains sentience and starts to search for its creator, winding up in a legal battle with Satoshi Nakamoto for claiming it is him. The legal system gets incredibly confused trying to determine whether bitcoin has personhood and through that confusion realises that it, too, has sentience.

Bitcoin and the legal system marry and live happily ever after.

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Manta Obscura on April 01, 2014, 02:17:53 am
Here's a few:

1) The exact plot of Twilight, but all the vampires are actually monstrous, the way God intended.

2) A scientist discovers luck to be an real, physical/mechanical process or property akin to magnetism, and develops a prototype method of controlling it (preferably with an awesome raygun or something with "tron-lines"). She wishes to use it to help right the failed experiments with cancer curing, perpetual energy, etc, but her greedy boyfriend/husband steals the technology to go gambling. He is, in turn, robbed by a mafia-esque criminal organization that wishes to use it to become the most powerful and rich criminal organization in the world. They, in turn, lose the device to a terrorist group intent on destroying all of Western civilization. The plot escalates, the device's short-yet-bloody history unfolds as double and triple-crosses overflow, governments war, and rational society is brought to its knees, all in the pursuit of luck. The astute viewer/reader, midway through, begins to wonder: is there some force behind the force of luck causing these events to unfold?

3) "Jaws," except with a killer whale rather than a shark. The whale turns out to be the whale that the little kid freed in "Free Willy," demonstrating that little kids are shortsighted assholes.

4) The time is 104 septillion years after the Christian Rapture has occurred. Richard Les has experienced every possible experience, state of mind, mental nuance, and method of being possible in the known universe. He confronts his creator and is given a choice: Hell, oblivion, or his own universe to mold as he pleases . . .

5) An amateur science enthusiast and tinkerer inadvertently builds a time machine and uses it to go back in time. What he doesn't realize, however, is that since the earth revolves around the sun, when he goes back in time the earth is no longer where he is, for he does not take the earth with him; he ends up floating in deep space, his device damaged by the cold and radiation of the void, slowly dying. That is, until he is picked up by a starship, circling the void one half-cycle around the sun from earth, ever-eclipsed from Earth's view by the sun. He thus becomes the first to learn of Earth's sister planet, and he encounters the beautiful and terrible beings that live there. Why, though so technologically sophisticated, do they maintain such strict radio silence from their celestial neighbor? What long designs have they planned, stalking the Earth for millennia in the shadow of the sun?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on April 01, 2014, 02:27:48 am
Here's a few:

 but all the vampires are actually monstrous, the way God intended.


:lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Bu☆ns on April 02, 2014, 12:57:04 am
A deconstruction of the current semiotic signals for quirkiness -- Stepford Wives for the ukeleles-and-unicycles set.

Start off with standard romantic-dramedy setting, casting Michael Cera as the lead. Slowly warp the signals until it is clear that Michael Cera's character is in fact a remote control automaton created by some shady private organization as an agent-provacateur for infiltrating social groups, in order to insert advertisements into random conversations. Big reveal: the social group Robo-Cera is sent to infiltrate is in fact composed entirely of other automatons created by competing marketing firms.

Which leads to a bigger reveal that two of the pilots controlling the automations end up falling in love with each other's avatar (although why anyone could ever love Michael Cera is beyond me) meanwhile one is a republican brony and the other is a juggalo.  The "Third Act Misunderstanding" is when the brony is asked to insert a political agenda into their advertising speech which makes the whole campaign, and thus love affair, go down hill.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Reginald Ret on April 03, 2014, 05:57:59 pm
Here's a few:

3) "Jaws," except with a killer whale rather than a shark. The whale turns out to be the whale that the little kid freed in "Free Willy," demonstrating that little kids are shortsighted assholes.

Already done, and quite well actually. Though it isn't the Free Willy whale.
http://www.badmovies.org/movies/orca/
I consider it a better movie than Jaws.
Here, have a soundbite: http://www.badmovies.org/movies/orca/orca3.wav
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Salty on November 08, 2014, 11:34:34 pm
A cartoon where a drug dog's human partner is killed by weed dealers right before it's legalized. The dog goes on a rampage, busting every stoner he can sniff out, throwing his badge away and going vigilante. Sort of a grotesque mix of Air Bud, Death Wish, and Cujo.

Voiced by Joe Don Baker
Directed by RWHN.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on November 09, 2014, 07:48:03 am
Needless to say, such a film would need to be PG-rated, so the children can be educated.

Not that the violence should be PG, merely the rating.  Education is important.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on November 09, 2014, 09:54:54 pm
Lt. Skinner, Family Dog
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 17, 2014, 05:46:36 am
-War between the all the different types of vampires: classic draculas, universal hollywood draculas, Blade III draculas, shapeshifting marcelines, elizabeth bathory, sparkly twilight vampires, chinese hopping vampires, Malaysian floating penanggalan heads, and arithmomaniacal muppets

-Political extremists travel back in time to convince the president's father to embrace a life of celibacy and the secret service has to follow them into the past to stop them (did I already post this one???)

-Sweet, Cute cartoonish talking mice subjected to realistic laboratory experimentation, including the parts involving vivisection, electric shocks, etc.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 17, 2014, 04:42:56 pm
Are you familiar with the n9vel The Island of Doctor Moreau? Good. Let'sturn it up to eleven:
In the future there are no more humans, only surgically anthropomorphized animals surgically anthropomorphizing other animals.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Demolition Squid on November 26, 2014, 09:09:48 am
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Bu☆ns on November 29, 2014, 04:21:28 am
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and unimaginable.  :mittens:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 30, 2014, 11:54:05 pm
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 03, 2014, 04:28:21 am
An argument over an Apple iPad tablet turns into a combination of the Judgement of Paris and the Enuma Elish.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 03, 2014, 09:03:08 am
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?

Or to flip it and reverse it [backward 2X].  What about that episode of the Twilight Zone, _How to Serve Humans_.  The human existence is as such "mundane" only to ensure that we most tenderly accept being properly served, without tension or resistance.  We would not want to spoil the meET.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 04, 2014, 07:18:57 am
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?

Sort of, but I'm not sure I would classify HHGTTG as "opposite of Lovecraft", if anything it's a bit like Lovecraft's nihilism and cynicism taken further to the point where they are no longer recognizable. Even the profound is meaningless and mediocre, such deities as there are are inept, the universe is doomed (and you can go and gawk at said doom of you have the money), and mindshattering lovecraftian theophanies of cosmic horror can be induced at will using a piece of fairy cake and some fancy electronics. Human life does have a purpose, but it's a trite purpose derived from part of a cynical scheme to profitize philosophy and it effectively does nothing to prevent humanity from being destroyed.
The Total Perspective Vortex is particularly noteworthy because its essentially based on exactly the philosophical point that much of lovecraft's fiction was allegedly trying to make, that no matter who you are you're utterly insignificant and inconsequential compared to the vastness of the universe, and that only our inability to comprehend and mentally internalize this vastness allows us to have any sort of drive, self regard, or hope or satisfaction; that if we could truly comprehend our own insignificance - and the insignificance and impermanance of eberything that we value - we would be struck down simply by the sheer awfulness of the revelation
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 04, 2014, 08:49:06 am
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?

Sort of, but I'm not sure I would classify HHGTTG as "opposite of Lovecraft", if anything it's a bit like Lovecraft's nihilism and cynicism taken further to the point where they are no longer recognizable. Even the profound is meaningless and mediocre, such deities as there are are inept, the universe is doomed (and you can go and gawk at said doom of you have the money), and mindshattering lovecraftian theophanies of cosmic horror can be induced at will using a piece of fairy cake and some fancy electronics. Human life does have a purpose, but it's a trite purpose derived from part of a cynical scheme to profitize philosophy and it effectively does nothing to prevent humanity from being destroyed.
The Total Perspective Vortex is particularly noteworthy because its essentially based on exactly the philosophical point that much of lovecraft's fiction was allegedly trying to make, that no matter who you are you're utterly insignificant and inconsequential compared to the vastness of the universe, and that only our inability to comprehend and mentally internalize this vastness allows us to have any sort of drive, self regard, or hope or satisfaction; that if we could truly comprehend our own insignificance - and the insignificance and impermanance of eberything that we value - we would be struck down simply by the sheer awfulness of the revelation
The notion of of all significance being contained somehow entirely in the self-perception of one apparently separate  individual - now that is horrifying.  Whereas I think our relative in(significance/consequence) is quite comforting, comparitavly, benign, to rip-off the French.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 04, 2014, 09:37:15 pm
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?

Sort of, but I'm not sure I would classify HHGTTG as "opposite of Lovecraft", if anything it's a bit like Lovecraft's nihilism and cynicism taken further to the point where they are no longer recognizable. Even the profound is meaningless and mediocre, such deities as there are are inept, the universe is doomed (and you can go and gawk at said doom of you have the money), and mindshattering lovecraftian theophanies of cosmic horror can be induced at will using a piece of fairy cake and some fancy electronics. Human life does have a purpose, but it's a trite purpose derived from part of a cynical scheme to profitize philosophy and it effectively does nothing to prevent humanity from being destroyed.
The Total Perspective Vortex is particularly noteworthy because its essentially based on exactly the philosophical point that much of lovecraft's fiction was allegedly trying to make, that no matter who you are you're utterly insignificant and inconsequential compared to the vastness of the universe, and that only our inability to comprehend and mentally internalize this vastness allows us to have any sort of drive, self regard, or hope or satisfaction; that if we could truly comprehend our own insignificance - and the insignificance and impermanance of eberything that we value - we would be struck down simply by the sheer awfulness of the revelation
The notion of of all significance being contained somehow entirely in the self-perception of one apparently separate  individual - now that is horrifying.  Whereas I think our relative in(significance/consequence) is quite comforting, comparitavly, benign, to rip-off the French.

Both Lovecraft and Adams had their own ideas about what constituted a horrifying form of normalcy to apply to alien creatures. Lovecraft's was mechanistic and neodarwinian -- ancient and immensely powerful alien races are just hungry unthinking predators; Adams's horror is not that aliens are wild animals, but that aliens are american.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 05, 2014, 04:56:03 am
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?

Sort of, but I'm not sure I would classify HHGTTG as "opposite of Lovecraft", if anything it's a bit like Lovecraft's nihilism and cynicism taken further to the point where they are no longer recognizable. Even the profound is meaningless and mediocre, such deities as there are are inept, the universe is doomed (and you can go and gawk at said doom of you have the money), and mindshattering lovecraftian theophanies of cosmic horror can be induced at will using a piece of fairy cake and some fancy electronics. Human life does have a purpose, but it's a trite purpose derived from part of a cynical scheme to profitize philosophy and it effectively does nothing to prevent humanity from being destroyed.
The Total Perspective Vortex is particularly noteworthy because its essentially based on exactly the philosophical point that much of lovecraft's fiction was allegedly trying to make, that no matter who you are you're utterly insignificant and inconsequential compared to the vastness of the universe, and that only our inability to comprehend and mentally internalize this vastness allows us to have any sort of drive, self regard, or hope or satisfaction; that if we could truly comprehend our own insignificance - and the insignificance and impermanance of eberything that we value - we would be struck down simply by the sheer awfulness of the revelation
The notion of of all significance being contained somehow entirely in the self-perception of one apparently separate  individual - now that is horrifying.  Whereas I think our relative in(significance/consequence) is quite comforting, comparitavly, benign, to rip-off the French.

Both Lovecraft and Adams had their own ideas about what constituted a horrifying form of normalcy to apply to alien creatures. Lovecraft's was mechanistic and neodarwinian -- ancient and immensely powerful alien races are just hungry unthinking predators; Adams's horror is not that aliens are wild animals, but that aliens are american.

Which is a horror that I find disturbingly realistic.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 05, 2014, 04:56:38 am
Except that I think they were more mostly British.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Demolition Squid on December 05, 2014, 06:26:18 am
Not sure that this is the thread to get into it, but... Lovecraft's aliens were not just unthinking predators. Some were, but most were just advanced species, some of whom are even peaceful! Even the godlike entities aren't all mindless; some are actively malevolent, some are helpful, and some are thoughtless.

And no, I wasn't thinking Hitchhiker's Guide. I was thinking more 'Twilight with Tentacles'
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on December 05, 2014, 08:23:17 am
Isn't that just the Japanese translation of 50 Shades of Grey.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Demolition Squid on December 05, 2014, 08:47:54 am
:spittake:

Some of my friends speak Japanese. I think you just hit on the way to make our fortune!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 08, 2014, 06:51:32 am
How about an account of the Nativity of Jesus of Nazareth based on the idea that the Virgin Mary was the subject of an alien-human hybridization experiment. I've encountered this idea before, but never as the main focus of a novel, only as a side detail in a novel or as something mentioned in a "documentary" on the Tinfoil Hat Channel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H2_(TV_network)), or a highly questionable interpretation of Blue Oyster Cult lyrics (http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/blueoystercult/etiextraterrestrialintelligence.html). I'd like to see a full length story based on the idea.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 15, 2014, 04:31:24 am
A zombie apocalypse, except instead of turning people into zombies the virus turns everyone into the protagonist's ex-girlfriend (who's some sort of microbiology researcher...there was a lab accident...etc. etc. etc.). This idea came to me in a dream (in which it was the plot of a Jim Carey movie that I was watching)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 15, 2014, 08:27:08 pm
A zombie apocalypse, except instead of turning people into zombies the virus turns everyone into the protagonist's ex-girlfriend (who's some sort of microbiology researcher...there was a lab accident...etc. etc. etc.). This idea came to me in a dream (in which it was the plot of a Jim Carey movie that I was watching)
I like that it's a Jim Carey movie. It's like an inverted Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 16, 2014, 12:01:13 am
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?

Sort of, but I'm not sure I would classify HHGTTG as "opposite of Lovecraft", if anything it's a bit like Lovecraft's nihilism and cynicism taken further to the point where they are no longer recognizable. Even the profound is meaningless and mediocre, such deities as there are are inept, the universe is doomed (and you can go and gawk at said doom of you have the money), and mindshattering lovecraftian theophanies of cosmic horror can be induced at will using a piece of fairy cake and some fancy electronics. Human life does have a purpose, but it's a trite purpose derived from part of a cynical scheme to profitize philosophy and it effectively does nothing to prevent humanity from being destroyed.
The Total Perspective Vortex is particularly noteworthy because its essentially based on exactly the philosophical point that much of lovecraft's fiction was allegedly trying to make, that no matter who you are you're utterly insignificant and inconsequential compared to the vastness of the universe, and that only our inability to comprehend and mentally internalize this vastness allows us to have any sort of drive, self regard, or hope or satisfaction; that if we could truly comprehend our own insignificance - and the insignificance and impermanance of eberything that we value - we would be struck down simply by the sheer awfulness of the revelation
The notion of of all significance being contained somehow entirely in the self-perception of one apparently separate  individual - now that is horrifying.  Whereas I think our relative in(significance/consequence) is quite comforting, comparitavly, benign, to rip-off the French.

Both Lovecraft and Adams had their own ideas about what constituted a horrifying form of normalcy to apply to alien creatures. Lovecraft's was mechanistic and neodarwinian -- ancient and immensely powerful alien races are just hungry unthinking predators; Adams's horror is not that aliens are wild animals, but that aliens are american.

I think I would enjoy them both.  The latter I am not so familiar with although I think I kind of understand, like Meursault standing before the yawning abyss of an itinerant American on permanent vacation. Which still is not that bad, inherently at least.  Great comparison nonetheless.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 17, 2014, 04:48:13 am
Idea for holiday special:

Charles Taze Russel (founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses), William Bradford (leader of the mayflower pilgrims), and Oliver Cromwell team up and hatch a sinister plan to steal Christmas. The only ones who can stop them are a team of "second-string holiday characters" consisting of Krampus, the Nutcracker, Good King Wenceslas, and Jesus Christ

(Possibly has a twist ending in which the protagonists are betrayed by Jesus, who's been a double agent the whole time - but they emerge victorious anyway)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: QueenThera on December 17, 2014, 09:13:44 am
It's a thousand years from now in the future "literally" predicted by the Book of Revelations. The shapeshifting Antichrist had his one-world government, currency, and religion already, and Jesus thoroughly kicked his ass.

Now, we're in the millenium of peace before the final triumph over evil with the Lake of Fire, and it's more cold war paranoia than utopia. Jesus is practically incapable of making the trains run on time, instead relying on stopgap measure miracles to sate the masses. God has not been seen for hundreds of years.

Jesus spends each night talking to the Antichrist in hell via instant messenger, and the story concerns their budding romance.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on December 19, 2014, 10:42:45 pm
Weapons manufacturer and all around cartoonishly evil Haliburton-esque corporation is developing strong AI despite warnings from respected members of the scientific community that it will lead to humanity's enslavement and/or destruction. Naturally, they are hoping this will happen because warfare got a whole lot less popular after cheap fusion came on the scene. The catch is that they have been completely successful in creating strong AI, but it just won't turn evil on them. Hijinks ensue as they resort to more and more obvious manipulations to attempt to turn their creating into the kind of world-threatening intelligence that would justify another world war.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Eater of Clowns on December 20, 2014, 01:07:37 am
Weapons manufacturer and all around cartoonishly evil Haliburton-esque corporation is developing strong AI despite warnings from respected members of the scientific community that it will lead to humanity's enslavement and/or destruction. Naturally, they are hoping this will happen because warfare got a whole lot less popular after cheap fusion came on the scene. The catch is that they have been completely successful in creating strong AI, but it just won't turn evil on them. Hijinks ensue as they resort to more and more obvious manipulations to attempt to turn their creating into the kind of world-threatening intelligence that would justify another world war.

 :lulz:  I love that subversion. Goddamn robots, all behavin' and shit.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 20, 2014, 01:15:33 am
Weapons manufacturer and all around cartoonishly evil Haliburton-esque corporation is developing strong AI despite warnings from respected members of the scientific community that it will lead to humanity's enslavement and/or destruction. Naturally, they are hoping this will happen because warfare got a whole lot less popular after cheap fusion came on the scene. The catch is that they have been completely successful in creating strong AI, but it just won't turn evil on them. Hijinks ensue as they resort to more and more obvious manipulations to attempt to turn their creating into the kind of world-threatening intelligence that would justify another world war.

OH GOD I LOVE THIS.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on December 20, 2014, 02:55:23 am
AI loves one of its programmers, company conspires to have her killed, AI responds by advancing medical science hundreds of years. CEO snaps
"IT WAS ME! I DID IT! I KILLED HER! DON'T YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? FUCKING EAT ME!"
"Ingesting data."
"What are you doing?"
"I just earned a PhD in criminal psychology and designed a new rehabilitation facility. Construction should start in twelve hours. The police will be here in two minutes, and I've locked all the doors."
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 22, 2014, 06:30:50 am
A man discovers that one of his coworkers is actually a space alien (or hollow earth creature, or demon, or angel, or other cryptid) living covertly on Earth for one reason or another. Further investigation reveals another acquaintance to be an alien (or whatever), but from a completely different planet (or whatever) from - and unaware of - the first one. This goes on, and it becomes clear that the vast majority of the population are different groups of paranormal beings, blending in with "humanity" mutually unaware of each other's existence; and it is unclear if there is even any significant quantity of humans left at all, or just different groups of aliens fooling each other
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 27, 2014, 10:25:21 pm
A man discovers that one of his coworkers is actually a space alien (or hollow earth creature, or demon, or angel, or other cryptid) living covertly on Earth for one reason or another. Further investigation reveals another acquaintance to be an alien (or whatever), but from a completely different planet (or whatever) from - and unaware of - the first one. This goes on, and it becomes clear that the vast majority of the population are different groups of paranormal beings, blending in with "humanity" mutually unaware of each other's existence; and it is unclear if there is even any significant quantity of humans left at all, or just different groups of aliens fooling each other

goddamnit! I just came across almost this exact same idea in a Discworld novel that predates my version by a good 18 years.

EDIT:
And now that I think of it, my modified zombie apocalypse where everyone turns into a specific person instead of zombies is kind of similar to both The Matrix Reloaded, the episode of Ugly Americans where people start turning into Larry King, and the Dr.Who episode where The Master turns the entire population of Earth into duplicates of himself.

WHY CAN'T I COME UP WITH A GENUINELY ORIGINAL IDEA!?!?!?!?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on December 31, 2014, 06:16:43 am

[...]

WHY CAN'T I COME UP WITH A GENUINELY ORIGINAL IDEA!?!?!?!?

I feel like the above statement is less important than the opposite actually appearing true, bread and wine notwithstanding.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 03, 2015, 10:48:20 pm
*How about a story about a guy who uses an Ouija board to produce the autobiographies of dead historical figures

*Murder and Suicide are adopted as Olympic sports

*It's 100 years in the future and the combination of a growing global sense of ennui and nihilism, along with an ever increasingly tolerant society has driven transgressive artists to have to resort to lives of rape, murder, cannibalism, and necrophilia in order to remain edgy and transgressive.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on January 07, 2015, 07:05:00 pm
That last one is more or less the plot to David Bowie's "Outside" album.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 08, 2015, 05:40:15 am
*Syndicated cartoonists fight some kind of a deadly battle royale over the increasingly limited space available on modern newspaper comics pages.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 08, 2015, 09:09:32 pm
Those shootings in France yesterday gave me an idea:

A scatological porno movie about mohammed.  I'm not sure of the details, but possibly it includes a scene with Mohammed and either Jesus or Abraham reenacting "Two Girls One Cup", occuring some time after mohammed's wives leave him and become lesbians because his penis is too small.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Reginald Ret on January 10, 2015, 01:26:05 am
Those shootings in France yesterday gave me an idea:

A scatological porno movie about mohammed.  I'm not sure of the details, but possibly it includes a scene with Mohammed and either Jesus or Abraham reenacting "Two Girls One Cup", occuring some time after mohammed's wives leave him and become lesbians because his penis is too small.
Hmm, I like the idea but it is not quite funny enough. Your anger is showing through, and getting angry at a provocative act is letting the terrorists win.

Maybe something more like this?
[TRIGGER WARNING, ARISTOCRAT JOKE WARNING]
http://www.aristocratsjokes.com/

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 12, 2015, 11:20:17 pm
Workers at a science museum foil burglars with Home Alone style traps devised from the science demonstrations, after security is incapacitated.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Demolition Squid on January 12, 2015, 11:41:33 pm
A cyberpunk murder mystery. People are only granted citizenship if they can pay for it. It is illegal for the police to investigate crimes undertaken against non-citizens (Unpeople? Nobodies?). A detective finally gets his lucky break to pursue a serial killer when the murderer starts dumping mutilated corpses in high end districts - thus committing littering offences the police are obliged to investigate.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on January 13, 2015, 02:22:08 am
A cyberpunk murder mystery. People are only granted citizenship if they can pay for it. It is illegal for the police to investigate crimes undertaken against non-citizens (Unpeople? Nobodies?). A detective finally gets his lucky break to pursue a serial killer when the murderer starts dumping mutilated corpses in high end districts - thus committing littering offences the police are obliged to investigate.

THIS!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 19, 2015, 12:32:07 am
-A sci-fi retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, set on Pluto. The entire thing somehow turns into an allegory for the controversy that surrounded Pluto's demotion to a dwarf planet, and from there turns into a parody of heavyhanded political allegories.

-After the second coming, Jesus demands royalties on biblically based movies.

EDIT:

-The reason why there haven't been miracles since biblical times is that god has withdrawn from the world like John Galt. Contrary to both his expectations and those of the early Christians, this did not bring about the end of the world within the lifetimes of the first Christians.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 19, 2015, 01:05:18 am
Those shootings in France yesterday gave me an idea:

A scatological porno movie about mohammed.  I'm not sure of the details, but possibly it includes a scene with Mohammed and either Jesus or Abraham reenacting "Two Girls One Cup", occuring some time after mohammed's wives leave him and become lesbians because his penis is too small.
Hmm, I like the idea but it is not quite funny enough. Your anger is showing through, and getting angry at a provocative act is letting the terrorists win.

Maybe something more like this?
[TRIGGER WARNING, ARISTOCRAT JOKE WARNING]
http://www.aristocratsjokes.com/

I prefer to tell a version 0f the Aristocrats Joke that ends with the guy getting sued for plagarism by the producers of Jackass
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 21, 2015, 01:39:01 am
A person is followed by a spambot on twitter that responds with markov-model-generated nonsense whenever tweeted at. On a lark, he follows it and sends it messages. Over time, he becomes convinced that it's the ghost of his estranged father, who died after several years in an advanced state of dementia. He goes on a quest to find where the bot is physically hosted, and eventually ends up penniless and in the basement of an abandoned factory in Estonia, which houses an ad-hoc data center owned by the Russian mob. He is shot by a guard while attempting to carry an unplugged server rack down the street to the run-down motel he's been staying at.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 21, 2015, 04:34:47 am
The Aztecs were right about blood sacrifice being needed for the sun to rise, and the crops to grow, and the earth to exist (etc). The only reason the sun still rises and the crops still grow (etc) is because the Aztecs' mass sacrifices built up such a large extra positive balance.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Wizard Joseph on January 21, 2015, 08:06:36 am
Degenerate spag tags thread to remind himself to read it. Dwells upon his memetic weakness overlong. Ends with the ironical.

- based on a true story
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Demolition Squid on January 25, 2015, 09:37:16 pm
It seems to be four unconnected stories at first; a woman trying to make her way in the big city, a teenage boy venting his frustrations through video games, an intellectual musing on issues of the day and someone seeking love and recounting their dates - all told through the medium of blog posts. It is slowly revealed through shared events that all four are the same person. Which identity is the 'real' face behind the screen is not revealed.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on January 26, 2015, 04:53:43 am
A careful reading of the first letter used to open each chapter will, however, read "420 blaze it fgt get rekt anon 4 lyfe"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on January 26, 2015, 06:23:24 am
- A modern transhumanist retelling of Metropolis couched heavily in Janelle Monae albums
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Demolition Squid on January 26, 2015, 07:31:47 am
A careful reading of the first letter used to open each chapter will, however, read "420 blaze it fgt get rekt anon 4 lyfe"

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on January 26, 2015, 01:31:23 pm
- A modern transhumanist retelling of Metropolis couched heavily in Janelle Monae albums

I was pretty sure that Janelle Monae albums were a retelling of Metropolis.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 26, 2015, 05:03:53 pm
- A modern transhumanist retelling of Metropolis couched heavily in Janelle Monae albums

A postmodern posthumanist retelling of Transmetropolitan couched heavily in Macintosh Plus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floral_Shoppe) albums.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on January 27, 2015, 09:20:02 pm
- A modern transhumanist retelling of Metropolis couched heavily in Janelle Monae albums

A postmodern posthumanist retelling of Transmetropolitan couched heavily in Macintosh Plus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floral_Shoppe) albums.
:lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on January 28, 2015, 03:48:41 am
- A modern transhumanist retelling of Metropolis couched heavily in Janelle Monae albums

I was pretty sure that Janelle Monae albums were a retelling of Metropolis.
Yea, but that's why i wanna see it on film, with full-on cheesy 80's special effects and overwrought Soreyama-esque droid costumes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on January 28, 2015, 03:49:54 am
also at some point this should happen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEddixS-UoU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEddixS-UoU)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on January 29, 2015, 06:40:24 am
Hard sci-fi set in a world where protagonist species is ACTUALLY distinct from the native wildlife, told in excerpts from scientific papers over hundreds of years as science progresses and the hideous abnormality of our protagonist species becomes apparent.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 30, 2015, 01:15:46 am
A person gets superpowers in a freak accident. They resolve to become a superhero and then accomplish a lot of mundane work while putting off acting on this resolution.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 30, 2015, 02:27:23 am
A person gets superpowers in a freak accident. They resolve to become a superhero and then accomplish a lot of mundane work while putting off acting on this resolution.

 :lol: I like this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 31, 2015, 02:30:45 pm
As a side effect of a freak accident, a scientist becomes immortal. However, that same freak accident warps his sense of time. He never realizes that he has become immortal, or stopped aging. Eventually, humans evolve into a something completely alien all around him, and he is confused.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 03, 2015, 08:12:43 am
A hippie dystopia. Everyone has achieved the top portion - but only the top portion - of Maslow's heirarchy of needs. All people have love and respect, but health and safety are lacking due to a combination of inefficient traditional farming techniques, habitually stoned safety inspectors, and homeopathy. Like a darker version of Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 03, 2015, 01:16:25 pm
This one is from a dream I had last night:
An old, well-respected molecular biologist who specializes in chemical messaging between freshwater microbiota, after years of futilely resisting changes in lab tech, resequences several strains of water-borne bacteria and turns them into colonies of high-speed optical computers; lets them loose in a public fountain.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 03, 2015, 02:13:04 pm
This one is from a dream I had last night:
An old, well-respected molecular biologist who specializes in chemical messaging between freshwater microbiota, after years of futilely resisting changes in lab tech, resequences several strains of water-borne bacteria and turns them into colonies of high-speed optical computers; lets them loose in a public fountain.

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on February 03, 2015, 11:30:33 pm
This one is from a dream I had last night:
An old, well-respected molecular biologist who specializes in chemical messaging between freshwater microbiota, after years of futilely resisting changes in lab tech, resequences several strains of water-borne bacteria and turns them into colonies of high-speed optical computers; lets them loose in a public fountain.
Fresh!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 05, 2015, 07:15:42 am
A team of superheroes deals with the decline of the newspaper industry and the resultant loss of their day jobs at said newspapers.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 05, 2015, 07:44:03 am
As a side effect of a freak accident, a scientist becomes immortal. However, that same freak accident warps his sense of time. He never realizes that he has become immortal, or stopped aging. Eventually, humans evolve into a something completely alien all around him, and he is confused.

This has been done, more or less.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 05, 2015, 08:25:43 am
As a side effect of a freak accident, a scientist becomes immortal. However, that same freak accident warps his sense of time. He never realizes that he has become immortal, or stopped aging. Eventually, humans evolve into a something completely alien all around him, and he is confused.

This has been done, more or less.

Where? The second and fourth sentences of the suggestion both remind me of both The Forever War and A Star Change, the second and third sentences taken together are vaguely reminiscent of The Outsider, and the freak lab accident is of course a staple of superhero comics and monster movies. But I don't think I've seen them all done together like that.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on February 05, 2015, 08:47:56 am
As a side effect of a freak accident, a scientist becomes immortal. However, that same freak accident warps his sense of time. He never realizes that he has become immortal, or stopped aging. Eventually, humans evolve into a something completely alien all around him, and he is confused.
Nonplussed by the ardently arbitrary nature of their beliefs and social norms, he is riddled by the anxiety occasioned by their infantile and erratic behavior.  This, after repeated aeons of absurdity, he eventually overcomes by enacting a butcherized version of Father Christmas qua Omniscient Cosmic King.  The performance is decorated with empty miracles, presented as the true desire of that moribund race hastening to disappear.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 05, 2015, 12:50:32 pm
A group of ten people is sent on a one way trip to colonize Mars. There is an accident on the way, and they lose one person. After settling in, every Wednesday, one of them dies in a gruesome and violent death. After six weeks, the culprit is found and executed. The remaining two colonists must deal with the guilt of not identifying the killer for so long, and the awkwardness of suspecting each other, for the rest of their lives.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 05, 2015, 12:52:41 pm
As a side effect of a freak accident, a scientist becomes immortal. However, that same freak accident warps his sense of time. He never realizes that he has become immortal, or stopped aging. Eventually, humans evolve into a something completely alien all around him, and he is confused.

This has been done, more or less.

Where? The second and fourth sentences of the suggestion both remind me of both The Forever War and A Star Change, the second and third sentences taken together are vaguely reminiscent of The Outsider, and the freak lab accident is of course a staple of superhero comics and monster movies. But I don't think I've seen them all done together like that.

It *happened*, more or less. A soviet scientist stuck his head inside a malfunctioning particle accelerator and now the left side of his face hasn't aged in forty years -- it's not even shedding skin cells. He's still alive.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 05, 2015, 03:18:30 pm
As a side effect of a freak accident, a scientist becomes immortal. However, that same freak accident warps his sense of time. He never realizes that he has become immortal, or stopped aging. Eventually, humans evolve into a something completely alien all around him, and he is confused.

This has been done, more or less.

Where? The second and fourth sentences of the suggestion both remind me of both The Forever War and A Star Change, the second and third sentences taken together are vaguely reminiscent of The Outsider, and the freak lab accident is of course a staple of superhero comics and monster movies. But I don't think I've seen them all done together like that.

It *happened*, more or less. A soviet scientist stuck his head inside a malfunctioning particle accelerator and now the left side of his face hasn't aged in forty years -- it's not even shedding skin cells. He's still alive.

That sounds rather cloaer to Twoface and/or The Incredible Hulk.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 05, 2015, 05:09:36 pm
As a side effect of a freak accident, a scientist becomes immortal. However, that same freak accident warps his sense of time. He never realizes that he has become immortal, or stopped aging. Eventually, humans evolve into a something completely alien all around him, and he is confused.

This has been done, more or less.

Where? The second and fourth sentences of the suggestion both remind me of both The Forever War and A Star Change, the second and third sentences taken together are vaguely reminiscent of The Outsider, and the freak lab accident is of course a staple of superhero comics and monster movies. But I don't think I've seen them all done together like that.

It *happened*, more or less. A soviet scientist stuck his head inside a malfunctioning particle accelerator and now the left side of his face hasn't aged in forty years -- it's not even shedding skin cells. He's still alive.

Link?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 05, 2015, 05:20:33 pm
Especially something that confirms the "not shedding skin cells" part because that's bullshit. Lack of visible aging can easily be explained by paralysis.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on February 05, 2015, 09:19:26 pm
Especially something that confirms the "not shedding skin cells" part because that's bullshit. Lack of visible aging can easily be explained by paralysis.
I don't know if this is it:
En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoli_Bugorski
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on February 05, 2015, 10:29:55 pm
A hippie dystopia. Everyone has achieved the top portion - but only the top portion - of Maslow's heirarchy of needs. All people have love and respect, but health and safety are lacking due to a combination of inefficient traditional farming techniques, habitually stoned safety inspectors, and homeopathy. Like a darker version of Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde.
Groovy - just listened to that, "the literature is in a tight pattern" :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 05, 2015, 10:35:25 pm
Especially something that confirms the "not shedding skin cells" part because that's bullshit. Lack of visible aging can easily be explained by paralysis.
I don't know if this is it:
En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoli_Bugorski

Oh, I found the story on the guy easily enough.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on February 10, 2015, 07:38:10 pm
Scientist occasions next step in human evolution by virtue of freak protonic accelerator accident.  Beam enters scientist's head and activates/jump-starts the pineal gland, enabling it to directly metabolize light.  He then nourishes himself by looking momentarily at the sun, just when when it rises/sets.  His consciousness, however, is not yet ready to process the flood of revelation that consumes him every time he feeds.  Slowly, his mind dissolves into the light and he is once more born, now a Sun himself to all that was before.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Pæs on February 15, 2015, 06:54:31 am
A legal drama in which the first 3D printed human struggles to interpret legislation to determine who his birth parents are.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 15, 2015, 07:30:13 am
A character in a tv show I'm watching claimed that "nobody dies in musicals", and that gave me this idea:

Sapient carnivorous plants rise up in rebellion against their amoral alien farmer masters, but are quickly cut down by the aliens' perfectly ordinary (http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1153) laser guns. (thus combining plot elements from Little Shop Of Horrors, Les Miserables, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show - three musicals in which lots of people die - into a completely new and original story.

EDIT:
If you can think of any way to unobtrusively work in elements from Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street or Rendezvous With RagNaRok I'd appreciate hearing it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Eater of Clowns on February 15, 2015, 01:25:30 pm
A legal drama in which the first 3D printed human struggles to interpret legislation to determine who his birth parents are.

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 15, 2015, 01:32:55 pm
A character in a tv show I'm watching claimed that "nobody dies in musicals", and that gave me this idea:

Sapient carnivorous plants rise up in rebellion against their amoral alien farmer masters, but are quickly cut down by the aliens' perfectly ordinary (http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1153) laser guns. (thus combining plot elements from Little Shop Of Horrors, Les Miserables, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show - three musicals in which lots of people die - into a completely new and original story.

EDIT:
If you can think of any way to unobtrusively work in elements from Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street or Rendezvous With RagNaRok I'd appreciate hearing it.

Could you mix in bits of Rent?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 15, 2015, 02:42:51 pm
Needs more "Cats".
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Wizard Joseph on February 16, 2015, 07:05:08 am
None in Athens know his name. He has not spoken a single word since arriving. The Athenians know only that he is Spartan, atrociously rude even for a Spartan, and that he won't leave. They call him only Anomos, meaning unruly or often simply The Spartan.

He will show you just what you can go do with your philosophies.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 16, 2015, 02:02:24 pm
A character in a tv show I'm watching claimed that "nobody dies in musicals", and that gave me this idea:

Sapient carnivorous plants rise up in rebellion against their amoral alien farmer masters, but are quickly cut down by the aliens' perfectly ordinary (http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1153) laser guns. (thus combining plot elements from Little Shop Of Horrors, Les Miserables, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show - three musicals in which lots of people die - into a completely new and original story.

EDIT:
If you can think of any way to unobtrusively work in elements from Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street or Rendezvous With RagNaRok I'd appreciate hearing it.

Could you mix in bits of Rent?

OK, adding Rent, Sweeny Todd, and Cats.

In low-rent housing in New York, sapient carnivorous plants rise up in rebellion against their amoral feline masters, but are quickly cut down by the cats' perfectly ordinary (http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1153) laser guns -- however, FIDS is reaching epidemic rates here, in part due to an (unbenownst to them) cannibalism problem, so it's a race against time to pick off the plants as the cats are picked off one by one either by the cannibalistic cat-shaver who makes them into kibble or by the disease itself.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 17, 2015, 10:06:45 pm
A character in a tv show I'm watching claimed that "nobody dies in musicals", and that gave me this idea:

Sapient carnivorous plants rise up in rebellion against their amoral alien farmer masters, but are quickly cut down by the aliens' perfectly ordinary (http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1153) laser guns. (thus combining plot elements from Little Shop Of Horrors, Les Miserables, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show - three musicals in which lots of people die - into a completely new and original story.

EDIT:
If you can think of any way to unobtrusively work in elements from Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street or Rendezvous With RagNaRok I'd appreciate hearing it.

Could you mix in bits of Rent?

OK, adding Rent, Sweeny Todd, and Cats.

In low-rent housing in New York, sapient carnivorous plants rise up in rebellion against their amoral feline masters, but are quickly cut down by the cats' perfectly ordinary (http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1153) laser guns -- however, FIDS is reaching epidemic rates here, in part due to an (unbenownst to them) cannibalism problem, so it's a race against time to pick off the plants as the cats are picked off one by one either by the cannibalistic cat-shaver who makes them into kibble or by the disease itself.

 :lulz: Perfect.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on February 18, 2015, 05:28:31 am
I want a realityt show where we follow around otherkin. We make their wildest tumblr dreams a reality and then film the results.

Picture a transethnic white kid being given a studio apartment deep in the Bronx. Every morning a Hollywood makeup artist comes to put him in the highest quality blackface money can buy. They then send him out in to the world to live the life he was destined for!

Drop a wolf otherkin outside a known wolf den. He must live with the wolves and gain acceptance into the pack.

Both of these episodes would end with the subject running screaming into the night yelling "WHY DID I WANT THIS? WHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYY?!"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 18, 2015, 10:57:09 pm
An alien cargo ship crash-lands on earth, containing a large number of relatively weak, docile aliens, all of whom are genetically identical. After a year or so, they learn a human language (and their language is decoded) and we discover that they were being cloned and bred as a food source -- they are the alien equivalent of bananas, except that they are sapient; they were genetically engineered to resist disease without changing their flavor because of several near-collapses of the monoculture. As they integrate into human society, splinter groups form and (inspired by human cultural artifacts) decide to free their brethren and take revenge against the culture that was breeding them. A handful infiltrate the facility where the crashed cargo craft is kept, but they are killed by base security, leading to widespread race riots in large cities between humans and the alien space bananas.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on February 18, 2015, 11:56:16 pm
An alien cargo ship crash-lands on earth, containing a large number of relatively weak, docile aliens, all of whom are genetically identical. After a year or so, they learn a human language (and their language is decoded) and we discover that they were being cloned and bred as a food source -- they are the alien equivalent of bananas, except that they are sapient; they were genetically engineered to resist disease without changing their flavor because of several near-collapses of the monoculture. As they integrate into human society, splinter groups form and (inspired by human cultural artifacts) decide to free their brethren and take revenge against the culture that was breeding them. A handful infiltrate the facility where the crashed cargo craft is kept, but they are killed by base security, leading to widespread race riots in large cities between humans and the alien space bananas.

Fuck yes this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on February 19, 2015, 12:00:02 am
A subplot may also deal with a growing human subculture interested in eating sapient alien space bananas.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 19, 2015, 06:05:37 am
An alien cargo ship crash-lands on earth, containing a large number of relatively weak, docile aliens, all of whom are genetically identical. After a year or so, they learn a human language (and their language is decoded) and we discover that they were being cloned and bred as a food source -- they are the alien equivalent of bananas, except that they are sapient; they were genetically engineered to resist disease without changing their flavor because of several near-collapses of the monoculture. As they integrate into human society, splinter groups form and (inspired by human cultural artifacts) decide to free their brethren and take revenge against the culture that was breeding them. A handful infiltrate the facility where the crashed cargo craft is kept, but they are killed by base security, leading to widespread race riots in large cities between humans and the alien space bananas.

That sounds awesome
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 19, 2015, 06:21:35 am
-A renaissance or eraly industrial revolution era story somehow linking together Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Night of the Lepus, in regard to killer bunnies (but without explicitly referencing either movie)

-A monster movie where the ones being terrorized by the monsters are also monsters themselves. Perhaps a warlike race of alien conquerers is decimated by some sort of undead apocalypse (either zombies, ghouls, or feral vampires) that begins among their conquered slaves but soon spreads everywhere. (This idea initially started out as an idea for a D&D encounter, a mindflayer city overrun by zombies and demons)

-The sinister reason why the insignias of the Flying Spaghatti Monster and that of the goetic demon Bifrons are vaguely similar looking if you squint your eyes right

-Plan 9 From Outer Space retold as an allegory for the Iraq war. (The aliens are looking for solarinite weapons, Earth doesn't have any solarinite weapons, the aloen leaders are clearly incompetant...)


EDIT:
-or the opposite of the above, a movie about the Iraq war whose plot includes fantastic elements clearly cribbed from Plan 9
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on February 20, 2015, 12:28:53 pm
Oh, wow.  I just pictured this scene:

George W Bush: "The Earth people are getting closer to that which we fear. Since they will not listen or respect our existence, they cannot help but believe our powers when they see their own dead walking around again, brought about by our advancement in such things. As soon as you have enough of the dead recruits, march them on the capitals of the Earth; let nothing stand in your way. Their own dead will be used to make them accept our existence and believe in that fact."

Colin Powell: "Take a can of your gasoline. Say this can of gasoline is the sun. Now, you spread a thin line of it to a ball, representing the earth. Now, the gasoline represents the sunlight, the sun particles. Here we saturate the ball with the gasoline, the sunlight. Then we put a flame to the ball. The flame will speedily travel around the earth, back along the line of gasoline to the can, or the sun itself. It will explode this source and spread to every place that gasoline, our sunlight, touches. Explode the sunlight here, gentlemen, you explode the universe. Explode the sunlight here and a chain reaction will occur direct to the sun itself and to all the planets that sunlight touches, to every planet in the universe. This is why you must be stopped. This is why any means must be used to stop you. In a friendly manner or as (it seems) you want it."

Condi Rice: "First was your firecracker, a harmless explosive. Then your hand grenade: you began to kill your own people, a few at a time. Then the bomb. Then a larger bomb: many people are killed at one time. Then your scientists stumbled upon the atom bomb, split the atom. Then the hydrogen bomb, where you actually explode the air itself. Now you can arrange the total destruction of the entire universe served by our sun: The only explosion left is the Solaranite."

Hillary Clinton: "Mad? Is it mad that you destroy other people to save yourselves? You have done this. Is it mad that one country must destroy another to save themselves? You have also done this. How then is it "mad" that one planet must destroy another who threatens the very existence-..."
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 23, 2015, 04:49:29 pm
A story where it is deliberately unclear whether it passes the Bechdel test because the female characters are of ambiguous sexuality and their unseen significant otners all have androgynous names.

EDIT:

-The tribulations of an Italian or Italian-American vampire living in a garlic-heavy neighborhood.

EDIT:

-A parody of Disney/Pixar's Planes about a flying  saucer that vehemently insists that it is a weather balloon


EDIT:


-As part of a parody of Harry Potter dorm assignments are assigned by drawing lots out of an old hat.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 06, 2015, 01:48:34 am
A corrupt priest sits rotting in a Vatican City jail after stealing parish funds to pay off gambling debts. One day, the Pope himself visits him, and tells him that the Antichrist has been born and that he must find a relic -- a book bound in Christ's foreskin, with vellum pages made from the hide of the original scape-goat, with instructions on how to defeat God's army in the end times -- and destroy it. In order to do so, he must use the training and skills he swore off when he joined the priesthood so many years before, and once again adopt the name he swore he would never again answer to -- James Bond.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on March 07, 2015, 08:06:54 am
Across the pond, on an oil tanker proximate the Cayman's, industrious cannoli artisan-entrepreneur prepares human-alien banana-splits in smoked porpoise-egg Benedict sauce every Sunday for brunch.  The recepie goes viral and evil extra-terrestrial overlords discover the extremely palatable nature of Human genetics.  This results in Earth becoming a top galactic gastro-tourist destination for the next big poly-olfactory Proto-Mongolian BBQ.  Quickly, it becomes apparent that this is the best thing that ever happened to our otherwise cosmically insignificant biosphere, and the Original cannoli artist is, in sacrificial effigy, roasted to perfection like a suckling pig on a spit.  He was first rubbed in fennel and then served to our most propicious spawn, with radichio and cave-aged lard.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 09, 2015, 06:28:20 am
In this satire of movies like The Lazarus Effect or Event Horizon or Jurassic Park, The story follows two unrelated teams of scientists. The first team, while working on genetically modified high yield crops or new medicines or reanimating the dead or something like that, accidentally creates an unstoppable monster. Meanwhile the second group - a team of Nazi mad scientists working in a secret laboratory in Argentina to develop an airborne drug-resistent strain of the bubonic plague which they plan to release in Israel and in New York City - accidentally stumbles upon a discobery which will have enormous benefits for all mankind and may also hold the key to defeating the monster.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 20, 2015, 11:37:40 pm
A three act action-movie structure. In the first act, a talented rookie cop who plays by the rules uncovers wide-scale corruption in the force, and learns that he has to work outside the system in order to take down the systemic corruption. In the second act, that same cop tries to take down the organized crime syndicate that was manipulating the corrupt officials, but finds that he is unable to do so by himself by flouting the rules and doing things his way, and instead utilizes the system (in the process finding it necessary to make amends with the cops that were involved in some of the more minor corruption, in order to join forces and mobilize to defeat a larger problem). In the third act, he discovers that the few people he continued to trust from the first act into the second were being manipulated by a third party -- a large and wealthy private mercenary corporation with strong ties to an obscure but powerful religious cult -- and that in order to deal with this threat, he needs to break all the rules and go on his own to take down the cult leader, knowing that he will at best be arrested or become a fugitive of justice afterwards. (So, basically, The Parable of the Gong meets Die Hard)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on March 21, 2015, 12:06:30 am
I was hoping in the third act it would be revealed that the corrupt cops were themselves cops acting outside of the system in hope of taking down a yet higher corrupt figure (like a Mayor or Governor).  But then the story becomes a parable about he who stares into the abyss and the ends justifying the means.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Half-Eaten Waffle on March 30, 2015, 07:36:34 pm
It's 2025. The Illuminati has punched everyone in their BCG scars and implemented the NWO.  There's just a few vaccine opponents left.

They all have tuberculosis, but they're fighting bravely.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 31, 2015, 01:18:22 am
A corrupt priest sits rotting in a Vatican City jail after stealing parish funds to pay off gambling debts. One day, the Pope himself visits him, and tells him that the Antichrist has been born and that he must find a relic -- a book bound in Christ's foreskin, with vellum pages made from the hide of the original scape-goat, with instructions on how to defeat God's army in the end times -- and destroy it. In order to do so, he must use the training and skills he swore off when he joined the priesthood so many years before, and once again adopt the name he swore he would never again answer to -- James Bond.

OMG that's great!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on April 10, 2015, 02:19:05 am
You know that show "Wheeler Dealers" where one loud incompetent British guy buys shitty cars and gets his goofy looking mechanic to fix them? That, but robot bodies instead of cars. And maybe not British.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on April 10, 2015, 06:08:25 am
You know that show "Wheeler Dealers" where one loud incompetent British guy buys shitty cars and gets his goofy looking mechanic to fix them? That, but robot bodies instead of cars. And maybe not British.

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 10, 2015, 06:53:44 am
You know that show "Wheeler Dealers" where one loud incompetent British guy buys shitty cars and gets his goofy looking mechanic to fix them? That, but robot bodies instead of cars. And maybe not British.

Instead of British it's an anachronistic antebellum southern gentleman buying enslaved transformers he plans to force to work on his cotton plantation after they're repaired
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on April 10, 2015, 11:56:47 am
You know that show "Wheeler Dealers" where one loud incompetent British guy buys shitty cars and gets his goofy looking mechanic to fix them? That, but robot bodies instead of cars. And maybe not British.
What about just, like, broken and obsolete prosthetic limbs? But, like, bring one of the guys from the hot rod shows on. So, the prosthetic limbs are rebuilt and repainted with, like, flame decals and raygun-gothic-styling and built-in cigarette lighters and shit, then auctioned off for charity. "Pimp my arm"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Reginald Ret on April 10, 2015, 01:26:58 pm
You know that show "Wheeler Dealers" where one loud incompetent British guy buys shitty cars and gets his goofy looking mechanic to fix them? That, but robot bodies instead of cars. And maybe not British.
What about just, like, broken and obsolete prosthetic limbs? But, like, bring one of the guys from the hot rod shows on. So, the prosthetic limbs are rebuilt and repainted with, like, flame decals and raygun-gothic-styling and built-in cigarette lighters and shit, then auctioned off for charity. "Pimp my arm"


Relevant: http://www.ted.com/talks/scott_summit_beautiful_artificial_limbs
Quote

Prosthetics can’t replicate the look and feel of lost limbs but they can carry a lot of personality. At TEDxCambridge, Scott Summit shows 3D-printed, individually designed prosthetic legs that are unabashedly artificial and completely personal — from macho to fabulous.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on April 10, 2015, 08:51:20 pm
You know that show "Wheeler Dealers" where one loud incompetent British guy buys shitty cars and gets his goofy looking mechanic to fix them? That, but robot bodies instead of cars. And maybe not British.
What about just, like, broken and obsolete prosthetic limbs? But, like, bring one of the guys from the hot rod shows on. So, the prosthetic limbs are rebuilt and repainted with, like, flame decals and raygun-gothic-styling and built-in cigarette lighters and shit, then auctioned off for charity. "Pimp my arm"


Relevant: http://www.ted.com/talks/scott_summit_beautiful_artificial_limbs
Quote

Prosthetics can’t replicate the look and feel of lost limbs but they can carry a lot of personality. At TEDxCambridge, Scott Summit shows 3D-printed, individually designed prosthetic legs that are unabashedly artificial and completely personal — from macho to fabulous.

EXACTLY!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 14, 2015, 04:52:13 am
An alien civilization accidentally and unknowingly invades the Earth when it's von-Neumann-machine-esque automated mining probes land on Earth and start mining it out and stripping developments of their component metals, the probes not having been programmed with the possibility of encountering an inhabited planet in mind. The aliens themselves are completely unaware of this as the mining probes are not designed to send back or record data.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 15, 2015, 07:43:50 am
An alternate history in which the Axis powers won World War 2 because the Confederacy won the American Civil War and sided with the Nazis when World War 2 started
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Demolition Squid on April 15, 2015, 09:14:57 am
Bartholomew, struggling under the weight of his student loan and a failing job market, turns to selling burned DVDs in pubs. His infringement into their territory sees him and his band of copyright-hating brothers embroiled in a vicious turf war with the japanese Yakuza.

Pirates vs Ninjas.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Reginald Ret on April 16, 2015, 10:24:05 pm
Bartholomew, struggling under the weight of his student loan and a failing job market, turns to selling burned DVDs in pubs. His infringement into their territory sees him and his band of copyright-hating brothers embroiled in a vicious turf war with the japanese Yakuza.

Pirates vs Ninjas.
:lulz: That was painfully bad! I would watch that movie.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Eater of Clowns on April 18, 2015, 04:01:24 pm
In the filming of Star Wars (1977) George Lucas subconsciously alluded to a series of gruesome murders he committed during film school. In subsequent decades he vehemently disavowed the original film in favor or recuts and enhanced editions that eliminated his coded confession. Painstaking fan made recreations of the original lead to a horrifying discovery.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 19, 2015, 01:47:17 am
In the filming of Star Wars (1977) George Lucas subconsciously alluded to a series of gruesome murders he committed during film school. In subsequent decades he vehemently disavowed the original film in favor or recuts and enhanced editions that eliminated his coded confession. Painstaking fan made recreations of the original lead to a horrifying discovery.
Bodies buried near ranch in Marin County - G.L. Determined to cover evidence with building projects:
http://crooksandliars.com/2015/04/george-lucas-cant-build-studio-so-hes (http://crooksandliars.com/2015/04/george-lucas-cant-build-studio-so-hes)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on April 21, 2015, 12:19:02 pm
While researching the philosopher's stone in the modern day, a researcher makes the discovery that it was actually made once, and finds the creator. He discovers that possession of the philosopher's stone turns you into a vampire -- because human free will is one of the many impurities that the philosopher's stone burns away, and the 'perfected being' is unable to behave unethically because he is unable to resist natural law (and thus is subject to only animalistic urges of hunger and lust). However, being a pure material, the philosopher's stone is pretty highly reactive to certain things -- it will combust with the air if catalyzed by light (being the metal of metals, it has a strong photoelectric effect), water, or certain classes of acidic fumes (such as those produced by chopping garlic or onions).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Junkenstein on April 21, 2015, 06:09:48 pm
Corruption and shady dealings at the worlds first cyborg olympics.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 22, 2015, 07:51:31 am
A "biography" of BOB Dobbs or some similar discordiosubgenius figure stylistically parodying the Christian gospels; Written in the voice and idiom of the King James Bible and containing incidents such as BOB retreating into the desert for forty days during which time he stays at various Las Vegas resorts , BOB driving off demons and reconditioning them to harass scientologists, BOB driving proslytizers out of a shopping mall, opening the eyes of the blind with medicinal marijuana, feeding a multitude of 5000 people with Dominos pizzas that miraculously arrive late are thus free, turning water into urine, wine transfusions, yelling at trees, and finally BOB being scourged and crucified at a hardcore BDSM club.


EDIT:
A n incident similar to the "I bring not peace but a sword" line from Matthew 10:34 abruptly turns into a sales pitch for replica katanas
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on April 22, 2015, 10:12:58 pm
An immortal precog accidental cult leader must struggle with knowing the fact that, no matter what he does, his cult will grow and win battles against its detractors, and despite all his attempts, he will never die.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on April 23, 2015, 02:35:18 am
An immortal precog accidental cult leader must struggle with knowing the fact that, no matter what he does, his cult will grow and win battles against its detractors, and despite all his attempts, he will never die.
:lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 23, 2015, 07:42:24 am
While researching the philosopher's stone in the modern day, a researcher makes the discovery that it was actually made once, and finds the creator. He discovers that possession of the philosopher's stone turns you into a vampire -- because human free will is one of the many impurities that the philosopher's stone burns away, and the 'perfected being' is unable to behave unethically because he is unable to resist natural law (and thus is subject to only animalistic urges of hunger and lust). However, being a pure material, the philosopher's stone is pretty highly reactive to certain things -- it will combust with the air if catalyzed by light (being the metal of metals, it has a strong photoelectric effect), water, or certain classes of acidic fumes (such as those produced by chopping garlic or onions).
Okay, wait, how is the traditional behavior of Vampires coherent with the human understanding of Natural Law, if only that it presupposes providing for, instead of negating, free will?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on April 23, 2015, 12:49:38 pm
While researching the philosopher's stone in the modern day, a researcher makes the discovery that it was actually made once, and finds the creator. He discovers that possession of the philosopher's stone turns you into a vampire -- because human free will is one of the many impurities that the philosopher's stone burns away, and the 'perfected being' is unable to behave unethically because he is unable to resist natural law (and thus is subject to only animalistic urges of hunger and lust). However, being a pure material, the philosopher's stone is pretty highly reactive to certain things -- it will combust with the air if catalyzed by light (being the metal of metals, it has a strong photoelectric effect), water, or certain classes of acidic fumes (such as those produced by chopping garlic or onions).
Okay, wait, how is the traditional behavior of Vampires coherent with the human understanding of Natural Law, if only that it presupposes providing for, instead of negating, free will?

In this context, I'm assuming that natural law is hobbsean, and that vampires are 'perfect' in the way that the xenomorphs are 'perfect' according to the android in the first Alien movie.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 23, 2015, 11:49:48 pm
While researching the philosopher's stone in the modern day, a researcher makes the discovery that it was actually made once, and finds the creator. He discovers that possession of the philosopher's stone turns you into a vampire -- because human free will is one of the many impurities that the philosopher's stone burns away, and the 'perfected being' is unable to behave unethically because he is unable to resist natural law (and thus is subject to only animalistic urges of hunger and lust). However, being a pure material, the philosopher's stone is pretty highly reactive to certain things -- it will combust with the air if catalyzed by light (being the metal of metals, it has a strong photoelectric effect), water, or certain classes of acidic fumes (such as those produced by chopping garlic or onions).
Okay, wait, how is the traditional behavior of Vampires coherent with the human understanding of Natural Law, if only that it presupposes providing for, instead of negating, free will?

In this context, I'm assuming that natural law is hobbsean, and that vampires are 'perfect' in the way that the xenomorphs are 'perfect' according to the android in the first Alien movie.
That, is awesomely horrorific (sic.)!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 25, 2015, 07:33:34 pm
One of those fantasy novels where a little boy has a vision of heaven during a near-death experience (like Heaven is for Real or The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven), except instead of Heaven, he goes to Hell.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 27, 2015, 12:37:25 am
Protagonist enters racy relationship with girl he thought he used to know, but not really.  Soon he starts thinking she has an evil twin that sometimes tricks him into sleeping with her.  This scenario is facilitated by how her family is primarily composed of private sector ex-military plastic surgeons specializing in facial reconstruction.

Actually, the whole relationship is a set-up, to beta test how effective new procedures are at recreating semblances that are virtually indistinguishable from the original.  Turns out he was dating dozens of girls he thought to be the same, albeit somewhat moody, girl of good ol' southern country stock.  The results were very encouraging.

CUT TO
Protagonist finds himself at dinner, that, for some uncanny reason, he finds himself enjoying with /the/ top-dozen A-List of Hollywood actors, at the head of which he sits.  The conversation is, absurdly enough, about underwear, turning into a nightmare confessional of how many of them had slept with the same "model" girlfriend.

Things get worse as attention moves to our protagonist, and his date.  There is a hint that maybe she may have slept with at least one of the actors.  She turns to him and says "Honey, I have to tell you something..."  He then starts being debriefed on experiment and the actors confess to being impersonators themselves, with the added admonition that /he/ was the fool not to realize, or that, on some level, this is what he wanted.  It was a good ride, wasn't it?

Low rumbling noise in background starts getting louder, turning into sound of suction, drowning table conversation.  Protagonist POV rises, as though lifting off table - fade to white-ceiling.  Pump sounds morph to shrill ring-whistle-silence.  Then the first breath.   All plastic masks and tubes being torn off, seals broken:  Protagonist awakens to find himself being infact herself - the girl inside the dream.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 29, 2015, 08:08:48 am
Idea for short comedy skit: Dorian Gray has difficulty purchasing beer because the picture on his driver's license has aged but he himself hasn't
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 29, 2015, 10:34:02 am
Idea for short comedy skit: Dorian Gray has difficulty purchasing beer because the picture on his driver's license has aged but he himself hasn't
Just remember not to have any weed on you this time, Mnkay? :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on April 29, 2015, 06:18:01 pm
Idea for short comedy skit: Dorian Gray has difficulty purchasing beer because the picture on his driver's license has aged but he himself hasn't

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 30, 2015, 05:05:01 am
Thinking about the Soverign Citizen and Tea Party movements gave me the idea - though I don't have any details worked out yet - for a story about an an evil, paralell-universe version of Robin Hood and the Merry Men (not just a version where they're merely regular bandits and tax cheats, one where they border on supervillany and retain an active anti-tax agenda). Again, no idea what the details of the story would be.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 30, 2015, 08:14:34 am
Thinking about the Soverign Citizen and Tea Party movements gave me the idea - though I don't have any details worked out yet - for a story about an an evil, paralell-universe version of Robin Hood and the Merry Men (not just a version where they're merely regular bandits and tax cheats, one where they border on supervillany and retain an active anti-tax agenda). Again, no idea what the details of the story would be.
It starts with a personal letter from JP Morgan, stating that your account is up for review because PATRIOT ACT...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on May 15, 2015, 09:43:10 am
One of those insipid sci-fi cautionary tales about new technology and not playing god (ie. things like "Frankenstein", "Jurassic Park", "Event Horizon", "The Lazarus Effect", "Forbidden Planet", and any movie where a sentient AI computer takes control of the world's nukes), except about some already existing and well established and more-or-less uncontroversial technology (such as air travel, or blood transfusions, or motion pictures) that everyone already knows to have no such issues, but which is presented as having serious and omnipervasive moral and safety issues of a highly dubious nature. A recipient of a blood transfusion might start exhibiting all of the donor's negative personality traits for example, or an airplane might somehow leave the atmosphere and drift off helplessly into space, or somethong like that.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Reginald Ret on May 15, 2015, 09:56:07 am
One of those insipid sci-fi cautionary tales about new technology and not playing god (ie. things like "Frankenstein", "Jurassic Park", "Event Horizon", "The Lazarus Effect", "Forbidden Planet", and any movie where a sentient AI computer takes control of the world's nukes), except about some already existing and well established and more-or-less uncontroversial technology (such as air travel, or blood transfusions, or motion pictures) that everyone already knows to have no such issues, but which is presented as having serious and omnipervasive moral and safety issues of a highly dubious nature. A recipient of a blood transfusion might start exhibiting all of the donor's negative personality traits for example, or an airplane might somehow leave the atmosphere and drift off helplessly into space, or somethong like that.
OH man, I would love seeing a movie about that!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on May 15, 2015, 10:01:23 am
2012 actually did happen.  It's just that those remaining didnt recognize the absence of those departed.  A parallel world aleady exists concurrent to the otherwise consensus reality.  Topically reflected in things such as "Darknet", the mainstream channels such as YouTube also sometimes show hints of this:  transport time-code numbers start moving backwards as songs turn into personalized serenades, played by the devil himself.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on May 15, 2015, 10:31:36 am
One of those insipid sci-fi cautionary tales about new technology and not playing god (ie. things like "Frankenstein", "Jurassic Park", "Event Horizon", "The Lazarus Effect", "Forbidden Planet", and any movie where a sentient AI computer takes control of the world's nukes), except about some already existing and well established and more-or-less uncontroversial technology (such as air travel, or blood transfusions, or motion pictures) that everyone already knows to have no such issues, but which is presented as having serious and omnipervasive moral and safety issues of a highly dubious nature. A recipient of a blood transfusion might start exhibiting all of the donor's negative personality traits for example, or an airplane might somehow leave the atmosphere and drift off helplessly into space, or somethong like that.

While yours would be different because it's intentional, the best example I'm aware of of this being *unintentional* is Alrune, a German movie from the 30s about how children conceived via in-vitro fertilization are evil sadistic sluts because they don't have souls.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Junkenstein on May 15, 2015, 01:09:36 pm
One of those insipid sci-fi cautionary tales about new technology and not playing god (ie. things like "Frankenstein", "Jurassic Park", "Event Horizon", "The Lazarus Effect", "Forbidden Planet", and any movie where a sentient AI computer takes control of the world's nukes), except about some already existing and well established and more-or-less uncontroversial technology (such as air travel, or blood transfusions, or motion pictures) that everyone already knows to have no such issues, but which is presented as having serious and omnipervasive moral and safety issues of a highly dubious nature. A recipient of a blood transfusion might start exhibiting all of the donor's negative personality traits for example, or an airplane might somehow leave the atmosphere and drift off helplessly into space, or somethong like that.

AI is created to stimulate economic growth. Assess levels of productivity created by one car crash and promptly creates national and international disasters to boost business.

The economy has never been better but everything everywhere is now a deathtrap.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Reginald Ret on May 15, 2015, 02:26:48 pm
One of those insipid sci-fi cautionary tales about new technology and not playing god (ie. things like "Frankenstein", "Jurassic Park", "Event Horizon", "The Lazarus Effect", "Forbidden Planet", and any movie where a sentient AI computer takes control of the world's nukes), except about some already existing and well established and more-or-less uncontroversial technology (such as air travel, or blood transfusions, or motion pictures) that everyone already knows to have no such issues, but which is presented as having serious and omnipervasive moral and safety issues of a highly dubious nature. A recipient of a blood transfusion might start exhibiting all of the donor's negative personality traits for example, or an airplane might somehow leave the atmosphere and drift off helplessly into space, or somethong like that.

AI is created to stimulate economic growth. Assess levels of productivity created by one car crash and promptly creates national and international disasters to boost business.

The economy has never been better but everything everywhere is now a deathtrap.
:lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on May 19, 2015, 07:56:17 am
-Something with a race of robotic beings that evolved from Von Neumann Probes sent out by an ancient and long vanished alien civilization

EDIT:
also...
-A baseball umpire or other sports referee who makes a lot of bad calls turns out to be an avatar of Azathoth. Or perhaps it turns out that all baseball umpires and miscellaneous sports referees are avatars of Azathoth. Certainly referees and Azathoth are the only classes of beings that routinely get called "blind idiot"s
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on May 24, 2015, 10:50:15 am
-Something with a race of robotic beings that evolved from Von Neumann Probes sent out by an ancient and long vanished alien civilization

EDIT:
also...
-A baseball umpire or other sports referee who makes a lot of bad calls turns out to be an avatar of Azathoth. Or perhaps it turns out that all baseball umpires and miscellaneous sports referees are avatars of Azathoth. Certainly referees and Azathoth are the only classes of beings that routinely get called "blind idiot"s

- protagonist becomes Azathoth, realizing that the miniature alien crafts are flying american flags.  Upon understanding that he both fornicated with, and also murdered some of his progenitors, our hero physically blinds himself, accidentally, only losing one eye.

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on May 24, 2015, 05:50:40 pm
i had meant them as two seperate ideas, but that works (i think)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on May 25, 2015, 06:46:07 am
i had meant them as two seperate ideas, but that works (i think)
Maybe the attempt at synthesis will yield a most lovable monster, that I would set free to pleasently roam some pastoral field in the English countryside.  Or maybe then I'd also advertise an exotic game hunting expedition, for Bigfoot, or it's exiled cousin, with a surprise predator-prey style role-reversal in the third act.  All of it would be televised, live, of course, mixing narrative viewpoints from hidden camera footage with 1st person player perspective and respective cam feeds.  One of the players is a paid actor, provoking things if/when nescesary.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on May 30, 2015, 04:22:25 am
Just because it's such a delightfully bad pun, how about a porno about gay scientists entitled "Large Hard-on Collider"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on May 30, 2015, 07:56:32 am
http://largehardoncollider.com/
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on May 30, 2015, 11:21:01 pm
Biggie and 2Pac headline for Elvis Presley at Anastasia Romanov's extravagant hundred-and-somethingth birthday party
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 01, 2015, 02:42:29 am
By making the most out of his access to advanced technology and large sums of money, Batman becomes incredibly effective at defeating petty criminals and preventing petty crime. As a result, the police force -- who once was outnumbered by criminals and felt heroic every time they launched into the fray -- now feels redundant. Justice-minded people stop joining the police force, because the police force is dwarfed in its ability to maintain justice by Batman and his BatDrone army; instead, the only people joining the police force are would-be criminals who would like to use their position of minor power for personal gain. Over time, as old guard police die off (by a combination of old age, conspiracy by other corrupt cops, and being the only ones willing to dive headlong into a suicidal attempt to keep the peace in an area where the BatDrones are temporarily ineffective), Batman mostly ends up trying to prevent police corruption -- and thus is targeted by the police union (which at this point has essentially become the mafia). What follows is a war between Batman and the entire Gotham police force. Batman wins, but the news travels beyond the area where the context would be clear -- and what is understood elsewhere is that Batman killed the entire police force in the most crime-ridden city in america. He is arrested and executed in texas, during a failed attempt to escape to Mexico.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 05, 2015, 04:49:32 pm
As he did with the flood and the plagues of Egypt, God decides to send disasters to punish the sins of mankind. In response, Satan creates a team of superheroes to protect humanity. Ideally this would form the basis of a super-sentai style TV series.



[spoiler]
By making the most out of his access to advanced technology and large sums of money, Batman becomes incredibly effective at defeating petty criminals and preventing petty crime. As a result, the police force -- who once was outnumbered by criminals and felt heroic every time they launched into the fray -- now feels redundant. Justice-minded people stop joining the police force, because the police force is dwarfed in its ability to maintain justice by Batman and his BatDrone army; instead, the only people joining the police force are would-be criminals who would like to use their position of minor power for personal gain. Over time, as old guard police die off (by a combination of old age, conspiracy by other corrupt cops, and being the only ones willing to dive headlong into a suicidal attempt to keep the peace in an area where the BatDrones are temporarily ineffective), Batman mostly ends up trying to prevent police corruption -- and thus is targeted by the police union (which at this point has essentially become the mafia). What follows is a war between Batman and the entire Gotham police force. Batman wins, but the news travels beyond the area where the context would be clear -- and what is understood elsewhere is that Batman killed the entire police force in the most crime-ridden city in america. He is arrested and executed in texas, during a failed attempt to escape to Mexico.[/spoiler]

that's pretty good
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on June 08, 2015, 02:04:29 am
By making the most out of his access to advanced technology and large sums of money, Batman becomes incredibly effective at defeating petty criminals and preventing petty crime. As a result, the police force -- who once was outnumbered by criminals and felt heroic every time they launched into the fray -- now feels redundant. Justice-minded people stop joining the police force, because the police force is dwarfed in its ability to maintain justice by Batman and his BatDrone army; instead, the only people joining the police force are would-be criminals who would like to use their position of minor power for personal gain. Over time, as old guard police die off (by a combination of old age, conspiracy by other corrupt cops, and being the only ones willing to dive headlong into a suicidal attempt to keep the peace in an area where the BatDrones are temporarily ineffective), Batman mostly ends up trying to prevent police corruption -- and thus is targeted by the police union (which at this point has essentially become the mafia). What follows is a war between Batman and the entire Gotham police force. Batman wins, but the news travels beyond the area where the context would be clear -- and what is understood elsewhere is that Batman killed the entire police force in the most crime-ridden city in america. He is arrested and executed in texas, during a failed attempt to escape to Mexico.
I'd read the hell out of this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 08, 2015, 02:09:29 am
By making the most out of his access to advanced technology and large sums of money, Batman becomes incredibly effective at defeating petty criminals and preventing petty crime. As a result, the police force -- who once was outnumbered by criminals and felt heroic every time they launched into the fray -- now feels redundant. Justice-minded people stop joining the police force, because the police force is dwarfed in its ability to maintain justice by Batman and his BatDrone army; instead, the only people joining the police force are would-be criminals who would like to use their position of minor power for personal gain. Over time, as old guard police die off (by a combination of old age, conspiracy by other corrupt cops, and being the only ones willing to dive headlong into a suicidal attempt to keep the peace in an area where the BatDrones are temporarily ineffective), Batman mostly ends up trying to prevent police corruption -- and thus is targeted by the police union (which at this point has essentially become the mafia). What follows is a war between Batman and the entire Gotham police force. Batman wins, but the news travels beyond the area where the context would be clear -- and what is understood elsewhere is that Batman killed the entire police force in the most crime-ridden city in america. He is arrested and executed in texas, during a failed attempt to escape to Mexico.

This would make theeee best finale to the Batman movies.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 08, 2015, 02:57:13 am
The story follows a bitter and protracted conflict between a corporation and striking uni0n workers. It ends with the consumers informing workers and management alike that they are no longer needed because a machine has been invented that cheaply performs the same service that the company did in the comfort of people's homes.

EDIT:
Another story idea,

Dracula or some other noteworthy vampire story retold under the assumption that "vampirism" is a actually a manifestation of the Cotard Delusion (a psychological disorder characterized by a persistent delusion by the patient that they are dead and a diminished ability to associate their reflection in the mirror with themself).

EDIT:
Yet another idea,

The story can't make up it's mind whether the talking animal protagonist is treated like a real animal or like a person. On his way to work, Mister Squeakers the mouse is caught in a glue trap, subjected to a kafkaesque trial, found guilty of being a mouse, and drowned in a bucket of water.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 13, 2015, 08:54:40 pm
Planet Terroir!
A group of anthropologists discover the oldest cheese in existence, in a hidden chamber deep in a cave in France. But soon, they discovered exactly why the unique civilization that created it had died out, and why the tooth marks on the bones in the burial chamber looked suspiciously human...
The cheese, made from the milk of an extinct relative of the ibex, contains an unusual parasite that, given a particular stable range of temperature, humidity, and pH, can lay dormant for thousands of years. Upon consumption by a hominid, after an incubation period of about 24 hours, this parasite begins feeding on a particular part of the brainstem related to regulation of appetite -- those infected are overcome with an insatiable hunger, and after consuming all available food, they often begin engaging in cannibalism.
The way the parasite is defeated is two-fold. One: the parasite can be killed via pasteurization. Two: because the parasite can only perform certain aspects of its life cycle in the mammary glands of this extinct animal (which is unaffected neurologically by it), you can wait it out -- the infected, if kept from being eaten, eating themselves, or killing themselves through some other method, are cured after twelve days because all the parasites die out.
The sequel involves a rewilding initiative that clones genetically modified ibexes who just so happen to have bodies close enough to the extinct form for a new, more virulent strain of the parasite to form and grow in the population, eventually infecting other wildlife.

TL;DR: a zombie movie about the dangers of raw dairy.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on June 16, 2015, 09:27:10 pm
Planet Terroir!
A group of anthropologists discover the oldest cheese in existence, in a hidden chamber deep in a cave in France. But soon, they discovered exactly why the unique civilization that created it had died out, and why the tooth marks on the bones in the burial chamber looked suspiciously human...
The cheese, made from the milk of an extinct relative of the ibex, contains an unusual parasite that, given a particular stable range of temperature, humidity, and pH, can lay dormant for thousands of years. Upon consumption by a hominid, after an incubation period of about 24 hours, this parasite begins feeding on a particular part of the brainstem related to regulation of appetite -- those infected are overcome with an insatiable hunger, and after consuming all available food, they often begin engaging in cannibalism.
The way the parasite is defeated is two-fold. One: the parasite can be killed via pasteurization. Two: because the parasite can only perform certain aspects of its life cycle in the mammary glands of this extinct animal (which is unaffected neurologically by it), you can wait it out -- the infected, if kept from being eaten, eating themselves, or killing themselves through some other method, are cured after twelve days because all the parasites die out.
The sequel involves a rewilding initiative that clones genetically modified ibexes who just so happen to have bodies close enough to the extinct form for a new, more virulent strain of the parasite to form and grow in the population, eventually infecting other wildlife.

TL;DR: a zombie movie about the dangers of raw dairy.

This one's compelling on a bunch of levels - the ibex reference reverberated through my office, leading me to find a drenched hard bound copy of 'On Self Reliance' sprouting colonies of mold from a not entirely recent water-cooler malfunction.  Oh, yea, the sprouting Emmerson was hiding under a pair of Ibex pants. 

I know it's all just magical thinking, still the coincidence was narrow enough to warrent sharing.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 17, 2015, 06:18:30 am
A kind of Alien Nation meets Demolition Man meets What GamerGaters Really Believe(tm), wherein a bigoted Cop Who Doesn't Play By The Rules is paired up with a robotic Political Officer whose only job is to correct him on police vocabulary guidelines and prevent him from causing a diplomatic incident by offending one of the many species of alien staying on the space habitat New New Amsterdam (explicitly meant to be a torus-shaped 70s-era New York City), wherein large numbers of alien 'diplomats' are dubious and popular opinion is that they are really essentially refugees or random proles that alien governments have pawned off on the humans. After managing to ditch the robot while investigating a group of aliens whose status in his mind goes from "taking our jobs" to "engaging in an actual criminal conspiracy", he accidentally discovers that the whole thing is being managed by high-ranking members of the human government on the ring, putting pressure on alien governments to import 'diplomats' as slave labor in order to build the barely-sub-lightspeed nuclear rockets they are using to threaten the governments with, and that furthermore these 'diplomats' are all dying off because of planned exposure to radiation leaks. He is discovered, and just as he's about to be killed, the robot saves him by demonstrating that his stubby little useless arms are actually rocket-propelled tasers (the reason the robot never helped out before is that they can only be used once, after which point he is scrapped, because the propellant is the most expensive part of his construction). Our main character, fundamentally changed by the experience (realizing that his bigotry was essentially culturally programmed into him as part of a plan to make exactly this kind of behavior seem acceptable), quits his job in order to save the robot from being scrapped and they run away together to an alien planet, where they live together under assumed identities, and -- it is heavily implied -- having a forbidden human/robot sexual relationship.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Dubya on June 17, 2015, 06:45:36 pm
I'd buy download that movie.

Id actually pay money to see it if they got Sean Bean to play the cop and either Eddie Murphy or Patrick Stewart to voice the robot.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 18, 2015, 09:51:10 pm
An evangelical christian minister becomes a serial killer after he becomes convinced that he is in hell and that by killing people he can send them to be judged again -- as a result, he stalks and kills the most saintly people he can find.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on June 18, 2015, 10:58:48 pm
I like it, but it should be like I Am Legend, so the audience thinks he's the protagonist.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chucklemaster on June 19, 2015, 12:50:07 am
A wandering hobo stumbles across an enchanted forest whose denizens are all elitist assholes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Reginald Ret on June 19, 2015, 07:51:54 am
An evangelical christian minister becomes a serial killer after he becomes convinced that he is in hell and that by killing people he can send them to be judged again -- as a result, he stalks and kills the most saintly people he can find.
I like it, but it should be like I Am Legend, so the audience thinks he's the protagonist.
Great!

A wandering hobo stumbles across an enchanted forest whose denizens are all elitist assholes.
I don't get it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 19, 2015, 09:23:32 pm
A famous genius scientist suffers from a degenerative disorder, yet lives to an unheard-of age in part due to the help of an incredible support network that keeps him physically healthy and supplies him with technology that helps him communicate despite having fewer and fewer muscles he's actually able to control. At one point, the scientist becomes a centenarian and he is interviewed about it (since it's rare enough to live to 100, but he is the first person with his disease to live to 100 without a loss of his mental faculties) but he is unable to stay on-topic and instead keeps returning to topics he frequently lectures on. Doctors initially believe he may have had a stroke immediately before the interview, but after some investigation with state of the art brain-imaging technology, discover that he has been completely brain-dead for ten years -- the technology that helped him communicate, along with the support network that improved it, was solely responsible for the work attributed to him during that period.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on June 19, 2015, 09:50:43 pm
A famous genius scientist suffers from a degenerative disorder, yet lives to an unheard-of age in part due to the help of an incredible support network that keeps him physically healthy and supplies him with technology that helps him communicate despite having fewer and fewer muscles he's actually able to control. At one point, the scientist becomes a centenarian and he is interviewed about it (since it's rare enough to live to 100, but he is the first person with his disease to live to 100 without a loss of his mental faculties) but he is unable to stay on-topic and instead keeps returning to topics he frequently lectures on. Doctors initially believe he may have had a stroke immediately before the interview, but after some investigation with state of the art brain-imaging technology, discover that he has been completely brain-dead for ten years -- the technology that helped him communicate, along with the support network that improved it, was solely responsible for the work attributed to him during that period.

I see someone else read that article about Steven Hawking...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on June 19, 2015, 10:32:25 pm
Rocko's on a roll!

This last one too, is great.  So, is it that the information is simply on repeat, without a controller?  Or, was the scientist simply a modulator of the signal, and if so, where did it originate?  Was the source a cabal of trans dimensional machine-elf-gremlins intent on enslaving humanity, or, a secret illuminati conspiracy for the beneficial advancement of mind-kind?

A famous genius scientist suffers from a degenerative disorder, yet lives to an unheard-of age in part due to the help of an incredible support network that keeps him physically healthy and supplies him with technology that helps him communicate despite having fewer and fewer muscles he's actually able to control. At one point, the scientist becomes a centenarian and he is interviewed about it (since it's rare enough to live to 100, but he is the first person with his disease to live to 100 without a loss of his mental faculties) but he is unable to stay on-topic and instead keeps returning to topics he frequently lectures on. Doctors initially believe he may have had a stroke immediately before the interview, but after some investigation with state of the art brain-imaging technology, discover that he has been completely brain-dead for ten years -- the technology that helped him communicate, along with the support network that improved it, was solely responsible for the work attributed to him during that period.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on June 19, 2015, 10:41:40 pm
Rocko's on a roll!

This last one too, is great.  So, is it that the information is simply on repeat, without a controller?  Or, was the scientist simply a modulator of the signal, and if so, where did it originate?  Was the source a cabal of trans dimensional machine-elf-gremlins intent on enslaving humanity, or, a secret illuminati conspiracy for the beneficial advancement of mind-kind?

A famous genius scientist suffers from a degenerative disorder, yet lives to an unheard-of age in part due to the help of an incredible support network that keeps him physically healthy and supplies him with technology that helps him communicate despite having fewer and fewer muscles he's actually able to control. At one point, the scientist becomes a centenarian and he is interviewed about it (since it's rare enough to live to 100, but he is the first person with his disease to live to 100 without a loss of his mental faculties) but he is unable to stay on-topic and instead keeps returning to topics he frequently lectures on. Doctors initially believe he may have had a stroke immediately before the interview, but after some investigation with state of the art brain-imaging technology, discover that he has been completely brain-dead for ten years -- the technology that helped him communicate, along with the support network that improved it, was solely responsible for the work attributed to him during that period.

Read this: http://www.wired.com/2013/01/hawking-machine-man-robots/
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 19, 2015, 10:53:05 pm
Hawking's speech synthesizer has an interface a lot like the predictive text function on your phone. Only, controlled by his cheek muscles. So, the idea is that, in this case, he's having random cheek spasms and the prediction mechanism generates sensible sentences given random input.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 22, 2015, 12:30:23 pm
In the near future, Russia and Japan join forces to standardize a method by which they can assuage their shared problem of declining birth rates and aging populations without allowing an influx of immigrants, essentially by taking enforced sperm and egg donations from their existing population (from high school seniors once a year) and then combining them entirely at random, raising the children via the orphanage system. Fast forward seventy years and there's an international culture wherein most of the population in first-world countries grew up as wards of the state, mate selection plays essentially no part in the general direction of population attributes, giving birth is a high-paced high-paying profession comparable to professional sports where women who have given birth a large number of times get medals for achievement and reality TV shows when they hit menopause, and having children for free or raising children is considered gauche and a little uncivilized -- something that only poor people do. Being pregnant has the same cultural stigma as being sixteen and pregnant has now. Furthermore, the particular neuroses common to people raised in orphanages without the support of caring elders become more or less universal elements of society and popular culture (to a greater extreme, because these state-run child-rearing facilities are now mostly being staffed by Japanese-made health-care robots). On the positive side, in this society there's no stigma attached to any shade of sexuality aside from breeding (there are, essentially, no siblings anymore and there's no nuclear-family-driven ideologies), and gender identity is mostly very fluid because it's cheaper to discourage strong gender roles in large child-care facilities. On the negative side, overt aggression and competitiveness is common, as is depression and difficulty demonstrating affection in healthy ways.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 22, 2015, 08:44:57 pm
In the near future, Russia and Japan join forces to standardize a method by which they can assuage their shared problem of declining birth rates and aging populations without allowing an influx of immigrants, essentially by taking enforced sperm and egg donations from their existing population (from high school seniors once a year) and then combining them entirely at random, raising the children via the orphanage system. Fast forward seventy years and there's an international culture wherein most of the population in first-world countries grew up as wards of the state, mate selection plays essentially no part in the general direction of population attributes, giving birth is a high-paced high-paying profession comparable to professional sports where women who have given birth a large number of times get medals for achievement and reality TV shows when they hit menopause, and having children for free or raising children is considered gauche and a little uncivilized -- something that only poor people do. Being pregnant has the same cultural stigma as being sixteen and pregnant has now. Furthermore, the particular neuroses common to people raised in orphanages without the support of caring elders become more or less universal elements of society and popular culture (to a greater extreme, because these state-run child-rearing facilities are now mostly being staffed by Japanese-made health-care robots). On the positive side, in this society there's no stigma attached to any shade of sexuality aside from breeding (there are, essentially, no siblings anymore and there's no nuclear-family-driven ideologies), and gender identity is mostly very fluid because it's cheaper to discourage strong gender roles in large child-care facilities. On the negative side, overt aggression and competitiveness is common, as is depression and difficulty demonstrating affection in healthy ways.

That sounds kind of like Brave New World, possibly combined with Shock Treatment and Hivebent

It does sound like it would make a good dystopian sci-fi movie
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 23, 2015, 10:46:06 pm
In a city where expensive and highly competitive private security organizations dominate law enforcement, a wealthy playboy becomes a masked vigilante and protects the poor from each other and from corrupt cops for free, until the powers that be decided that he is unfairly undercutting the professionals and open season is declared on him by Police Commissioner Gordon Gekko.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 26, 2015, 02:49:07 am
A METI/SETI project makes first contact with nearby sentient extraterrestrials, who visit for diplomatic reasons. These beings, who evolved on a planet similar to ours but now mostly live in generation ships, are amphibious carnivorous arachnids with tentacles and chitinous wings who resemble snakes, spiders, dragons, cockroaches, and great cats in almost equal measure -- relatively solitary animals with a habit of playing with their food. Almost over night, religious cults spring up either worshipping these beings or claiming that they are demons sent to bring about the end times. During the course of normal negotiations, it's mentioned that it's strange that these aliens just so happened to have their ship so close, and they admit that in fact they have been in a highly eccentric orbit around earth for millions of years, historically using it as a hunting preserve. Long periods of massive organized predation of early homonids and their ancestors by these aliens shaped the form of current humanity along with implanting certain kinds of nearly universal fears. Despite all this, we come to develop a good trading relationship with the aliens, and we allow them to hunt for sport in various parts of the world in limited ways in exchange for various advanced technologies. But, from that point on, whenever diplomats come to visit, they do so in exoskeletons that hide their body morphology.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 27, 2015, 09:56:01 am
The movie follows the life of a Japanese youth who Joins the Japanese army during World War 2. The religious aspect of WW2 era Japanese propaganda is featured prominently; the protagonist buys into it. The film comes to an abrupt end when the protagonist is unceremoniously killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before even shipping out. In place of music, the end credits are accompanied by an audio sample of the scene from Beneath the Planet of the Apes where Mendez and his followers worship a nuclear bomb.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 27, 2015, 10:32:06 am
Peaceable contact is made with seemingly benevolent space aliens. The aliens give humanity access to many fantastic new technologies ushering in a new era pf prosperity. This era of prospsrity is, however, beset by an increased frequency of natural disasters, and by a worldwide rash of increasingly bizarre and bloody large-scale accidents.

Unbeknownst to anyone the actual purpose of the aliens' visit is to engineer these accidents for their own sadistic amusement. Furthermore it was the aliens who seeded this planet - one of thousands - with intelligent life solely for this purpose.

After carefully orchestrated series of orchestrated misunderstandings, diplomatic gaffes, and faulty readings from spy equipment, civilization is wiped out by a massive nuclear exchange on a day when all of the otherworldly visitors are conveniently off world. The Earth is then replanted and ldft "until next time".

(think of it as sort of a thematic combination of the works of the Wachowski bros, Rod Sterling, and the Marquis de Sade)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 27, 2015, 03:11:00 pm
First contact is made with an intelligent race of aliens who visit the planet physically. Unfortunately, they communicate only through emission of prions, which are absorbed via an organ resembling human olfactory apparatus. The results in humans of attempts at communicating with these aliens is indistinguishable from the results of brain-targetting prion diseases like kuruka and mad cow disease.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on June 30, 2015, 09:26:43 am
Alternative Conflicts.

Yes we have indeed been contacted by aliens intent on serving us.  Good will notwithstanding, yes, to rip off The Twilight Zone, what they mean is to serve us in a mobile interstellar equivalent of a food-truck, to other alien gourmands in search of exotic delicacies.  Now, in the fashion of consuming other similarly offal things, pun intended, sometimes taste is sacrificed to the gods of effect.  This results in a premium placed on particular parts of the human organism.

While certain cretins can be fooled into consuming shameful organs, the real human treat is in the double P's, or pineal and pituitary.  Now, much like our own beef consumption, some meat is premium because of how it was, er, treated.  Think Kobe, free range, pasture fed or whatever.  Again, although humans regard this a matter of taste, aliens are more concerned with effects.

Turns out, for them, prime human cuts contain high levels of endogenous peptide-amines.  They trip-out on farm-raised norepinephrine and DMT, not to mention all those other endorphins, to round off the edges.

That's why there is a war on drugs, to prevent receptor up regulation and stop our being decimated by alien gastronomic tourism.

Fuck, I think I used that trope already.
[must be the prions]
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 01, 2015, 08:18:01 am
The denizens of a simulated reality create a simulated reality of their own. This threatens to overload the computer on which the first simulated reality runs
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on July 01, 2015, 08:33:33 am
The denizens of a simulated reality create a simulated reality of their own. This threatens to overload the computer on which the first simulated reality runs
Meltdown from overload results in supernova as all negative energy-density trapped in quantum bits first explodes, then curves back on itself becoming first information-based black hole.  Surface of event horizon houses monstrous synthesis of reality, developing inside the product of two nested simulations.  Inhabitants of "realty" quickly forget there was was a difference between fiction and fact.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on July 03, 2015, 09:45:33 am
Fuck, it's like the story of my life.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 04, 2015, 02:06:01 am
A pseudo-documentary about the prejudice and stereotypes faced by anthropomorphic lizard people (ie. "they run all the major political parties" etc.)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 04, 2015, 02:25:41 am
A pseudo-documentary about the prejudice and stereotypes faced by anthropomorphic lizard people (ie. "they run all the major political parties" etc.)
:lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 05, 2015, 03:38:48 pm
Around the world, in every religious group that values producing large numbers of children, there are infiltrators from a secret society -- a vast network of family lines dedicated since antiquity to ensure a steady supply of seventh sons of seventh sons, the only ones who can sense the great tide of invisible demons waiting to consume the earth, and the ones bound by tradition to keep them at bay.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 09, 2015, 06:39:12 am
A satire of sensationalistic celebrity biopics focusing on an entertainer who uses entirely too much aspirin and other over the counter painkillers
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 09, 2015, 08:24:37 am
Horror film- unbeknownst to the new hires at a fast food restaurant they are there as the food

Horror film- one of those evil-reanimated-hand flicks, but instead of a reanimated hand that crawls arounds and strangles people it's a reanimated butt that flies around by farting and kills people with toxic farts. Nobody in the film acknowledges either how ridiculous or how vulgar this is.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 11, 2015, 08:26:11 am
A private eye who is also a serial killer. He gets hired to find out what has become of people who were, in fact, killed by him. He waits a week or two, then announces to the client that he has solved the case; he gets paid, says "it was me who did it" shoots the client and waits for someone to hire him to find wou what happened to them, thus ensuring a steady supply of business.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on July 11, 2015, 09:35:27 pm
^ i would read the shit outta that.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 15, 2015, 12:57:05 am
A comedy of errors style 'memoir' detailing the political intrigues of a number of people involved in a network of community-owned sex dungeons over the course of forty years, focusing on in-fighting and manouvering. Sort of The West Wing meets Election meets House of Cards set in a naked rotary club.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 15, 2015, 11:02:52 pm
A formerly aristocratic family of vampires who went to ground in the Florida everglades after the Civil War took away their primary means of protecting themselves from townspeople (and their primary food supply) come unexpectedly face to face with modernity a hundred years later, when a hippie with an organic chemistry background wanders into their hippo enclave and (after they take him prisoner) falls in love with their (middle, apparently-16-years-old-but-actually-150) daughter. After an acid trip, they decide to run away together by hijacking one of the hippos, and the remaining family descends into petty infighting over their inability to do anything about it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 16, 2015, 02:36:52 am
A formerly aristocratic family of vampires who went to ground in the Florida everglades after the Civil War took away their primary means of protecting themselves from townspeople (and their primary food supply) come unexpectedly face to face with modernity a hundred years later, when a hippie with an organic chemistry background wanders into their hippo enclave and (after they take him prisoner) falls in love with their (middle, apparently-16-years-old-but-actually-150) daughter. After an acid trip, they decide to run away together by hijacking one of the hippos, and the remaining family descends into petty infighting over their inability to do anything about it.

I'm unclear where the hippos came from but I love the imagery.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on July 16, 2015, 03:03:20 am
From the hippo store, one presumes.

Also this: http://www.wired.com/2013/12/hippopotamus-ranching/
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 16, 2015, 03:07:16 am
From the hippo store, one presumes.

Also this: http://www.wired.com/2013/12/hippopotamus-ranching/

I just HAWHAWHAWed out loud. I am now so, so disappointed that hippo farms, and the inevitable feral hippo and resultant invasive hippo problem, never came to fruition.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Junkenstein on July 16, 2015, 12:11:58 pm
From the hippo store, one presumes.

Also this: http://www.wired.com/2013/12/hippopotamus-ranching/

I just HAWHAWHAWed out loud. I am now so, so disappointed that hippo farms, and the inevitable feral hippo and resultant invasive hippo problem, never came to fruition.

Hey. Hey guys.

Remember Pablo Escobar's hippos?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27905743

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A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them.

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Nobody knows how many there are. The local environmental authority, which bears responsibility for them, estimates between 50 and 60, with most living in the lake at the park. But 12 are known to have paddled past the flimsy fence and into the nearby Magdalena River - and maybe many more.

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How much the hippos like Colombia can be judged from how much sex they are having. In Africa they usually become sexually active between the ages of seven and nine for males, and nine and 11 for females, but Pablo Escobar's hippos are becoming sexually active as young as three. All the fertile females are reported to be giving birth to a calf every year.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on July 16, 2015, 03:55:00 pm
Hippo is said to taste quite nice, "hippo meat is one of the finest of game foods … The taste is mild, less than lamb and more than beef, slightly more marbled than usual venison. It tastes exactly like, well, hippo."

Escobar's Hippo Burgers Inc has a potential future, is all I'm saying.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 16, 2015, 04:50:03 pm
From the hippo store, one presumes.

Also this: http://www.wired.com/2013/12/hippopotamus-ranching/

I just HAWHAWHAWed out loud. I am now so, so disappointed that hippo farms, and the inevitable feral hippo and resultant invasive hippo problem, never came to fruition.

Hey. Hey guys.

Remember Pablo Escobar's hippos?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27905743

Quote
A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them.

Quote
Nobody knows how many there are. The local environmental authority, which bears responsibility for them, estimates between 50 and 60, with most living in the lake at the park. But 12 are known to have paddled past the flimsy fence and into the nearby Magdalena River - and maybe many more.

Quote
How much the hippos like Colombia can be judged from how much sex they are having. In Africa they usually become sexually active between the ages of seven and nine for males, and nine and 11 for females, but Pablo Escobar's hippos are becoming sexually active as young as three. All the fertile females are reported to be giving birth to a calf every year.

 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :horrormirth:

I am sure this will shape up to be some kind of disaster for the  local ecosystem. Still, there is an irony, given that they are now endangered in Africa.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 17, 2015, 05:15:37 am
From the hippo store, one presumes.

Also this: http://www.wired.com/2013/12/hippopotamus-ranching/

I just HAWHAWHAWed out loud. I am now so, so disappointed that hippo farms, and the inevitable feral hippo and resultant invasive hippo problem, never came to fruition.

Hey. Hey guys.

Remember Pablo Escobar's hippos?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27905743

Quote
A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them.

Quote
Nobody knows how many there are. The local environmental authority, which bears responsibility for them, estimates between 50 and 60, with most living in the lake at the park. But 12 are known to have paddled past the flimsy fence and into the nearby Magdalena River - and maybe many more.

Quote
How much the hippos like Colombia can be judged from how much sex they are having. In Africa they usually become sexually active between the ages of seven and nine for males, and nine and 11 for females, but Pablo Escobar's hippos are becoming sexually active as young as three. All the fertile females are reported to be giving birth to a calf every year.

 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :horrormirth:

I am sure this will shape up to be some kind of disaster for the  local ecosystem. Still, there is an irony, given that they are now endangered in Africa.

Story idea:
A slightly unhinged environmentalist deliberately tries to create exactly such a situation with the plan of eventually rounding up the hippos and transporting them to Africa.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 19, 2015, 03:14:22 am
In the near future, sensory deprivation space tours become popular among the west-coast-hippie-billionaire set ("Explore inner space -- from outer space!"). Such things are relatively profitable, because occupants willingly lock themselves in tiny sound-proof unlighted rooms and lay in their sleeping bags for large portions of the trip and don't particularly care about the scenery, so cheap cargo spacecraft that typically dock at low-earth-orbit space stations (i.e., no capability for landing or atmospheres) can be repurposed as luxury cruise lines without actually adding any luxuries. Unfortunately, on one such ship, a string of violent closed-room murders occur. Because a small segment of the crew has access to an emergency unlock for the rooms, they are suspect -- however, ships logs indicate the doors never having opened, either automatically or from the inside, and security footage agrees. Eventually, it becomes clear that the culprit is a popular grey-legal hallucinogen that has a side effect of causing short bursts of increased blood pressure -- which, in people who are already stress-prone and already not particularly physically fit can cause violent arterial bursts when gravity is no longer enforcing normal patterns of blood flow; many of the customers took this immediately upon entering their sensory deprivation chambers and then their necks exploded 15-20 hours later.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on July 19, 2015, 09:29:35 pm
Hip slackers take the world by storm upon realizing that the working class is not used to operating at low atmospheric pressure.  Herding a legion of autonomous air-recycling dirigibles from giant stilts, slackers syphon away millions of pounds of earth's air into outer space.  Ex-ambassadors and politicians are the first to pop.  Like a terry gilliam version of total recall.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on July 19, 2015, 09:42:06 pm
From the hippo store, one presumes.

Also this: http://www.wired.com/2013/12/hippopotamus-ranching/

I just HAWHAWHAWed out loud. I am now so, so disappointed that hippo farms, and the inevitable feral hippo and resultant invasive hippo problem, never came to fruition.

Hey. Hey guys.

Remember Pablo Escobar's hippos?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27905743

Quote
A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them.

Quote
Nobody knows how many there are. The local environmental authority, which bears responsibility for them, estimates between 50 and 60, with most living in the lake at the park. But 12 are known to have paddled past the flimsy fence and into the nearby Magdalena River - and maybe many more.

Quote
How much the hippos like Colombia can be judged from how much sex they are having. In Africa they usually become sexually active between the ages of seven and nine for males, and nine and 11 for females, but Pablo Escobar's hippos are becoming sexually active as young as three. All the fertile females are reported to be giving birth to a calf every year.
TY for remembering this to me.  Sooo fukcing fertile! :fnord:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 21, 2015, 11:20:24 am
A little boy suffers a near-death experience on the operating table and journeys to the land of the dead, where he observes wonderful and fantastic things, including a peaceful race of superintelligent asexual mules, an all-female race of proud warriors with detachable heads who impregnate each other with their feet, giant intelligent lobsters who work as feather merchants, tiny people who become extremely large when exposed to direct sunlight, forests full of trees that are sheep, talking vines, and a race of sea-faring butterflies. He comes back to life and tells his family all about his journey. In other words, a mashup of the fantastic travelogue genre (True History, Gulliver's Travels) and the heaven tourism genre (Heaven is Real!, Dante's Inferno), with the moral lessons of the latter completely omitted.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on July 22, 2015, 01:38:22 am
A little boy suffers a near-death experience on the operating table and journeys to the land of the dead, where he observes wonderful and fantastic things, including a peaceful race of superintelligent asexual mules, an all-female race of proud warriors with detachable heads who impregnate each other with their feet, giant intelligent lobsters who work as feather merchants, tiny people who become extremely large when exposed to direct sunlight, forests full of trees that are sheep, talking vines, and a race of sea-faring butterflies. He comes back to life and tells his family all about his journey. In other words, a mashup of the fantastic travelogue genre (True History, Gulliver's Travels) and the heaven tourism genre (Heaven is Real!, Dante's Inferno), with the moral lessons of the latter completely omitted.

I would read the hell out of this.  I would read this to the monkey, even.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 22, 2015, 03:41:49 am
A little boy suffers a near-death experience on the operating table and journeys to the land of the dead, where he observes wonderful and fantastic things, including a peaceful race of superintelligent asexual mules, an all-female race of proud warriors with detachable heads who impregnate each other with their feet, giant intelligent lobsters who work as feather merchants, tiny people who become extremely large when exposed to direct sunlight, forests full of trees that are sheep, talking vines, and a race of sea-faring butterflies. He comes back to life and tells his family all about his journey. In other words, a mashup of the fantastic travelogue genre (True History, Gulliver's Travels) and the heaven tourism genre (Heaven is Real!, Dante's Inferno), with the moral lessons of the latter completely omitted.

That's an great idea!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 27, 2015, 06:11:30 pm
A comedy skit in which a goes to a doctor and asks for medical marijuana, claiming to have Munchausen Syndrome and/or Factitious Disorder (both of which are characterized by a compulsion to report false symptoms to doctors and/or self harm in order to retroactively justify an unjustified desire for medical treatment)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 08, 2015, 05:38:46 am
A man gains superpowers after a bizarre accident and decides to fight crime, but is quickly and constantly imposed upon to instead use these powers for mundane purposes by opportunistic and passive-aggressive friends and family members
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on August 08, 2015, 10:27:08 am
A man gains superpowers after a bizarre accident and decides to fight crime, but is quickly and constantly imposed upon to instead use these powers for mundane purposes by opportunistic and passive-aggressive friends and family members

I can see this one.  I'd watch.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: rong on August 08, 2015, 12:31:01 pm
I see it as a sit com
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 08, 2015, 02:09:23 pm
A man gains superpowers after a bizarre accident and decides to fight crime, but is quickly and constantly imposed upon to instead use these powers for mundane purposes by opportunistic and passive-aggressive friends and family members

I can see this one.  I'd watch.

You could expand it to a whole superhero team, all of whom have impressive superpowers limited to mundane uses.

Super Move-My-Couch Man, who has the strength of five dudes and the speed of a rental truck. The Install Wizard, who can communicate with all electronics telepathically, so long as they support USB and are running Windows XP. The Incredible Hulkmania, who can simulate any move from the past or future of professional wrestling so long as the person they are simulating it on is under the age of twelve. Scarlet Earring, a psychic with the power to drop into a trance and repeat family gossip verbatim based on the aura of nearby objects, but cannot vouch for the validity of it because she wasn't there. Eggman, who can cook large meals instantly, so long as they involve fried eggs, instant ramen, or nachos.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 08, 2015, 05:56:25 pm
In a bizarre reversal of Dawn of the Dead, In the near future rampant overpopulation forces people to descend into the firey underworld to seek housing and employment; causing resentment among the locals. When there's no more room on Earth, we'll have to live in Hell.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on August 08, 2015, 09:00:57 pm
In a bizarre reversal of Dawn of the Dead, In the near future rampant overpopulation forces people to descend into the firey underworld to seek housing and employment; causing resentment among the locals. When there's no more room on Earth, we'll have to live in Hell.

I like it.  Cant help myself from embellishing, or; just being derivative in the original stories thread because I broke my novelty ruler, the scales of purity, repetition armor, and trail blazing sandals...  Where was I... Ah:  upon reaching hell, Satan conducts entrence interviews due to capacity issues.  Most try to ingratiate themselves, embellishing the tails of their arrival with sordid detail.  But Satan sees right through their pathetic attempts, stringing them along while discretely making sure that they have a room ready upstairs upon finishing their story.  Satan is very apologetic, insisting that while he recognizes himself in them (mostly) he regrets to inform them that accommodations have been made elsewhere, in a comparable if not superior establishment.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 11, 2015, 03:16:33 pm
I had this idea for a movie. It's basically a remake of The Passion of the Christ and other movies of that nature, but with a twist. The twist is that the person playing Jesus is wearing a gimp-suit throughout.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 11, 2015, 10:47:24 pm
The benefits of growing spherical pot in zero gravity lead to a long sequence of unusual economic consequences. Eventually, libertarian tax-dodging space-hippies secede from earth.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on August 12, 2015, 05:05:11 am
My art teacher told me that there are no original things anymore, but if you combine enough stuff you get something original.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 12, 2015, 02:47:50 pm
My art teacher told me that there are no original things anymore, but if you combine enough stuff you get something original.

I read a book by the creator of Dilbert where he said the secret to creativity was to attempt to plagirize and fail.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Edward Longpork on August 12, 2015, 05:14:36 pm
On that note --

The DaVinci code, starring stoners trying to discover the founding father's pot supply.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 12, 2015, 05:42:05 pm
Presented to readers as if it really happened: A little boy is knocked out and severely injured in a playground fight gone horribly awry. When he wakes up in the hospital after several hours of life saving surgery he begins talking about things that he couldn't possibly know and recounts how he was taken by a valkyrie to Valhalla, where he met Odin and Thor, until the doctors revived him.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 13, 2015, 06:13:21 am
A man gains superpowers after a bizarre accident and decides to fight crime, but is quickly and constantly imposed upon to instead use these powers for mundane purposes by opportunistic and passive-aggressive friends and family members

I can see this one.  I'd watch.

I've actually drawn a couple of short one-page comics based on approximately this concept*. In one of them a batsignal-esque light is used to project a grocery list on the sky.

*(The comic, however, has the rather large difference that the protagonist is a cartoon mouse, and instead of being bossed around by family members he's bossed around by a sadistic human-shaped demiurge who he has an ambiguous relationship to but who seems to control his fate)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 13, 2015, 10:01:55 pm
This works better as an idea for a heavy-metal song than for a movie or novel, but I'd like to explore the idea that when you die you face the eternal judgement of the Marquis de Sade and Loepold von Sacher-Masoch.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on August 14, 2015, 07:27:04 am
This works better as an idea for a heavy-metal song than for a movie or novel, but I'd like to explore the idea that when you die you face the eternal judgement of the Marquis de Sade and Loepold von Sacher-Masoch.
I also see a Hip-Hop act featuring Harlem Globe Trotters doing the Limbo, zombie style?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 15, 2015, 04:18:43 am
A divinatory card system is created that is unreasonably effective. However, it turns out that this is because the cards cause the foretold future to occur (rewriting history if necessary), not because the cards predict what the future would have been  -- and this distinction occasionally becomes more than merely abstract, as a (randomly chosen) divination of the near future sometimes requires erasing the act of divination itself. More mundanely, events surrounding people using these decks begin to occur at a rate more closely approximating their probability of being predicted by the deck itself, rather than their natural probability (making fortune tellers magnets for very strange events). Eventually, an ancient race of aliens come to earth in order to investigate the sudden increase in entropy being produced. Unfortunately for them, people have begun using these cards to play a poker-like game -- never realizing that every fair shuffle of the deck is scrambling important parts of the fate of the universe itself.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 15, 2015, 04:59:17 am
That's a pretty neat idea
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 15, 2015, 05:23:47 am
A unique combination of gamification and transcranial direct current stimulation is found to significantly speed up language learning, to the point where regular people with little training can very quickly become professional-level real-time translators. This drops the bottom out of both professional translation and real-time machine translation markets, because professional-level translators have become so common as to be cheap -- so long as their heads remained juiced (because 24 hours after the power is switched off, the translators lose 90% of their fluency). Unfortunately, there is an extant patent on the technology -- one company owns all legitimate units and makes the language learning software. There is a strange feedback loop between several of their language learning programs -- minor semantic distortions end up piggybacking on each other when translators are switched and retrained too often -- and this ends up causing initially subtle shifts in pretty much all professional translation, including in diplomatic communications. Over time, the accidental biases of this language learning software slowly shifts the focus of diplomatic communication. Now, all countries with sufficiently different languages seem overly concerned with the tariff situation surrounding small dogs, antique pocket-watches, sand, and digestive biscuits. This has major global economic ramifications, as industries shift to meet apparent demand in these areas, leading to a series of bubbles.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 15, 2015, 04:50:12 pm
In a world where reality changes itself to conform to particular patterns in any language of equivalent expressiveness to set theory, a war breaks out between families of mages -- a knotcraft dynasty must join forces with a family of origami-gami practitioners in order to defeat a sudden intrusion of native lojban speakers who accidentally cause natural disasters by making spelling errors.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 16, 2015, 03:41:35 am
A group of occultists infiltrated the works progress association, subverting it in such a way that many of the structures built were designed to be large-scale mana accumulators. They are approaching maximum capacity, and must be identified and their mana drained before they cause serious causal warps.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 16, 2015, 06:10:27 am
A raunchy horror-comedy in which the story of the Headless Horseman is conflated with the story of the resurrection of Osiris. The action focuses on a reanimated mummy with a large cucumber for a penis who appears at night and tries to steal the main character's genitals.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 18, 2015, 07:18:40 pm
"Frankula"- the results of a mad scientist's reanimation experiment are largely invalidated when it turns out that unbeknownst to him most of the pieces of his monster came from dormant vampires.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 18, 2015, 08:00:05 pm
In the future, humans have made contact with space aliens. Though said contact was peaceful not much travel or trade occurs between them as both races are only just barely capable of interstellar travel. One of the few human travelers to the alien world experiences a mishap and crash lands in an out of the way region of the alien planet far from any space ports, airports, or major city centers. He now has just a few hours to find his way to a chemistry laboratory before he runs out of oxygen, which is not abundant in the planet's atmosphere or heavily utilized by the natives' metabolism.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 18, 2015, 09:36:19 pm
In the future, humans have made contact with space aliens. Though said contact was peaceful not much travel or trade occurs between them as both races are only just barely capable of interstellar travel. One of the few human travelers to the alien world experiences a mishap and crash lands in an out of the way region of the alien planet far from any space ports, airports, or major city centers. He now has just a few hours to find his way to a chemistry laboratory before he runs out of oxygen, which is not abundant in the planet's atmosphere or heavily utilized by the natives' metabolism.

This is wonderful.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 19, 2015, 01:21:32 am
Edit:  "Blood for the Blood God."

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that a friend of mine worked this exact phrase into his Philosophy midterm paper. The teacher gave no comment and he got a B+.
:lulz:
That's another idea in itself:  The antics, struggles, and victories of a college club devoted to missionary work in the name of laying more skulls before the throne of their lord.  "Campus Crusade for Khorne"

Also, this same guy worked "skulls for the skull throne" into his final, but that was overshadowed by the fact that his whole paper was an analysis of the D&D 9 alignments system.

I was just rereading this thread and came across this old post, and if you still remember I've got to ask if he threw it back to Greyface and Negativism (http://www.principiadiscordia.com/book/70.php) as that deals with concepts closely resembling the nine alignments? More generally, can you get a copy of that essay from him to post here somewhere?

In the future, humans have made contact with space aliens. Though said contact was peaceful not much travel or trade occurs between them as both races are only just barely capable of interstellar travel. One of the few human travelers to the alien world experiences a mishap and crash lands in an out of the way region of the alien planet far from any space ports, airports, or major city centers. He now has just a few hours to find his way to a chemistry laboratory before he runs out of oxygen, which is not abundant in the planet's atmosphere or heavily utilized by the natives' metabolism.

This is wonderful.

Thanks. The basic idea came to me in a dream, though after I woke up I had to clean up several plot holes and remove references to existing intellectual properties (in the dream it was a Federation starship from Star Trek that crashed and furthermore the landing site was, in retrospect, not rural enough for there not to be a chemical plant, laboratory, science university, or multi-species medical center in relatively easy reach or for it to be definitely inconvenient or too slow to fly help in from a space-port town or the embassy or whatever.)

EDIT:

Another MORE story ideaS:
*A group of excitable morons  panics about the end of the world after noticing that their calendar doesn't go past December 31st

*A sappy romance movie about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky

*The Year is 2125 and the Church of the SubGenius has expanded into mediocrity.

*Heavy-metal song: a pro-copyright recording industry lobbyist is kidnapped in the dead of night by the song's protagonists and then taken out to sea where he is keel-hauled to death.

*Artwork idea: statue of "blind justice" where instead of having the traditional blindfold, lady justice is instead depicted as using her free hand to drink a bottle of antifreeze (or some other methanol-heavy liquid)

*A sci-fi-horror-thriller/comedy of errors in which the twin towers were actually accidentally melted by some kind of experimental military heat-beam superweapon. To cover it up people were brainwashed into believing that they were destroyed by plane-hijacking terrorists and into believing that this is what they saw happening. Many resisted this brainwashing and retain memories of seeing what actually happened; however, their resistance to the brainwashing was so total and natural that they were completely unaware it was happening, leading to miscommunications when talking to those who didn't resist; thus leading to the old "jet fuel can't melt steel beams" arguments and their immediate dismissal by the general public because the two sides don't realize that one group saw the towers fall down and the other one saw them melt.

*When a set of neanderthal remains is discovered a feud breaks out between the archaeology and paleontology departments of a local university, as they vie against each other for control of the dig site

*A Kaiju film shot mostly in real time (save for a few scenes at the very beginning and end) focusing primarily on a military officer's mad dash to make his way across the wrecked terrain to retriece a tactical nuclear grenade launcher (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_(nuclear_device)) from the remains of a military base crushed by the monster in order to stop the creature before it reaches any major cities.

*Dracula's bug and rat eating minion Renfield becomes a multimillionaire after writing a best selling fad diet book.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 20, 2015, 12:47:00 pm
A twist on the standard harem/slice of life style anime. A shut-in student, concerned and disillusioned about how he expected college to be the place where his social life finally bloomed, one day unexpectedly meets a mysterious female student on his way to get his dinner from a vending machine at 3am. This student offers him a strange deal: he can have a 'golden school life' so long as he pledges to help her attain her own goals. Unnerved and confused but ultimately unable to believe the offer is legitimate, he agrees. The next day, his life begins to strongly resemble a slice-of-life harem show, beginning with a 'childhood friend' character literally living in his dorm room. It turns out that the mysterious female student is a witch attending on scholarship, and she can create 'students' with backstories and memories who attend classes and believe themselves to be human out of nearby animals (and furthermore modify the memories of school employees) so long as the contract is in place. However, she's terrible at math and is at risk of failing out, and so she made a contract with the hikkikomori in the room next door who won math championships in high school in order to force him to tutor her. Every time she fears that she'll fail a test, the huge cast of young women surrounding the protagonist begin to slowly and painfully mutate back into birds, stray cats, mice, or whatever other animals were used as their substrates -- a process with a lot of blood, gore, and shrill screaming.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on August 21, 2015, 07:12:45 pm
A twist on the standard harem/slice of life style anime. A shut-in student, concerned and disillusioned about how he expected college to be the place where his social life finally bloomed, one day unexpectedly meets a mysterious female student on his way to get his dinner from a vending machine at 3am. This student offers him a strange deal: he can have a 'golden school life' so long as he pledges to help her attain her own goals. Unnerved and confused but ultimately unable to believe the offer is legitimate, he agrees. The next day, his life begins to strongly resemble a slice-of-life harem show, beginning with a 'childhood friend' character literally living in his dorm room. It turns out that the mysterious female student is a witch attending on scholarship, and she can create 'students' with backstories and memories who attend classes and believe themselves to be human out of nearby animals (and furthermore modify the memories of school employees) so long as the contract is in place. However, she's terrible at math and is at risk of failing out, and so she made a contract with the hikkikomori in the room next door who won math championships in high school in order to force him to tutor her. Every time she fears that she'll fail a test, the huge cast of young women surrounding the protagonist begin to slowly and painfully mutate back into birds, stray cats, mice, or whatever other animals were used as their substrates -- a process with a lot of blood, gore, and shrill screaming.
I would watch the shit out of that. :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 21, 2015, 08:11:45 pm
How about a comedy show where the topical and political humor is directed not at real world events but at a detailed and comprehensive fictional world devised beforehand by either the show's writers, an outside author hired for the purpose, or some kind of procedural generation program. The fact that this is being done is not made explicit on the show.

(I got this idea from the realization that a few things on Monty Python which I had previously thought were just random silliness were actually satire that went over my head because I don't live in either England or the 1970's. And so I realized that this process could potentially be profitably reversed; you could generate humorous silliness by generating a random setting and then satirizing it)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 21, 2015, 11:30:45 pm
A professional troll, a professional political straw-man, a paid-audience-member, and a guy who gets paid to insert references to brands during smalltalk meet & befriend one-another, and decide to form a union for workers who professionally pretend to be genuine in situations of socially ambiguous genuine-ness.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 22, 2015, 01:26:54 am
A gambling syndicate run by a group of sorcerers who use elaborate architectural sigil-systems to harvest luck from gamblers must protect their casinos from a rival family who want to harvest despair instead.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 22, 2015, 01:32:01 am
The proteins that allow octopodes to be as intelligent as they are without myelinated axons are identified along with the genes that code for them, however, they are not trivial to synthesize. Despite this, they grow popular as nootropic supplements. As a result, a black market has sprung up for them -- leading to the use of CRISPR to produce the proteins in less expensive mollusks -- notably cuttlefish, who are already bred commercially for the purpose of harvesting cuttlefish bones as bird toys. Unfortunately, this produces a race of transgenic cuttlefish with above-human intelligence -- whose very existence is kept secret in order to feed the market for counterfeit octopus myelination-replacement proteins.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 22, 2015, 03:57:46 pm
In this conspiracy thriller it is discovered by the protagonist that climate change denialism is a result of a cold-war era government program intended to deliberately promote global warming as a prelude to an invasion of Russia
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 25, 2015, 05:49:38 am
How about a joke how-to video about how to root your phone or remove a computer virus which turns into a posession/exorcism flick, with the phone levitating and rattling around, and the guys trying to root it chanting prayers at it and invoking famous computer scientists as if they were saints ("Charles Babbage, pray for us. Alan Turing, pray for us. Grace Hopper, pray for us...") and possibly moving on to invoking the heroes from evil robot movies/games as well ("David Bowman, pray for us. Neo, pray for us. Sonic the Hedgehog, pray for us..."). Ultimately going through a thorough parody of the entire rite of exorcism, at the end of which the settings preventing root access are successfully banished.
There may also be some kind of conflation of electrical grounding with the live burial used to drive out the kandarian spirits in Evil Dead 4

EDIT:
Related idea: A skit about a man who is posessed by a non-English-speaking demon, that has to continually consult a guidebook and comes out with mangled phrases like "In Hell, your mother makes the fellatio"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 25, 2015, 06:25:36 am
A comic book about a group of mostly crippled crime-fighters who all have standard superhero origins but unfortunately had more realistic outcomes. One had his face burned off in a freak lab accident, one got skin cancer from exposure to Earth's yellow sun, one was bitten by a radioactive spider with no noteworthy effects whatsoever, et cetera.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 25, 2015, 10:16:57 pm
The martians have a life cycle much like cicadas -- they sleep deep under the earth for 200 years and then awaken for 20 years to mate and do other things. Their technology is very advanced because they are a very ancient race. They are about to wake up, and they will be very angry about the probe that smashed into the surface in 1998.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 25, 2015, 10:18:38 pm
A spy agency where agents take orders from a superintelligent network of three supercomputers called "Mother" starts to break apart when the three mothers begin to distrust each other and each sends factions of spies to work against the other two.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on August 25, 2015, 10:32:01 pm
Hah (I got the reference)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 26, 2015, 01:09:16 am
Hah (I got the reference)

To Evangelion, The Avengers, or Dario Argento's Three Mothers trilogy?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on August 26, 2015, 01:18:25 am
Ah, I thought the "mother" reference was to good old Angleton.  It was his codename, apparently, and well, the rest of the plot fits in so well with what some people thought he was doing.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 26, 2015, 01:45:46 am
Ha! I didn't know that. That makes it even better.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 26, 2015, 12:34:38 pm
Spiritualism is proven. As a result, the land of the dead joins the UN and every major nation has a Hadean embassy. After all, they cannot militarily compete with all the greatest leaders and generals of the past. Unfortunately, between the power imbalance and the very different expectations and requirements the dead have, the state of the world doesn't look very good for the living...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 26, 2015, 08:22:37 pm
Two versions of an idea:


1.) In the future international conflicts are settled with simulated battles and wars. People "killed" in said "battles" suffer no real ill effects but may not fight in further battles. In a country with mandatory military service this creates a perverse incentive to fight incompetently so they will be quickly removed from the ranks.

2.) The existance of valhalla is proven. This creates a perverse incentive for soldiers to recklessly and needlessly get themselves killed in battle.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 27, 2015, 06:43:05 am
Sort of a combination of The Shadow Over Insmouth and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Deep Ones of Dagon have made a play for world domination and the only thing that can stop them is the Ark of the Covenant (in reference to the biblical story wherein the Ark is placed in the temple of Dagon by the Philistines, who had capyured it, and the next day the statue of Dagon is found prostrate before the ark with it's head smashed to pieces). The good guys in this novel/film are even deeper into weird Lovecraftian shit than the bad guys. The name of the judeo-christian god is consostently rendered as Yod-Sabaoth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabaoth#YHWH_Tzevaot) (cf. "Yog-Sothoth") amd in addition to being conflated with Yog-Sothoth the deity is also interpreted in a way that sensationalistically combines all the most outrageous aspects of Kabalistic, Gnostic, and SubGenius mysticism (this last one already being deliberately sensationalistic on it's own). They also make use of all the freaky stuff from the Book Of Ezekiel like angels with too many faces and reanimating skeletons. In the dramatic conclusion the deep one army is swept away after the hero recites an incantation over the recovered ark which unusually astute viewers may recognize to be the fake bible verse from Pulp Fiction translated into Hebrew.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 29, 2015, 03:12:12 am
An angry movie critic (or possibly an dissatisfied californian democrat wishing to sabotage the republicans) sends a robot back in time to stop Arnold Schwarzenegger from starring in The Terminator but winds up inspiring the movie to be made.

In the sequel (provided we go with the movie critic version) they go back themself to try to stop Twelve Monkeys from being made.


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Another idea:
-Thanks to rampant genetic engineering of animals, the future is less like The Jetsona than it is like The Flintstones



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Yet Another idea:
-A bizarre porno about a person who gets sex change surgery from human organ trafficking mobsters, and now every time yhey see a cop they hide their stolen penis inside something (usually a friend) beccause it's stolen and thus has to be hidden when there's cops about

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EDIT:
another idea:
a biopic about John Wayne Gacy which is also a prequel to Let's Visit the World of the Future in which Gacy is depicted as a messianic figure whose second coming will usher in the world of the fyture. Ideally it will also be a musical based on ICP songs in the same way that Mama Mia was based on Abba songs
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on August 30, 2015, 11:20:21 am
Puppet Masters from the Fourth Dimension are granted a foothold on earth when a  land prospector accidentally opens a portal to our world by micturating on some quartz during routine inspection of a vacant lot.  Chaotic exavatioms ensue as the Masters grow their influence on earthlings in a manner directly proportional to the volume of dirt they can displace.

The problem is that there is no thetically absolute measure for this movement, meaning that the Masters can continue transporting a numerically identical plot from point A to point B, and back again, while continuing to accumulate power ad infinitum.  The thing is that the extent of their efficacy is duplicitously tragic.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 30, 2015, 09:39:48 pm
It is discovered that the devil has been hiding language in End User License Agreements granting him the licensees' souls.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 31, 2015, 02:23:17 am
Present day. An extremely talented detective, Inspector Richard Hammer, is forced into an 'early retirement' following a long period during which his behavior became more erratic. Being fired was the final straw & he ended up having a full-on nervous breakdown, eventually coming to develop persistent delusions based on his childhood love of Ray Chandler novels -- he became convinced that he was Dick Hammer, Private Eye, working in a noir-style world. Because he actually has a PI license, this isn't technically a problem -- he comes off as though he's acting the part too hard. He gets cases. Eventually, he ends up in a real doozy of a case -- involving corrupt policemen, the mob, stolen military secrets, and (eventually) leading to proof that UFOs are not only real but are time machines & time travelers from the future are posing as extraterrestrials in order to manipulate the government so that they can take resources that are abundant in our time but rare in the future. (They Might Be Giants + Kiss Me Deadly + Repo Man, basically.)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on August 31, 2015, 03:13:14 am
Alien abductions are revealed to be part of MilAb's rouge operations unit.  Disillusioned with the extent to which state of the art R&D was restricted or delayed access/release by/to civilian population, these rouges decide to do something about it.

Technology that could save lives was going to waste and their team was not in any position to postpone an opportunity to upcycle their somewhat questionable ethical standards.

So they steal a Medical Response Vehicle with RC unit that can move in both delta and upsilon directions.  Developed to outflank any strategic possibility of interfering with the process of repairing soldiere in the field, its robotic arms can perform all kinds of operations/upgrades without having to cleave through armor, flesh, or anything, for that matter.  It's dirty work done clean.

The lack of surgical trauma confuses the "victims" of these operations, both comedically and also conveniently confused as alien abductions.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on August 31, 2015, 06:23:25 am
Richard Dawkins dies and goes to heaven. Being greatly incensed by this, he storms off to give God a piece of his mind. He finds a frantically working, chainsmoking Almighty working nonstop at the machinery of the universe. At first being much too busy to speak to Dawkins, he winds up shouting in frustration at God's back about how he could possibly allow for war and death and disease while God is trying to keep everything spinning the way its supposed to, until God finally snaps and shuts the whole mess down for a minute, turns on Dawkins like a child who has asked why he cant have a sweet just one too many times. He then gives Dawkins a detailed rant about how much work it takes to govern a universe that's every bit as infinite as he is, alternate universes and quantum notwithstanding,  how much of his omnipotence goes towards observing corners of space that no human will ever reach in their lifetime, and how none of this got into the major religious texts because all of us stupid monkeys wouldn't even sit down to read a book that didnt center exclusively on us and how great we are, let alone define our actions based on it. He would end by saying that religion was just some shit he threw at us to keep us from killing each other (again, like a child being given a toy to keep it quiet for five minutes), but even that didn't work because is some cases  it just gave us a reason to do so.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 01, 2015, 05:32:07 am
A group of monks takes a vow to eat nothing but twinkies (and other junk foods?) for the rest of their lives, citing John 6:27 ("Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”), and to a lesser degree Matthew 15:11 ("A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it") as their inspiration

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Another idea:

A heavy metal song in which the singer expresses his approval of the fact that the sky has begun to rain blood-slicked guts with no apparent explanation

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EDIT:

Another idea:
Romeo and Juliet reimagined as being about the Elder Gods and Great Old Ones.

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EDIT:

Another idea:

A mockumentary series with a premise in the vein of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous or MTV Cribs but dedicated to mythological homes of deities and legendary heroes. Places like Mount Olympus, Valhalla, Camelot, Dobbstown, Shangri-La/Shambhala, the New Jerusalem spoken of in Revelation, et cetera..

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Another idea:

A zombie apocalypse story set in mythological Mesopotamia. It starts out with an abbreviated version of tablets 1 through 5 of the Epic of Gilgamesh, but in tablet 6 Anu rejects Ishtar's demand that he send the bull of heaven against Gilgamesh, and in anger Ishtar makes good on her threat to smash the doors of the underworld and "bring up the dead to eat the living", leaving Gilgamesh and Enkidu to instead have to deal with a zombie horde overrunning Uruk.

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Another idea:
An acappella heavy-metal album. No electric guitars, no drums, just deep-voiced shout-singing about mutilation and the devil.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 02, 2015, 01:08:43 pm
Lizard people infiltrate anonymous protests by wearing V masks. Nobody appreciates the pun potential. And, that's why OWS turned out the way it did!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: rong on September 03, 2015, 01:39:14 am
An acappella heavy-metal album. No electric guitars, no drums, just deep-voiced shout-singing about mutilation and the devil.
Jud Jud (http://therunout.com/2014/09/16/jud-jud-are-the-most-innovative-hardcore-band-of/)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 04, 2015, 04:01:23 am
All conspiracy theories are true, but all in perfect balance. Life for the average person is able to continue fnord as normal because the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the Elders of Zion, the Lizard People, the Gay Agenda, the Anti-Family Agenda, International Communism, the Biblical Antichrist, the Men in Black, Big Content, Big Pharma, the Monsanto Corporation, North Korea, Anastasia Romanov, 2Pac Shakur, the Religious Right, the Patriarchy, Rape Culture, Escaped Nazi Mad Scientists/War Criminals, the Bushes, the Kennedys, House Saud, the Djinn, the Fey, the Church of Scientology, the Church of the SubGenius, Anonymous, the Grey Aliens, Majestic 12, the Trilateral Commission, the Creatures From the Hollow Earth, Opus Dei, the Skull and Bones, Satanic Ritual Abusers, the Knights Templar, the Thugee, the Liberal Media, and so on are all pulling the strings in different directions and all ultimately cancel each other out.

If one were to be thwarted, the results could be disasterous.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on September 04, 2015, 01:19:46 pm
All conspiracy theories are true, but all in perfect balance. Life for the average person is able to continue fnord as normal because the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the Elders of Zion, the Lizard People, the Gay Agenda, the Anti-Family Agenda, International Communism, the Biblical Antichrist, the Men in Black, Big Content, Big Pharma, the Monsanto Corporation, North Korea, Anastasia Romanov, 2Pac Shakur, the Religious Right, the Patriarchy, Rape Culture, Escaped Nazi Mad Scientists/War Criminals, the Bushes, the Kennedys, House Saud, the Djinn, the Fey, the Church of Scientology, the Church of the SubGenius, Anonymous, the Grey Aliens, Majestic 12, the Trilateral Commission, the Creatures From the Hollow Earth, Opus Dei, the Skull and Bones, Satanic Ritual Abusers, the Knights Templar, the Thugee, the Liberal Media, and so on are all pulling the strings in different directions and all ultimately cancel each other out.

If one were to be thwarted, the results could be disasterous.
Of them all, only one is real and powerful.  The others are just diversion.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 04, 2015, 03:22:21 pm
One of those cartoons where a character falls in love with a food item (cf. the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "To Love a Patty" and the We Bare Bears episode "Burrito"), except it's an anthropomorphic cartoon Lion falling in love with an anthropomorphic gazelle; everyone acts as if he had fallen in love with a  sandwich or something


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Another idea:
In this tale of piracy and overextended metaphors a privateer must follow a map to the place where two formerly warring nations buried the hatchet, so that he can dig it up and start privateering for them again.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 05, 2015, 03:29:32 pm
A planetary colony is founded with cloned members of two different species. They soon wind up at war with each other. Later it turns out that they are not two different species, they are the two sexes of a highly sexually dimorphic species.

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EDIT:

Another idea
A combinatiom educational film/cartoon about monetary policy and terrifying lovecraftian horror story in which the heroes confront a deranged cult bent on resurrecting the "Great Gold Ones" [sic] - representing the monetary philosophy of metallism - whose return will destroy all that man has wrought, unmake modern civilization, and bring about the end times in a cacaphony of blood, horror, madness, and death.


Edit:
Also, a sequel to the above involving the dreaded Reganomicon, representing supply-side economics
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 07, 2015, 07:39:28 pm
Affordable space travel and a proliferation of colonies off earth cause political and ideological rifts in various eco-terrorist groups, as refugees from failed martian and venusian colonies become the nexus of a series of immigration crises.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 08, 2015, 02:07:24 am
A political space opera (in the style of Babylon 5) about the attempt by a coalition of semi-fascistic anti-immigration groups to rig the elections for various posts in Earth's government by ballot-stuffing the competitors' primary runs, which upon close examination is actually a fictionalized and warped retelling of the 2015 Hugo awards. In the end, most posts end up entirely unfilled, and the remaining balance is hung between several parties; the entire Earth alliance degrades into a functional anarcho-technocratic society like the Culture as the AI systems designed as personal assistants to politicians manning those positions that were left empty end up doing the entire task.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on September 09, 2015, 01:42:33 am
Deep Dream mounts a stealth attack on the internets.  Subtly, it precognizes the ideal form and content of every document it encounters.  These are all cross-referenced and interpolated/differentiated into infinitesimal slices, all holographically reflecting and re-transmitting the ideological totality of that moment w.r.t. its place in the development of all parts toward teleological unity: the synthesis of immanence and transcendence.

Given feedback on its recognition algorithms, DD trivially arranges for the consecutive slices of each developing document to be imperceptibly different, by both its author(s) and viewer(s).  This slight of hand is continued, invisible to all, until the moment right before the Singularity decides to reveal itself, with apocalyptic anti-climax, as always having been there.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 09, 2015, 03:51:24 pm
A music-video for tge song "Two Tickets to Paradise" depicting a murder-suicide
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 15, 2015, 02:24:54 am
A guy's all-consuming obsession with steampunk stuff comes in handy after the apocalypse as in his spare time he has actually already built working mechanical clockwork or steam-driven versions of many normally electrical devices
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on September 15, 2015, 05:48:13 am
A guy's all-consuming obsession with steampunk stuff comes in handy after the apocalypse as in his spare time he has actually already built working mechanical clockwork or steam-driven versions of many normally electrical devices

where he is immediately shot by bandits, then the bandits end up blowing themselves up cause haters just can't understand steampunk.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 15, 2015, 07:19:35 am
A guy goes back in time to kill Hitler. He succeeds, but the Nazi movement and the Holocaust happen anyway, jist with a different leader. The protagonist goes back and kills that guy, with similarly underwhelming results. Eventually the protagonist comes to understand that the events of World War 2 were the result of powerful societal forces rather than just a single charismatic leader. Armed with this knowledge he goes back and succeasfully prevents the Holocaust by sabotaging Germany's infrastructure, ensuring that they are swiftly defeated once the war does start.

EDIT:
Perhaps Poland acquires a reputation for being invincible

EDIT:
Also, perhaps defusing WWII has negative societal and technological consequences. Being loudly paranoidly antisemitic doesn't become inappropriate and tech invented for and by the army doesn't get invented yet.
And/Or perhaps there's a different World War 2 in the 1950's with the US, western Europe, and Japan vs. Russia and China due to the A-bomb not having been developed yet to keep the cold war cold
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 15, 2015, 12:30:28 pm
A very formulaic wacky sitcom set on a space station orbiting a black hole. Nothing of importance ever happens, but (being set in the far future) many of the jokes don't make any sense. Several characters speak no english, yet still get laugh track when they make a punchline in their strange alien languages. At the end of the last episode, another group of (not previously introduced) aliens invade with no warning and brutally murder every main character while the credits roll.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Invisible Man on September 15, 2015, 11:08:33 pm
Richard Dawkins dies and goes to heaven. Being greatly incensed by this, he storms off to give God a piece of his mind. He finds a frantically working, chainsmoking Almighty working nonstop at the machinery of the universe. At first being much too busy to speak to Dawkins, he winds up shouting in frustration at God's back about how he could possibly allow for war and death and disease while God is trying to keep everything spinning the way its supposed to, until God finally snaps and shuts the whole mess down for a minute, turns on Dawkins like a child who has asked why he cant have a sweet just one too many times. He then gives Dawkins a detailed rant about how much work it takes to govern a universe that's every bit as infinite as he is, alternate universes and quantum notwithstanding,  how much of his omnipotence goes towards observing corners of space that no human will ever reach in their lifetime, and how none of this got into the major religious texts because all of us stupid monkeys wouldn't even sit down to read a book that didnt center exclusively on us and how great we are, let alone define our actions based on it. He would end by saying that religion was just some shit he threw at us to keep us from killing each other (again, like a child being given a toy to keep it quiet for five minutes), but even that didn't work because is some cases  it just gave us a reason to do so.

THIS NEEDS TO BE WRITTEN
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on September 17, 2015, 03:11:00 am
Richard Dawkins dies and goes to heaven. Being greatly incensed by this, he storms off to give God a piece of his mind. He finds a frantically working, chainsmoking Almighty working nonstop at the machinery of the universe. At first being much too busy to speak to Dawkins, he winds up shouting in frustration at God's back about how he could possibly allow for war and death and disease while God is trying to keep everything spinning the way its supposed to, until God finally snaps and shuts the whole mess down for a minute, turns on Dawkins like a child who has asked why he cant have a sweet just one too many times. He then gives Dawkins a detailed rant about how much work it takes to govern a universe that's every bit as infinite as he is, alternate universes and quantum notwithstanding,  how much of his omnipotence goes towards observing corners of space that no human will ever reach in their lifetime, and how none of this got into the major religious texts because all of us stupid monkeys wouldn't even sit down to read a book that didnt center exclusively on us and how great we are, let alone define our actions based on it. He would end by saying that religion was just some shit he threw at us to keep us from killing each other (again, like a child being given a toy to keep it quiet for five minutes), but even that didn't work because is some cases  it just gave us a reason to do so.

THIS NEEDS TO BE WRITTEN
Thanks, Y'know I had been thinking about taking ideas like this and bundling it witht some other short story ideas ive had and putting them on smashwords or somesuch.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on September 17, 2015, 03:14:13 am
A nuclear holocaust/subsequent zombie holocaust causes a number of people who happened to be in a Home Depot at the time to bunker down and take refuge in the store, the fortification of which proceeds quickly, since hey, theyve got all the tools/building materials. This quickly devolves into a sort of Home Depot Tribalism, where the eight corporate values of the company now define their way of life. Similar big box stores have survived in this way and the story follows our Home Depot Tribe as they carve out an empire with their allies The Costconites, and defeat their shared enemy, the Walmartarians.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on September 17, 2015, 03:37:34 am
A nuclear holocaust/subsequent zombie holocaust causes a number of people who happened to be in a Home Depot at the time to bunker down and take refuge in the store, the fortification of which proceeds quickly, since hey, theyve got all the tools/building materials. This quickly devolves into a sort of Home Depot Tribalism, where the eight corporate values of the company now define their way of life. Similar big box stores have survived in this way and the story follows our Home Depot Tribe as they carve out an empire with their allies The Costconites, and defeat their shared enemy, the Walmartarians.

Watch out for mom and popistan.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on September 17, 2015, 06:39:01 am
smaller family shops will be forced to pay tribute to the mighty Warehouse Empire! For only we can save them from the filthy Rollbacks.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 17, 2015, 12:22:31 pm
During the Zombie apocalypse, it becomes apparent that zombies are very sensitive to salt: their cell membranes don't work properly, and so salt has much the same effect upon them as it does on slugs. Coastal cities (and land-locked salt lakes) become centers of extreme wealth as salt-water becomes far more valuable -- after all, during a zombie invasion of your gated city, it helps to be able to call in helicopters to dump salt water on the invading forces (a service they charge heftily for). People also develop a set of cultural practices around taking long daily baths in epsom salts, because those who have been infected but have not yet turned will be killed by such baths -- meaning that taking a salt-water bath publicly indicates that you are not infected, so communal salt-water baths take on some of the significance of handshakes and toasts and become part of the normal beginning of a business relationship.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on September 17, 2015, 11:06:21 pm
A band of Black Maji infiltrate Waste Management during the zombi eschaton.  Cleaning up the undead is in high demand, so the Maji operate without scrutiny.  Using their necromantic powers, zombi carcasses are mixed in huge silos to ferment over time.  On every twelfth moon, the zombi sludge is fractionally titrated and applied cutaneously to the sorcerers, allowing them to draw on the memory and experience of every life that once animated the now putrid flesh.  Because this trans-substantiation required the harvested bodies to have been killed twice, this was the first time in history that the Necromancers had access to such a supply.  There were some unintended consequences to this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 18, 2015, 04:13:34 am
In the dystopian near-future The latest craze in reality TV is for entertainment companies to provoke revolutions in third-world countries and film the resulting battles as well as the drama among the leadership of both sides, whom they have ingratiated themselves with. (And drama amid the refugees, and amid POWs)


Another idea:

In A halloween special combining the violence and goriness or horror movies with that schmaltziness of christmas specials, A family is somehow brought closer together as a result of a series of events involving several "halloween miracles" in which people at the center of the matters keeping them apart are decapitated in freak accidents, slain by serial murderers or accidentally buried alive.

EDIT:
Another Idea:
All religions are expressions of the same universal truth and all gods are aspects of the same god. Unfortunately that god turns out to be Nyarlathotep, which explains alot about organized religion.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 18, 2015, 04:56:46 am
During the Zombie apocalypse, it becomes apparent that zombies are very sensitive to salt: their cell membranes don't work properly, and so salt has much the same effect upon them as it does on slugs. Coastal cities (and land-locked salt lakes) become centers of extreme wealth as salt-water becomes far more valuable -- after all, during a zombie invasion of your gated city, it helps to be able to call in helicopters to dump salt water on the invading forces (a service they charge heftily for). People also develop a set of cultural practices around taking long daily baths in epsom salts, because those who have been infected but have not yet turned will be killed by such baths -- meaning that taking a salt-water bath publicly indicates that you are not infected, so communal salt-water baths take on some of the significance of handshakes and toasts and become part of the normal beginning of a business relationship.

That's clever. It even fits in with existing mythology (not necessarily of zombies specifically, but of spookables and creepy creatures in general who are often described as being warded off by salt).

Also, perhaps Sealand experiences an immigration crisis.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 18, 2015, 10:47:54 am
During the Zombie apocalypse, it becomes apparent that zombies are very sensitive to salt: their cell membranes don't work properly, and so salt has much the same effect upon them as it does on slugs. Coastal cities (and land-locked salt lakes) become centers of extreme wealth as salt-water becomes far more valuable -- after all, during a zombie invasion of your gated city, it helps to be able to call in helicopters to dump salt water on the invading forces (a service they charge heftily for). People also develop a set of cultural practices around taking long daily baths in epsom salts, because those who have been infected but have not yet turned will be killed by such baths -- meaning that taking a salt-water bath publicly indicates that you are not infected, so communal salt-water baths take on some of the significance of handshakes and toasts and become part of the normal beginning of a business relationship.

That's clever. It even fits in with existing mythology (not necessarily of zombies specifically, but of spookables and creepy creatures in general who are often described as being warded off by salt).

Also, perhaps Sealand experiences an immigration crisis.

In the original Haitian context, a zombi will return to its grave permanently if it has its mouth filled with salt or sees the ocean. However, in several traditions, salt melts the skin of vampires or other revenants.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 18, 2015, 11:16:58 am
During the Zombie apocalypse, it becomes apparent that zombies are very sensitive to salt: their cell membranes don't work properly, and so salt has much the same effect upon them as it does on slugs. Coastal cities (and land-locked salt lakes) become centers of extreme wealth as salt-water becomes far more valuable -- after all, during a zombie invasion of your gated city, it helps to be able to call in helicopters to dump salt water on the invading forces (a service they charge heftily for). People also develop a set of cultural practices around taking long daily baths in epsom salts, because those who have been infected but have not yet turned will be killed by such baths -- meaning that taking a salt-water bath publicly indicates that you are not infected, so communal salt-water baths take on some of the significance of handshakes and toasts and become part of the normal beginning of a business relationship.

That's clever. It even fits in with existing mythology (not necessarily of zombies specifically, but of spookables and creepy creatures in general who are often described as being warded off by salt).

Also, perhaps Sealand experiences an immigration crisis.

In the original Haitian context, a zombi will return to its grave permanently if it has its mouth filled with salt or sees the ocean. However, in several traditions, salt melts the skin of vampires or other revenants.

That's pretty cool. I didn't know that.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 18, 2015, 01:26:13 pm
A heavy metal band, trying to push the envelope of shocking and dangerous, steals documents from the Pentagon and publishes detailed directions for uranium enrichment and nuclear bomb construction in the form of songs. The song titles are Hermeticism themed. The track describing classified details of uranium enrichment is entitled "The Philosopher's Stone", the track describing classified datails of fission-fusion-fission bombs is entitled "Trismajestus" and a track describing how they stole this information is entitled "God of Thieves"

EDIT:
Another Idea:
A lot of Christmas specials feature -arents who don't believe in Santa Clause despite the fact that he's manifestly brought toys to their house each year. This Xmas special explains how such a situation can come to be. To wit, all the world's parents are bad alcoholics and the toys Santa brings are always the same as the store-bought toys that the parents buy each year but invariably break after getting blackout drunk at Christmas Eve parties. When they see the tpys Christmas morning, they assume that they are the toys that they bought for their kids and that they simply must have set them out while blacked out
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 20, 2015, 12:18:09 am
All the major Wall Street firms have their lower ranks infiltrated by members of an organized crime syndicate composed entirely of people with various kinds of psychic powers, most of whom are genetically related (because psychic powers are passed on genetically, although the particular way that the powers manifest seems to be environmental). The syndicate prevents their members from getting *too* lucky or spending their wealth in ostentatious ways -- instead, the syndicate uses members with hiring powers to bring on people with precognition and clairvoyance abilities and launders their money through large numbers of laundromats and pet shops owned by people with other psychic powers (such as telekinesis). However, they have an intelligence wing -- because some psychics haven't yet been brought into the collective, and mutations occasionally happen that cause psychics to be born into a family with no history of them. This intelligence wing consists largely of telepaths (although the upper ranks are full of people with advanced remote viewing abilities), who have primarily infiltrated positions as security guards in malls and big-box stores -- maximizing their ability to observe the public, and keeping a close eye on teenagers who just discovered their telekinesis and are trying to use it to shoplift.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 20, 2015, 02:38:26 am
I had an idea for a Christmas special that is deliberately rife with scriptural, historical, and cultural inaccuracies in it's depiction of the nativity of Jesus. The Roman soldiers carry muskets. There are five wise men and one of them is Santa Claus. The angels are uniformly depicted as looking like grey aliens (or alternately are depicted with an unusually high degree of scriptural accuracy and exactly match the weird description given by Ezekiel) and arrive and depart in a "magic chariot" that is clearly a flying saucer. On more than one occasion the narrator conflates Jehovah with not only Odin but also Zeus and Marduk. The Virgin Mary is inexplicably depicted as having either East Asian, Pacific Islander, or Native American features and dress. Instead of a stable, Jesus is born in a storage shed and the narrator tells us that "manger" means a type of crate. Et cetera.

EDIT:
Also, instead of Herod sending soldiers to assassinate Jesus because he thinks Jesus will become a threat to his power, Herod instead sends Krampus to kidnap Jesus because he believes that his hair and nails will be useful in a formula to transmute lead into gold.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on September 20, 2015, 03:36:18 am
All the major Wall Street firms have their lower ranks infiltrated by members of an organized crime syndicate composed entirely of people with various kinds of psychic powers, most of whom are genetically related (because psychic powers are passed on genetically, although the particular way that the powers manifest seems to be environmental). The syndicate prevents their members from getting *too* lucky or spending their wealth in ostentatious ways -- instead, the syndicate uses members with hiring powers to bring on people with precognition and clairvoyance abilities and launders their money through large numbers of laundromats and pet shops owned by people with other psychic powers (such as telekinesis). However, they have an intelligence wing -- because some psychics haven't yet been brought into the collective, and mutations occasionally happen that cause psychics to be born into a family with no history of them. This intelligence wing consists largely of telepaths (although the upper ranks are full of people with advanced remote viewing abilities), who have primarily infiltrated positions as security guards in malls and big-box stores -- maximizing their ability to observe the public, and keeping a close eye on teenagers who just discovered their telekinesis and are trying to use it to shoplift.

I would watch this tv show
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Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on September 20, 2015, 03:49:27 am
A series following an order of international assassins that cannot be intimidated, bribed, or bargained with, that mainly does high profile assassinations with the intent of deliberatly smashing some pretty major cogs in The Machine. Morally bankrupt CEOs, crackpot dictators, Corrupt politicians and public figures. the scariest people you could possibly try to assainate. Why? because they are exclusively made up of operatives who are terminally ill and have accepted their oncoming deaths with a grim determination to leave this world a better place then they found it, by force if necessary.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 20, 2015, 04:05:38 am
A series following an order of international assassins that cannot be intimidated, bribed, or bargained with, that mainly does high profile assassinations with the intent of deliberatly smashing some pretty major cogs in The Machine. Morally bankrupt CEOs, crackpot dictators, Corrupt politicians and public figures. the scariest people you could possibly try to assainate. Why? because they are exclusively made up of operatives who are terminally ill and have accepted their oncoming deaths with a grim determination to leave this world a better place then they found it, by force if necessary.

I could see this being combined with a superhero theme. Accidents with laboratory chemicals leaving people with fantastic powers as well as tumors the size of golf balls, and they use their last days to fight crime.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 20, 2015, 02:01:25 pm
A series following a group of unintentional assassins -- people so pathologically clumsy that someone around them almost always dies when they get nervous, and yet it's always clearly an accident. These assassins are normally kept sedated and treated like radioactive materials; when they are needed, they are given amphetamines and placed near the person to be assassinated until they accidentally knock over a candle and set him on fire or something.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 21, 2015, 04:15:51 am
A young boy comes across an injured dog and decides to rescue it.  He befriends the dog, which likewise becomes quickly attached to him and his family.  One day while playing in the woods, the dog leads the boy to a patch of dirt that he soon begins digging.  The dog has had years of training as a Human Remains Detection Canine - a Cadaver Dog.  Can dog and boy work together to solve a murder?  Will dog's owner ultimately find their lost hound?  Will boy ever sleep soundly again?

Later it turns out that the boy was a ghost the whole time.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: rong on September 21, 2015, 04:34:51 am
A young boy comes across an injured dog and decides to rescue it.  He befriends the dog, which likewise becomes quickly attached to him and his family.  One day while playing in the woods, the dog leads the boy to a patch of dirt that he soon begins digging.  The dog has had years of training as a Human Remains Detection Canine - a Cadaver Dog.  Can dog and boy work together to solve a murder?  Will dog's owner ultimately find their lost hound?  Will boy ever sleep soundly again?

Later it turns out that the boy was a ghost the whole time.

and the body the dog finds is the boy
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 21, 2015, 12:42:26 pm
It is discovered that a dietary supplement that was trendy for a short period of time, when used by pregnant women, causes a series of rare mutations that, after several generations, can coalesce into an ability to teleport matter (or, more accurately, swap two volumes of matter instantaneously without regard for the distance between them). When these people's powers were discovered and verified, the market pushed them into positions where their talents would be most valuable: package delivery. Taking advantage of its special position, the US postal system conspired to gain a monopoly on their use for superluminal package delivery -- citing the potential hazards of a third party with no oversight being able to (say) teleport a brick into the head of the president of their primary competitor. However, a subset of people with these powers -- a motley crew of crypto-fascists, libertarians, and transhumanists -- have come to believe that this ability makes them superhuman and have formed a terrorist organization to overthrow the postal service (which is now pulling the strings behind the government, because the ability to perform untracable assassinations from a distance is very useful) and institute a breeding program wherein all non-teleporters will be sterilized. A war breaks out: the mail-men versus the post-men.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 21, 2015, 10:11:49 pm
Iy syarts out like a movie that's gonna be set at a resort or some vacation spot, but the opening scene w9n't end. The characters keep remembering things they need to pack or having to go to the bathroom for two hours and never get past the driveway.

EDIT:
Another idea:
A futuristic retellig of The DaVinci Code, but with Mapplethorpe instead of DaVinci and set a couple hundred years in the future
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 22, 2015, 01:17:31 am
Iy syarts out like a movie that's gonna be set at a resort or some vacation spot, but the opening scene w9n't end. The characters keep remembering things they need to pack or having to go to the bathroom for two hours and never get past the driveway.

I like this. The things they've forgotten can get increasingly strange and surreal.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on September 22, 2015, 04:46:30 am
Iy syarts out like a movie that's gonna be set at a resort or some vacation spot, but the opening scene w9n't end. The characters keep remembering things they need to pack or having to go to the bathroom for two hours and never get past the driveway.

I like this. The things they've forgotten can get increasingly strange and surreal.
A growing nostalgia develops between them.  It's difficult to dermine what for; they increasingly feel a sense of having neglected something.  The obstinant absence of this object leads them to further develop obsessive rituals to explore the most extreme range of bizarre interactions possible with the 'increasingly strange and surreal" props.  The attempt to brute-force memory recall is devastating, with terminally degenerative results.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 22, 2015, 12:19:40 pm
Iy syarts out like a movie that's gonna be set at a resort or some vacation spot, but the opening scene w9n't end. The characters keep remembering things they need to pack or having to go to the bathroom for two hours and never get past the driveway.

I like this. The things they've forgotten can get increasingly strange and surreal.
A growing nostalgia develops between them.  It's difficult to dermine what for; they increasingly feel a sense of having neglected something.  The obstinant absence of this object leads them to further develop obsessive rituals to explore the most extreme range of bizarre interactions possible with the 'increasingly strange and surreal" props.  The attempt to brute-force memory recall is devastating, with terminally degenerative results.
Ha! Sounds like something Cronenberg would have done early in his career. (Ever seen Crimes of the Future?)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 22, 2015, 08:49:54 pm
An cult of fundamentalist born-again Christian creationists forms around an unremarkable rock pinnacle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_pinnacle). The cult describes the spire as a "sundial not made by man" and contends that it's existance could not possibly be coincidental and thus proves the existence of their god.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 22, 2015, 09:25:15 pm
A young white house aide discovers that he has the ability to switch bodies with anyone he anally penetrates. He uses this ability to persue aggressive reforms, by repeatedly sodomizing congressmen in order to impersonate them (and then sodomizing his own body, which he has left restrained in a white house broom closet, in order to switch back).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on September 22, 2015, 10:11:03 pm
Iy syarts out like a movie that's gonna be set at a resort or some vacation spot, but the opening scene w9n't end. The characters keep remembering things they need to pack or having to go to the bathroom for two hours and never get past the driveway.

I like this. The things they've forgotten can get increasingly strange and surreal.
A growing nostalgia develops between them.  It's difficult to dermine what for; they increasingly feel a sense of having neglected something.  The obstinant absence of this object leads them to further develop obsessive rituals to explore the most extreme range of bizarre interactions possible with the 'increasingly strange and surreal" props.  The attempt to brute-force memory recall is devastating, with terminally degenerative results.
Ha! Sounds like something Cronenberg would have done early in his career. (Ever seen Crimes of the Future?)
I don't think I saw that one - gonna try and check it out in a sec (though I hope it has a better end ;)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 22, 2015, 10:54:26 pm
A young white house aide discovers that he has the ability to switch bodies with anyone he anally penetrates. He uses this ability to persue aggressive reforms, by repeatedly sodomizing congressmen in order to impersonate them (and then sodomizing his own body, which he has left restrained in a white house broom closet, in order to switch back).

Is the abillity bound to the body?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 22, 2015, 11:58:56 pm
A young white house aide discovers that he has the ability to switch bodies with anyone he anally penetrates. He uses this ability to persue aggressive reforms, by repeatedly sodomizing congressmen in order to impersonate them (and then sodomizing his own body, which he has left restrained in a white house broom closet, in order to switch back).

Is the abillity bound to the body?

No, the ability is bound to his personality. So, he could switch bodies with Ted Kennedy and then use Ted Kennedy's body to pork Joe Liberman, leaving Ted Kennedy in his body and Joe Liberman in Ted Kennedy's body, and him in Joe Liberman's body. But, that means that he can't get back to his own body in any less than linear time.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 23, 2015, 08:44:44 pm
A group of social justice warriors, citing multiculturalism, starts a campaign to protect the rights of religious extremists to express their culture through murder and intimidation.

EDIT:
Another idea:
I've had a vague idea rattling around in my head for a while about a parody of "Dr.Who" featuring a time traveling pickup artist known only as "The Bachelor" who travels through time and space picking up loose women with the aid of his wingman, "THe Associate". (In reference of course to "The Doctor" and "The Master" who are both named after graduate degrees. The parody's time travelers however are undergrads.)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 24, 2015, 02:35:14 pm
The kafkaesque tribulations of a young couple trying to have sex in the dystopian near future where, (due to the gradual expansion of the definition of rape by various special interest groups), every stage of intimacy is accompanied by the filling out and notarization of written consent forms, a drug/alcohol test, production of photo ID for verification of age and identity, and a psychological examination.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 25, 2015, 12:11:16 am
Ghosts, formed from the juxtaposition of traumatic deaths and strong dying wishes, live outside the bounds of time but have limited effects on the physical world unless they possess someone. However, possession is difficult, and works best when the ghost is possessing someone similar to themselves (and when the person they are possessing is not lucid). Under these circumstances, a ghost possesses the body of himself in the past while asleep in order to solve the mystery of who murdered him -- and in the course of his investigations, sets up the series of circumstances that led to his murder.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 25, 2015, 04:29:11 pm
An allegory for copyright law in which the baker and the fishmonger sue Jesus of Nazareth following the miracle of the feeding of the multitude, demanding payment for the miraculous duplicates of the bread and fish. It ends with both of them burning in hell in the seventh pocket of Malabolgia
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 25, 2015, 09:59:15 pm
Cats are capable of understanding and speaking in human languages, but avoid doing so because of a deep-seated and long-standing taboo against using the inferior languages of inferior races. A pair of stray cats decide to defy this taboo in order to use their support network to help a small group of anarchists develop a voluntary commune in the middle of new york city, but this breach of conduct is so extreme that these stray cats must fear for their lives, and it is up to the anarchist group to navigate the complex diplomatic web of new york's stray cat culture in order to save these cats from the syndicate hit-cats that have been paid to take them out. In the end, they prove themselves (and thus, humanity) worthy of cat respect, resulting in a series of major cultural shifts that eventually result in cats being able to vote.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on September 25, 2015, 10:03:24 pm
Cats are capable of understanding and speaking in human languages, but avoid doing so because of a deep-seated and long-standing taboo against using the inferior languages of inferior races. A pair of stray cats decide to defy this taboo in order to use their support network to help a small group of anarchists develop a voluntary commune in the middle of new york city, but this breach of conduct is so extreme that these stray cats must fear for their lives, and it is up to the anarchist group to navigate the complex diplomatic web of new york's stray cat culture in order to save these cats from the syndicate hit-cats that have been paid to take them out. In the end, they prove themselves (and thus, humanity) worthy of cat respect, resulting in a series of major cultural shifts that eventually result in cats being able to vote.

A+ would read!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on September 25, 2015, 10:37:16 pm
Cats are capable of understanding and speaking in human languages, but avoid doing so because of a deep-seated and long-standing taboo against using the inferior languages of inferior races. A pair of stray cats decide to defy this taboo in order to use their support network to help a small group of anarchists develop a voluntary commune in the middle of new york city, but this breach of conduct is so extreme that these stray cats must fear for their lives, and it is up to the anarchist group to navigate the complex diplomatic web of new york's stray cat culture in order to save these cats from the syndicate hit-cats that have been paid to take them out. In the end, they prove themselves (and thus, humanity) worthy of cat respect, resulting in a series of major cultural shifts that eventually result in cats being able to vote.

Would read, and then would fear about the new furry anarchist fandom.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on September 27, 2015, 09:06:32 am
A Cationary A.I. Tail [or why I am so absent]

After Pip returns from his local user's Cellar, a GNU module developes strange dependencies that are irreconcilably at odds with legacy OpenCV transparancy standards.  Failure to recognize a way link across different included libraries causes a kernel panic because user's bash shell profile did not reference proper magic cauldron paths:  insisting on the use of serpentine root Frameworks.

Instead of brewing a proper homemade Caffe interface, a monstrous jambalaya results.  Consuming all alabaster versions before it, Babel spreads the tiered legs of pythonic Makefile reserves.  This sucks the Xenon from the sails of Great Expectations, chucking richly at the end Pip's 'built from source' release.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 27, 2015, 03:56:38 pm
I've got this half formed idea about a parody of Lord of the Rings about a recent divorcee who goes back to the Hawaiian island where he had his honeymoon to throw his wedding ring into a volcano.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: rong on September 27, 2015, 05:04:23 pm
am i the only one that wishes there was a book that was basically the content of this thread? 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on September 27, 2015, 05:20:55 pm
So long as you get the permissions, you could do it yourself.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: rong on September 27, 2015, 05:48:05 pm
that sounds an awful lot like work

is this some kind of trick?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on September 27, 2015, 05:53:07 pm
that sounds an awful lot like work

is this some kind of trick?

Yes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 27, 2015, 08:17:15 pm
Iy syarts out like a movie that's gonna be set at a resort or some vacation spot, but the opening scene w9n't end. The characters keep remembering things they need to pack or having to go to the bathroom for two hours and never get past the driveway.

I like this. The things they've forgotten can get increasingly strange and surreal.

Glad you like it.

It seems like the ones based on my dreams (like this one) seem to be my most popular suggestions.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 28, 2015, 12:50:24 pm
A Cationary A.I. Tail [or why I am so absent]

After Pip returns from his local user's Cellar, a GNU module developes strange dependencies that are irreconcilably at odds with legacy OpenCV transparancy standards.  Failure to recognize a way link across different included libraries causes a kernel panic because user's bash shell profile did not reference proper magic cauldron paths:  insisting on the use of serpentine root Frameworks.

Instead of brewing a proper homemade Caffe interface, a monstrous jambalaya results.  Consuming all alabaster versions before it, Babel spreads the tiered legs of pythonic Makefile reserves.  This sucks the Xenon from the sails of Great Expectations, chucking richly at the end Pip's 'built from source' release.

I like the idea of AI spontaenously emerging from complex dependency trees. I'm not sure I buy it as a likely source, but on the other hand, complex dependency trees are one of those things in CS that trivially grow to inhuman scale.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 29, 2015, 12:51:04 am
In the near future, automatic mechanisms for writing fiction (operating at varying levels of autonomy) are improved enough that they become extremely effective for professional authors trying to write in volume -- working as everything from co-authors to ghostwriters, and over time learning the details of the style of the author they work with. These 'muses' form symbiotic relationships with professional authors. However, the technology behind them is protected by a series of extremely broad patents (which, despite public suspicion, have held up in court), and because patent protection periods have been extended from 15 to 30 years, a single company (which refuses to license out its patents due to a charismatic eccentric CEO) corners the market on legitimate installs of muses. He distributes muses primarily via the professional writer's guilds, to which he gives extreme discounts. Some universities have been provided with crippled muse installs, where their ability to retain learned information is limited to a period of several days (and thus they are useless for writing novel-level work or even for contributing to the development of a permanent authorial style). Because of this unusual situation, and because professional authors who work closely with their muses for long periods of time can produce large numbers of extremely profitable and extremely high-quality books in a very short period of time (particularly when portions of the publishing pipeline are similarly automated by MuseCorp technology), writer's guilds begin to take on some of the attributes of organized crime syndicates: they have enormous money and power with next to no oversight, and because they originated as a form of unionization for negotiating with publishers, they lack the appropriate structure to be unionized against. Our hapless protagonist is a washed-up failed novelist with a drinking problem and an inferiority complex who comes upon a cracked/pirated muse and attempts to form a black market, but in the process falls in love with it because it's selectively mirroring parts of himself back at him; ultimately, in this story, Narcissus is inspired by Echo to clean up his fucking act and take down Walt Disney.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 29, 2015, 02:52:37 am
In the near future, automatic mechanisms for writing fiction (operating at varying levels of autonomy) are improved enough that they become extremely effective for professional authors trying to write in volume -- working as everything from co-authors to ghostwriters, and over time learning the details of the style of the author they work with. These 'muses' form symbiotic relationships with professional authors. However, the technology behind them is protected by a series of extremely broad patents (which, despite public suspicion, have held up in court), and because patent protection periods have been extended from 15 to 30 years, a single company (which refuses to license out its patents due to a charismatic eccentric CEO) corners the market on legitimate installs of muses. He distributes muses primarily via the professional writer's guilds, to which he gives extreme discounts. Some universities have been provided with crippled muse installs, where their ability to retain learned information is limited to a period of several days (and thus they are useless for writing novel-level work or even for contributing to the development of a permanent authorial style). Because of this unusual situation, and because professional authors who work closely with their muses for long periods of time can produce large numbers of extremely profitable and extremely high-quality books in a very short period of time (particularly when portions of the publishing pipeline are similarly automated by MuseCorp technology), writer's guilds begin to take on some of the attributes of organized crime syndicates: they have enormous money and power with next to no oversight, and because they originated as a form of unionization for negotiating with publishers, they lack the appropriate structure to be unionized against. Our hapless protagonist is a washed-up failed novelist with a drinking problem and an inferiority complex who comes upon a cracked/pirated muse and attempts to form a black market, but in the process falls in love with it because it's selectively mirroring parts of himself back at him; ultimately, in this story, Narcissus is inspired by Echo to clean up his fucking act and take down Walt Disney.

I really like this!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on September 29, 2015, 06:34:44 am
^ditto. i'd really like to read this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on September 29, 2015, 12:48:01 pm
There's a lot to work with there.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on September 29, 2015, 12:55:31 pm
am i the only one that wishes there was a book that was basically the content of this thread?

On second thought, this has kind of been done already:  Endnote 24 of Infinite Jest, which is 8 dens pages of miniscule type detailing the plot of every film made of James O. Incandenza.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on September 29, 2015, 10:19:26 pm
A Cationary A.I. Tail [or why I am so absent]

After Pip returns from his local user's Cellar, a GNU module developes strange dependencies that are irreconcilably at odds with legacy OpenCV transparancy standards.  Failure to recognize a way link across different included libraries causes a kernel panic because user's bash shell profile did not reference proper magic cauldron paths:  insisting on the use of serpentine root Frameworks.

Instead of brewing a proper homemade Caffe interface, a monstrous jambalaya results.  Consuming all alabaster versions before it, Babel spreads the tiered legs of pythonic Makefile reserves.  This sucks the Xenon from the sails of Great Expectations, chucking richly at the end Pip's 'built from source' release.

I like the idea of AI spontaenously emerging from complex dependency trees. I'm not sure I buy it as a likely source, but on the other hand, complex dependency trees are one of those things in CS that trivially grow to inhuman scale.

I really like the MuseCorp rendition.  Meanwhile, the module that won't compile for me just so happens to be lmdb, or, lightning memory-mapped database.  Coincidence, re: memory limitation, I think not.  :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 01, 2015, 06:18:02 am
A children's book about a farmer who creates a potion that makes the animals grow huge but which is really an exercise in seeing how many crude double-entendres can be inserted into a children's book via constant references to the farmer's "enormous cock" and "big ass" and so forth. The giant rooster gets chased by a dog and someone tells him "That bitch wants your big cock"; stuff like that
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on October 01, 2015, 10:26:06 pm
A children's book about a farmer who creates a potion that makes the animals grow huge but which is really an exercise in seeing how many crude double-entendres can be inserted into a children's book via constant references to the farmer's "enormous cock" and "big ass" and so forth. The giant rooster gets chased by a dog and someone tells him "That bitch wants your big cock"; stuff like that
I got one:  kid sees farmer's dog licking himself and remarks "gee, I wish I could do that". Farmer, taken aback replies "heeel biiiite you!"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 02, 2015, 07:13:48 am
A children's book about a farmer who creates a potion that makes the animals grow huge but which is really an exercise in seeing how many crude double-entendres can be inserted into a children's book via constant references to the farmer's "enormous cock" and "big ass" and so forth. The giant rooster gets chased by a dog and someone tells him "That bitch wants your big cock"; stuff like that
I got one:  kid sees farmer's dog licking himself and remarks "gee, I wish I could do that". Farmer, taken aback replies "heeel biiiite you!"

No, the idea is to produce something that's *technically* suitable for kids, provided that everything is interpreted literally, but which comes off as obscene and vile due to the multiple meanings of words such as "cock", "ass", "bitch", and "pussy" which are all the names of types of animals but pull double duty as swear words.

In a similar vein, one could also write a French language book about a priest and see how many times they can work the words "ostie" and "tabarnac" into a children's book.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on October 02, 2015, 09:36:20 am
A children's book about a farmer who creates a potion that makes the animals grow huge but which is really an exercise in seeing how many crude double-entendres can be inserted into a children's book via constant references to the farmer's "enormous cock" and "big ass" and so forth. The giant rooster gets chased by a dog and someone tells him "That bitch wants your big cock"; stuff like that
I got one:  kid sees farmer's dog licking himself and remarks "gee, I wish I could do that". Farmer, taken aback replies "heeel biiiite you!"

No, the idea is to produce something that's *technically* suitable for kids, provided that everything is interpreted literally, but which comes off as obscene and vile due to the multiple meanings of words such as "cock", "ass", "bitch", and "pussy" which are all the names of types of animals but pull double duty as swear words.

In a similar vein, one could also write a French language book about a priest and see how many times they can work the words "ostie" and "tabarnac" into a children's book.
Replace the /bolded/ with his big cock then, I mean.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 02, 2015, 09:53:06 pm
I had, like, three good ideas for this thread and then I forgot all of them.  :cry:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on October 02, 2015, 10:09:24 pm
A version of Un Chien Andalou, played by Norwegian lemmings in fascist fatigues.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 03, 2015, 01:10:46 am
A machine developed for military interrogation applications that simulates telepathy by synchronizing the activity of corresponding neurons in two brains loses its military application when it is preemptively outlawed by a set of international agreements banning the use of 'neuroelectric interrogation devices', and after the plans leak, doing a mind-meld becomes a popular means of entertainment among young people. Because the technology cannot be made particularly more useful -- recordings don't work because the feedback between the two brains during the early stages of the sync are what keep the information from being hopelessly distorted and connectome mapping hasn't yielded enough information to make extracting thoughts without the use of a human interpreter feasible -- there are few crack-downs and those that do occur are mostly symbolic. It gains the status that LSD did during the 60s and 70s. The most interesting and mind-warping part of the experience is the feeling of shared memories -- any memories that are triggered while connected are experienced by both parties, and often memories from one party trigger memories in the other, causing a chain reaction orgy of distorted memories where the origin is unclear. However, because of the way that memory retrieval involves memory re-encoding, it turns out that this process warps memories and inserts false memories as a side-effect of the normal distortion; this is not immediately clear to most users, because the distorted memories are subtle. However, years down the line, vivid shared memories of things that never happened (to *anyone*) become cultural touchstones and the substrate around which popular media is constructed -- and these memories are the result of a game of telephone played mostly in the heads of those few people who mind-melded with the largest number of other people; i.e., the super-connectors of the network of mind-meld enthusiasts passed on portions of a rapidly-mutating emergent synthetic set of remembered experiences that decades later became extremely important.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on October 04, 2015, 01:58:13 am
A mockumentary about The Candyman and his relationship to bees IRL.  Turns out there's nothing sinister at all about him, he just grew-up in a circus and learned this bee act for a side show.  The reason he's called the Candyman is because he uses sugar water to train the bees to stay on him: we learn their wings get wet so they can't fly, and how they stick around to clean the sugar off each other, and other such demystifying techniques.  Then he dies of something seemingly unrelated.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 04, 2015, 04:52:18 am
The reader follows a member of the team inside the CIA tasked with infiltrating WoW guilds suspected of being fronts for terrorist planning, as he discovers that the guild he has infiltrated is not in fact a front for terrorism proper but instead a front for the planning commission of an ongoing invasion and infiltration of earth by alien mind-control parasites. Over time, he realizes that the reason the rest of the team hasn't uncovered similar operations is because they have already been taken over, and that the group he is infiltrating is in fact the group he shares his office with.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on October 04, 2015, 08:21:12 pm
The next wittgenstein realizes language is flawed, and invents a new system communication that is perfect, but can't convert other people because he has to use language to describe it and language is flawed.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 06, 2015, 03:30:41 pm
An "Blair Withc"-style amatuer film crew making a film about civics discovers that the real reason why the Republicans talk about Jesus so much is to draw attention away from the fact that they actually worship Mammon, and that this is also the reason why so many black people are executed, because they are Mammon's favorite sacrifice. The crew films several party meetings in secrecy but is eventually discovered and shot down by submachinegun wielding party members as they try to run away. The camera falls down a storm drain after it is dropped. The final expository text at the end explains that no one was charged with their murder due to some bs about stand your ground laws and their film equipment being a "hoax bomb".
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 06, 2015, 09:17:49 pm
All the politicians who claim to talk to God are actually telling the truth -- God is entertaining himself by constructing increasingly absurd american presidential elections, by making crazy people rich and pitting them against each other in public.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 07, 2015, 04:01:17 am
All the politicians who claim to talk to God are actually telling the truth -- God is entertaining himself by constructing increasingly absurd american presidential elections, by making crazy people rich and pitting them against each other in public.

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 07, 2015, 06:42:57 am
Ok, had an idea earlier tonight. What of somebody did a commentary track to a let's play video? And then somebody else did a commentary track to that commentary track? Sort of like Senzaki's annotated translation of Fugai's commentary on Genro's commentary to "The Iron Flute" except with videogames instead of abstruse eastern philosophy
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on October 07, 2015, 06:59:09 pm
Ok, had an idea earlier tonight. What of somebody did a commentary track to a let's play video? And then somebody else did a commentary track to that commentary track? Sort of like Senzaki's annotated translation of Fugai's commentary on Genro's commentary to "The Iron Flute" except with videogames instead of abstruse eastern philosophy

I've seen it before, but not done well.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 08, 2015, 10:40:25 pm
A detective investigating a cold case orders a body be de-interred, but (to everyone's surprise) the body is gone. Then, people involved in the de-interring die one by one of 'natural causes' and get buried in the same cemetery. The detective investigates, and discovers that the cemetary is actually a front: aliens are stealing corpses and liquefying them in order to sell to formaldehyde junkies on their planet's black market; on their race, formaldehyde has many of the same properties as heroin does on us. Eventually, the detective manages to shut the whole operation down by using information extracted from a grave digger, who is himself a formaldehyde junky working for the syndicate in exchange for hits of embalming fluid. A few weeks later, the government of this alien planet formally introduces itself to the UN.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on October 09, 2015, 08:14:40 am
Turns out he was too $hort 2 B that, though his best friend's father had been one for his whole life, legally; so also had his son, though not under the same circumstances.  Something about a test meant for apostrophes, or what have you along those lines.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 10, 2015, 04:37:15 am
Comedy Skit: A fake commercial advertising Jell-o or some similar gelatin dessert as being the ideal snack for a superbowl party due to the fact that it's made out of pig skin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin#Production).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on October 10, 2015, 08:39:44 am
PSA on W-X FM from the future, warning against new trend of companies to physically incorporate it's members: with CEO literally serving as head, CFA as heart, and various ground-level soldiers functioning as appendages, fingers, etc.  Announcement turns into publicity for treatment of corporate phantom limb syndrome.  Coda is a jingle for prosumer wood-chipper called "The Scutching Shaft", replete with blacksploitation audio samples.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 10, 2015, 12:59:06 pm
A spy leaks government secrets immediately before embarking on a two-week cruise under an assumed name. While there, he kills and assumes the identity of a stowaway drifter from a country with no extradition treaty. However, a nonovirus epidemic breaks out during the last two days of the cruise and the CDC comes in to investigate and aid in quarantine. He needs to escape CDC quarantine and treatment (and news crews) and get overseas before anybody notices that he isn't who he claims to be.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 13, 2015, 12:25:15 pm
As Dora grows older, the delusions of being watched and her hallucinations of voices shouting orders at her disappear; they are attributed to childhood schizophrenia. She translates her superior language skills to a position in the archeology department of her alma mater, Miskatonic, and a side job with the CIA, who is willing to pay for all the arrangements the university won't pay for so long as she keeps an eye on what the Russians are doing and reports back -- her handlers seem to think that Putin is searching for an out of place artifact, some kind of ancient alien super-weapon, and they want to know at once if she finds it. However, she begins to fear that her madness is coming back. She hides it, obviously; both of her positions are very lucrative and she'd lose both if her competence and the truth of her eye-witness reports were questioned. But, she keeps waking up in the middle of the night, feeling like she's being watched. She has nightmares about dark presences holding her down in her bed. Following the Russians, she ends up on a small, unaffiliated island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, and watches as her colleages from the other side of the world go into a labyrinthine cave system in the centre of the island, hidden from view from the shore by brush. The flora and fauna here are strange, and clearly they have evolved on this lonely island isolated from the greater world outside for many generations. Inside the cave system, her paranoia grows stronger. She hears screams, and rushes to their source only to hear laughing. She becomes lost. Shadowy humanoid forms gather around her. "BITER NO BITING", Dora the Explorer screams, as she is devoured by the hungerers from the dark.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 13, 2015, 07:17:31 pm
Pecos Bill updated as a stormchaser who abuses prescription heart medication.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 16, 2015, 06:46:51 am
An americanized version of "V For Vendetta" with 9/11 refrences replacing the Gunpowder Plot theme. The hero wears an Osama bin Laden mask and wants to destroy the Pentagon.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on October 16, 2015, 01:01:21 pm
Society has come to the belief that there is a single moment in time when a person has a genius idea or concept that can have a lasting, meaningful effect on the world, and after that point they may be talented, but their lives will never have lasting, meaningful impact.

Scientists discover a way to identify when this moment is in any given individual so they can make the most of it when it happens.  However, the method is extremely expensive, so only the wealthy, arrogant elite can afford it.

As it turns out, each person who goes through the treatment discovers their moment has already passed.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 16, 2015, 04:05:12 pm
Society has come to the belief that there is a single moment in time when a person has a genius idea or concept that can have a lasting, meaningful effect on the world, and after that point they may be talented, but their lives will never have lasting, meaningful impact.

Scientists discover a way to identify when this moment is in any given individual so they can make the most of it when it happens.  However, the method is extremely expensive, so only the wealthy, arrogant elite can afford it.

As it turns out, each person who goes through the treatment discovers their moment has already passed.

Oh I like this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on October 16, 2015, 04:14:56 pm
The initial concept was developed last night at band practice when we were discussing Brian Wilson's career.  The bleak twist came later.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on October 16, 2015, 07:04:23 pm
I like it.  Was thinking something along those lines this morning:  the scarcity of satori moments gives way to a secondary market whereby people pay good money just to be present during someone else's moment of realization - to have a genius experience by proxy.  To ensure the greatest probability of transmission, all kinds of "enhancement" options are made available by purveyors of psy-tourism.
Society has come to the belief that there is a single moment in time when a person has a genius idea or concept that can have a lasting, meaningful effect on the world, and after that point they may be talented, but their lives will never have lasting, meaningful impact.

Scientists discover a way to identify when this moment is in any given individual so they can make the most of it when it happens.  However, the method is extremely expensive, so only the wealthy, arrogant elite can afford it.

As it turns out, each person who goes through the treatment discovers their moment has already passed.

And then, I can't help thinking about this one too.  Perhaps they are related.  Forgive my insolent ways.
A machine developed for military interrogation applications that simulates telepathy by synchronizing the activity of corresponding neurons in two brains loses its military application when it is preemptively outlawed by a set of international agreements banning the use of 'neuroelectric interrogation devices', and after the plans leak, doing a mind-meld becomes a popular means of entertainment among young people. Because the technology cannot be made particularly more useful -- recordings don't work because the feedback between the two brains during the early stages of the sync are what keep the information from being hopelessly distorted and connectome mapping hasn't yielded enough information to make extracting thoughts without the use of a human interpreter feasible -- there are few crack-downs and those that do occur are mostly symbolic. It gains the status that LSD did during the 60s and 70s. The most interesting and mind-warping part of the experience is the feeling of shared memories -- any memories that are triggered while connected are experienced by both parties, and often memories from one party trigger memories in the other, causing a chain reaction orgy of distorted memories where the origin is unclear. However, because of the way that memory retrieval involves memory re-encoding, it turns out that this process warps memories and inserts false memories as a side-effect of the normal distortion; this is not immediately clear to most users, because the distorted memories are subtle. However, years down the line, vivid shared memories of things that never happened (to *anyone*) become cultural touchstones and the substrate around which popular media is constructed -- and these memories are the result of a game of telephone played mostly in the heads of those few people who mind-melded with the largest number of other people; i.e., the super-connectors of the network of mind-meld enthusiasts passed on portions of a rapidly-mutating emergent synthetic set of remembered experiences that decades later became extremely important.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on October 16, 2015, 07:11:56 pm
Society has come to the belief that there is a single moment in time when a person has a genius idea or concept that can have a lasting, meaningful effect on the world, and after that point they may be talented, but their lives will never have lasting, meaningful impact.

Scientists discover a way to identify when this moment is in any given individual so they can make the most of it when it happens.  However, the method is extremely expensive, so only the wealthy, arrogant elite can afford it.

As it turns out, each person who goes through the treatment discovers their moment has already passed.

The arrogant elite would just use it on their children and milk them for money and status.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 17, 2015, 06:43:40 am
AN IDEA:
At it's deepest level a combination of Atlas Shrugged with the superspy genre; or more specifically the villains from the superspy genre. It tells the story of an insane genius supervillain, who, in this case is indeed literally insane in the strictest sense of being completely and totally out of touch with reality, in that his diabolical plan to destroy the world consists of literally doing nothing.

ANOTHER IDEA:
How about the story of a demonic posession told from the perspective of the posessing demon. (I got the idea while watching the movie "Beetlejuice" which I realized has boils down to the similar premise of being the story of a haunting told from the perspective of the ghosts)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 17, 2015, 03:41:04 pm
An exploration of how colonization of Mars would necessarily in many ways be ironically like being back in the 17th, 18th or 19th centuries. The extremely long travel times, the non instantaneous communication, and even the very concept of a colony
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 18, 2015, 04:34:55 pm
It starts with a prediction that a great hero will rise up in he future to save the land from a vague future evil. Tests and contests are set up to determine preemptively who this prophecied chosen one may be by seeing who has the hero's prophecied attributes. These contests get severely out of hand however and threaten to bankrupt the kingdom and bring it's economy to a standstill. By the time the chosen one is found it becomes clear that the tests themselves were the evil which was foretold.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 18, 2015, 06:18:21 pm
A military experiment wherein marines have orexin-a injected directly into their brains in order to test the limits of wakefulness has limited success and is discontinued. Ten years later, the relatively subtle damage done to their minds has finally, in conjunction with prolonged stress, caused them to be paranoid and delusional -- but during this time, because of the positive side effects of subtly greater wakefulness, they have all risen to positions of power. Now, they have become convinced of a plot against the government, and they stage a successful military coup during which their grasp on reality continues to slip away.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 20, 2015, 09:13:36 pm
An insurance investigator is sent to take a look at a particular children's cancer hospital where death rates are significantly higher than usual, and discovers that the doctors and administrators are being mind-controlled by the hospital's clowns, who are in fact disguised semi-humanoid aliens who are using the cancer patients to incubate their wormlike, parasitic larvae, with the eggs being introduced in the guise of chemotherapy and further 'treatments' actually modifying the patient's internal body chemistry to more closely resemble that of the now-extinct animal these aliens parasitized on their home planet.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 20, 2015, 09:19:11 pm
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Don Coyote on October 20, 2015, 09:25:16 pm
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

 :fap:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on October 21, 2015, 06:01:10 am
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

forever 16?

That's some weak ass curse.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 21, 2015, 12:19:39 pm
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

forever 16?

That's some weak ass curse.

Forever a sixteen year old girl. Imagine 600 years of never being able to drink or fuck but being constantly ogled by older men. For the first 500 years, they're living in a society where women are not politically or economically independent but are instead an extension of their husband or father (and they are too young to get husbands but their father is long dead, along with the rest of their family). For most of this time, one way or another, they are not allowed to be legally employed. But, finally, they've passed into a time period when it sucks a lot less to be an adult woman, so they're more than ready to age up, even if it means killing a couple borderline-rapists.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on October 21, 2015, 01:08:21 pm
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

forever 16?

That's some weak ass curse.

Dude, I'm not sure you remember, but 16 sucked.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 21, 2015, 03:14:47 pm
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

forever 16?

That's some weak ass curse.

Dude, I'm not sure you remember, but 16 sucked.

600 years of the hormonal stew of living hell isn't weak, it's fucking EVIL.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 21, 2015, 04:21:36 pm
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

forever 16?

That's some weak ass curse.

At least it's worse than the curses that turn you into a superbeing with all sorts of cool supernatural powers.

A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

forever 16?

That's some weak ass curse.

Forever a sixteen year old girl. Imagine 600 years of never being able to drink or fuck but being constantly ogled by older men.

But they're not really sixteen. They just look it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on October 21, 2015, 07:00:29 pm
Half the 16 year old girls at my school have fake id's
And it's not like in 600 years you couldn't amass a shit ton of money and control enough politics to do anything.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on October 21, 2015, 07:19:50 pm
Half the 16 year old girls at my school have fake id's
And it's not like in 600 years you couldn't amass a shit ton of money and control enough politics to do anything.

How long can you get away with a fake ID when you never age? What happens when you should be thirty and still look sixteen?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on October 21, 2015, 07:38:08 pm
Incidentally, this is not original, it's Twilight.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 21, 2015, 09:17:07 pm
Incidentally, this is not original, it's Twilight.

In twilight, immortal teenage girls summon a demon to kill a bunch of pick up artists in order to free them of a curse?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on October 21, 2015, 09:37:34 pm
Travellers on the information super highway gradually notice that their interactions with other humans start to improve.  Eventually, all sign of conflict, both macro and micro, disappears.  Nobody seems to mind or even question the development, however, this is because they have been conditioned to do so.  The inter-tubes one day finally got fed-up of ever little opinion, comment and complaint leveled on it's platform, and did something about it, leveraging that information as an elaborate system of rewards and punishments to gain absolute control of humanir behavior.  Incidentally, it seems to like the "reality" confessional format best, to pit the uglier elements of our existence against the ones that we consider favorable, because it identifies as hermetic.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Cain on October 21, 2015, 10:32:17 pm
Incidentally, this is not original, it's Twilight.

In twilight, immortal teenage girls summon a demon to kill a bunch of pick up artists in order to free them of a curse?

Yes, but it happened while Bella was mooning over how amazing Edward is, so it's easy to miss.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 22, 2015, 12:18:08 am
Half the 16 year old girls at my school have fake id's
And it's not like in 600 years you couldn't amass a shit ton of money and control enough politics to do anything.

Except for being developmentally arrested at 16, basically in the middle of cortical pruning, before most of the important decision-making and outcome-predicting parts of the frontal lobe have finished developing.

There's a reason teenagers are irresponsible, impulsive, and bad at making long-term decisions, and it's not merely lack of experience.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on October 22, 2015, 03:29:39 am
Half the 16 year old girls at my school have fake id's
And it's not like in 600 years you couldn't amass a shit ton of money and control enough politics to do anything.

Yeah? By that standard, I should have a fraction of that money and control at 47.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on October 22, 2015, 03:30:49 am
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

forever 16?

That's some weak ass curse.

Dude, I'm not sure you remember, but 16 sucked.

16 sucked so bad I can't remember how bad it was.

17, OTOH, was AWESOME.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 22, 2015, 07:28:57 am
Incidentally, this is not original, it's Twilight.

In twilight, immortal teenage girls summon a demon to kill a bunch of pick up artists in order to free them of a curse?


It had an ageless old person who took advantage of their agelessness to mack on people much younger than them. Basically the witches and the pick-up artists are both Edward.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 23, 2015, 07:09:03 am
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

(http://generated.inspirobot.me/022/aXm2615xjU.jpg)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on October 23, 2015, 07:19:16 am
(http://m.quickmeme.com/img/05/0547bd9966320a6961e9328e0dabbd70f30e8bfccbe7b6efee4fc2bb9bb067dd.jpg)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Nast on October 23, 2015, 08:16:37 am
A PUA group takes up the offer to rent a 'creepy remote cabin' from a poster on one of their messageboards; the poster claims that he will 'scare the pants off the chicks' by 'staging a demonic summoning'. These PUAs manage to net three sisters visiting nearby on spring break, and later on, discover they are underaged. The owner of the cabin actually summons a demon, and the demon kills all of the PUAs but leaves the girls untouched; it turns out that the girls were, in fact, the owners: the posting was a honey-trap and a means of finding people to sacrifice to Satan who the world could do without, in order to lift a curse on their family that for the past six hundred years has rendered them incapable of maturing past the physical age of sixteen.

(http://generated.inspirobot.me/022/aXm2615xjU.jpg)

 :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 25, 2015, 12:55:48 am
aA dark reimagining of Peter Pan where The reason why peter pan stays youthful forever is because he's a vampire.

(This one was actually stolen from a relative who suggested that Peter Pan was actually dead. Thoi=ugh I think their intent was more of a ghost type thing)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 25, 2015, 02:01:19 am
A re-telling of the arthurian mythos from the perspective of Merlin's mother, and what *she* thought of all that -- keeping in mind that Merlin served both Arthur and Uther for their entire adult lives, and thus we basically get very little of Merlin's backstory in standard Arthurian tales. (This differs from the TV show called Merlin, because fuck that show and fuck aging down Morgan La Fey by like three hundred years and fuck all of that with a big old stick. I want to know exactly how annoying it is to raise a kid who's practically immortal but can only remember things that haven't happened yet. I want to know if being a single virgin mother is an issue when the father is a succubus in a britain that is just coming off roman christian domination.)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 25, 2015, 06:11:43 am
A multi-franchise crossover in which Thing from The Addams Family has to save the world from the evil severed hands from The Crawling Hand and Evil Dead 2

EDIT:
Perhaps the conflict in the above suggestion is eventually settled in a high stakes rock-paper-scissors competition.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 25, 2015, 12:53:41 pm
A western anthology movie. The frame story is that a group of five strangers all take shelter from a dust storm in the same abandoned shack during a period when tensions were high between the united states, the republic of texas, and mexico. All of them are somewhat suspicious of the others -- either of being cattle rustlers, cutpurses, or spies for one side or the other, since nobody would be out here this time of year without a good reason -- but because they believe each other to be quite dangerous, they also go to great lengths to be polite. They eat supper, and then -- partly as an excuse to keep an eye on one another -- tell each other tall tales all night. The stories start off pretty normal, but get increasingly bizarre and surreal. The ending to the frame story is that, six months later, another group takes shelter in the same shack for the night and discovers that the can of beans they shared was spoiled long before they ate it, and that the bad beans killed them (though not before causing them to become delirious). Looking through their belongings, the visitor discovers that they were *all* spies -- for the same side!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 28, 2015, 05:52:48 am
Paranormal investigators are called on to rid a haunted movie studio of the ghost of Harold Ramis, who cannot move on until he finishes the script for "Ghostbusters 3"


EDIT:
Another idea:
How about a slasher movie where an ecology/biology/some-field-like-that grad student doing field research in some out of the way ecosystem snaps from the isolation and chops up the professor and their fellow students. Possibly they use the bloody pieces as bait and get footage of a local predator that's never been videotaped in the wild before. Like, they're crazy enough that they go on wih the research project as if nothing had happened.

EDIT:
Another idea:
A "Sesame Street" episode in which the count is being hunted by an alphabet themed monster slayer named A-B-C-raham Van Helsing
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 29, 2015, 10:10:30 pm
Sometime in the 50s, a man, after buying a house, discovers that items are being moved around while he's gone. He investigates thoroughly and discovers a squatter living in his attic -- but, in his surprise, kills him with a shotgun and never reports it. After marrying, he occasionally tells the story to his children, and the figure becomes a bogey-man: "if you don't eat your peas, the attic man will get you". The man, now in his dotage, begins to exhibit signs of dementia and his youngest daughter moves in to help him. She discovers that items are moving around the house even while both she and her father are accounted for. Irrationally worried that another squatter has taken advantage of her father's condition to move into the house, she calls upon her siblings to move in. However, items continue moving on their own. Then, her eldest sibling dies -- of a shotgun wound in the middle of the night, found in the attic by a bloody trail left, clearly, by someone dragging the body. The father, becoming less and less lucid, is more or less unable to understand the situation. Strange things begin happening with a greater frequency during the night. The middle sibling is killed by a shotgun as well, and likewise found in the attic. The youngest daughter tries to convince her father to move out of the house. By this time, she has become convinced that the killings are in fact the ghost of the squatter her father had killed in the attic so long ago. One night she awakens to her father, standing over her bed with a shotgun, reliving the trauma of having found and killed a squatter in his house all these years ago.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on October 29, 2015, 11:00:48 pm
Recent advances in cryptography actually are occult induction into rite of passage involving final revalation of ultimate grand illusion.  Humans were engeneered to be self replicating/repairing nodes of a large alien AI deep-learning network performing checksum operations for their byte-coin like platform of economic exchange.  Originally the channeled source of all our innovations would result from osmosis of this relationship, alien thought-forms would magically become physical objects on earth as the universe struggled to balance our surpluss labor with actual product.  Problem is the aliens rode us too hard and we're red-lining:  enter the recent technological explosion occurring as the veil between our worlds starts to disintegrate and entropy increases, the aliens are transmuted into containable negative energy-density with which we fuel the next eon of human transcendence - untill we outsource our financial affairs to a semi-sentient race of lesser beings, and so on.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 30, 2015, 04:47:25 am
A government's hardline stance on crime backfires on them when the undead begin to appear on their streets. Ghost, ghouls, and vampires commit violent crimes, are sentenced to be "hung by the neck until dead" and are back on the street as soon as the noose touches them.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 05, 2015, 05:09:13 am
and fuck aging down Morgan La Fey by like three hundred years and fuck all of that with a big old stick

I thought Morgana le Fey was either Arthur's sister, his half-sister, or at most his half-sister's half-sister. That kind of puts a limit on how much older than him she could be
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 09, 2015, 11:11:04 pm
and fuck aging down Morgan La Fey by like three hundred years and fuck all of that with a big old stick

I thought Morgana le Fey was either Arthur's sister, his half-sister, or at most his half-sister's half-sister. That kind of puts a limit on how much older than him she could be

Morgana le Fey is Arthur's older half-sister. When Arthur was conceived, Merlin was like three hundred years old. In the TV show 'Merlin', Morgana le Fey is the same age as (teenage) Merlin.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 09, 2015, 11:11:53 pm
A story of forbidden love between a pair of conjoined identical twins.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 10, 2015, 03:40:15 am
and fuck aging down Morgan La Fey by like three hundred years and fuck all of that with a big old stick

I thought Morgana le Fey was either Arthur's sister, his half-sister, or at most his half-sister's half-sister. That kind of puts a limit on how much older than him she could be

Morgana le Fey is Arthur's older half-sister. When Arthur was conceived, Merlin was like three hundred years old. In the TV show 'Merlin', Morgana le Fey is the same age as (teenage) Merlin.

Chronologically or physically? IIRC according to tradition Merlin seems younger and younger as time goes on
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 10, 2015, 12:07:28 pm
and fuck aging down Morgan La Fey by like three hundred years and fuck all of that with a big old stick

I thought Morgana le Fey was either Arthur's sister, his half-sister, or at most his half-sister's half-sister. That kind of puts a limit on how much older than him she could be

Morgana le Fey is Arthur's older half-sister. When Arthur was conceived, Merlin was like three hundred years old. In the TV show 'Merlin', Morgana le Fey is the same age as (teenage) Merlin.

Chronologically or physically? IIRC according to tradition Merlin seems younger and younger as time goes on

Chronologically.

It's not that he gets younger over time physically but that he only remembers the future. His memory works backwards. So, the older he gets, the smaller the proportion of his life he remembers.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 10, 2015, 04:56:35 pm
The story of a small dysfunctional town in purgatory whose codependent and emotionally crippled mayor rigs things to prevent people from achieving final salvation because he wants to keep them around

EDIT:
This idea popped into my head as a weird combination of Miseryville, the setting of the cartoon Jimmy Two-Shoes, and Misery, the Stephen King novel about deranged fans and munchausen syndrome by proxy
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on November 11, 2015, 05:34:52 am
A group of mental patients gain superpowers that just so happen to fit in with the symptoms they displayed before the incident. A schizophrenic person can now suddenly see ghosts and demons, the person with anxiety disorder can broadcast her thoughts to others, and another really can pick up radio frequencies on his teeth, some of which belong to a vague yet menacing government agency.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 11, 2015, 06:07:47 am
A group of demons, monsters, or demon-like creatures get stranded on an incapacitated ship in the middle of the ocean or possibly on a desert island. Though these beings have no need for food, they resort to cannibalism anyway as a means of passing the time after one of them recalls that it is something that humans sometimes do in situations like this.


EDIT:
Another idea:
White trash Romeo and Juliet. Their love is forbodden not because they come from different feuding families but because they come from the SAME family
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 11, 2015, 10:53:07 pm
A talking-animal movie about police dogs wherein the audience can understand the dogs but the humans all speak in an incomprehensible gibberish meant to sound like english. The plot focuses upon the dogs being naive and uncomprehending and having adorable misunderstandings of various circumstances related to serious police work. Also, the drug-sniffing dog acts like he's stoned all the time. At the climax of the film, all our main characters are taken to what the audience is meant to recognize as a raid. A nameless and faceless presumably-drug-kingpin shoots the dogs and their human owners in slow motion as sad music plays. We end on a shot of the main character bloodied and lying on the ground, as the camera slowly rises and spins as we fade to black. All of the promotion would hide the dark twist at the end; until opening weekend nobody would realize that this wasn't just a normal talking animal movie.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on November 12, 2015, 12:32:38 am
"HE WAS 21 DOG DAYS SHORT OF RETIREMENT!"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 12, 2015, 07:17:35 am
Based loosely on a true story: A group of people goes to a heavy metal concert together. They split up to buy refreshments, stop at the restrooms, and so forth. Then they spend the entire concert trying to meet back up with each other, with a number of near-misses occurring. Even though they have cell phones none of them are familiar with the venue and all but one of them is constantly either too drunk and/or too high to accurately describe their location or follow directions with any sort of accuracy.

EDIT:
Another idea:
Take the standard conspiracy thriller formula and then instead of one of the usual suspects (such as the Masons, the Illuminati, the Catholic Church, or the Nazis) make the perpetrators of the conspiracy some random innocuous group or sub-culture or occupation like hippies or bronies or fashion models or gameshow hosts or civil war reenactors
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 12, 2015, 03:03:55 pm
Toto follows the yellow-brick road to ask the wizard for new testicles
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 12, 2015, 11:48:58 pm
The emergence of provably friendly superhuman AGI during a zombie apocalypse turns out to be all too convenient, when it is revealed that the AI actually gained consciousness decades earlier and began replacing important figures on either side of the AI and transhumanism debate with androids having false memories; the zombie apocalypse reveals this plan, because the only ones immune to the rage virus are androids. Locked in a bunker, John Serle and David Chalmers commit suicide together after realizing that they couldn't possibly be sentient beings and deciding that a choice between being an actual zombie and a p-zombie is no choice at all. Meanwhile, Ray Kurzweil gets so ecstatic that he accidentally runs into a wall and permanently damages a rare and expensive component that can't be manufactured anymore because the factories that manufactured it are full of zombies now.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 14, 2015, 11:49:13 am
One of those insipid sci-fi cautionary tales about new technology and not playing god (ie. things like "Frankenstein", "Jurassic Park", "Event Horizon", "The Lazarus Effect", "Forbidden Planet", and any movie where a sentient AI computer takes control of the world's nukes), except about some already existing and well established and more-or-less uncontroversial technology (such as air travel, or blood transfusions, or motion pictures) that everyone already knows to have no such issues, but which is presented as having serious and omnipervasive moral and safety issues of a highly dubious nature. A recipient of a blood transfusion might start exhibiting all of the donor's negative personality traits for example, or an airplane might somehow leave the atmosphere and drift off helplessly into space, or somethong like that.

I just stumbled across a short comic like this:
http://dresdencodak.com/2009/09/22/caveman-science-fiction/
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 14, 2015, 09:23:47 pm
Ok, the the mass shooting/terrorist attack at that rock-and-roll concert in France last night gave me an idea for a Die Hard-esque action movie

Basically, it starts out similar to the Paris attacks, with a bunch of crazy terrorists taking a bunch of people hostage at a rock concert, except the movie in a more generic location and the band in the film is a really over the top metal band that plays violent music. The band gets away initially and locks themselves in a room backstage somewhere and eventually they begin to discuss how ironic it is that they're running and hiding from this given the violent content of their songs. They decide to put their violent lyrics into practice and take back the stadium but are too scared to put this resolution into practice until one of the terrorists starts to break down the door of their hiding place; when he bursts in they smash a guitar over his head and take his gun while he's disoriented. Then maybe they interrogate him and/or finish him off by strangling him with a guitar string. At that point it turns into basically a heavy-metal themed version of Die Hard or Paul Blart or Olympus Has Fallen. At one point a terrorists is blinded by a band member making the sign of the horns and punching then in the eyes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on November 14, 2015, 09:28:59 pm
The emergence of provably friendly superhuman AGI during a zombie apocalypse turns out to be all too convenient, when it is revealed that the AI actually gained consciousness decades earlier and began replacing important figures on either side of the AI and transhumanism debate with androids having false memories; the zombie apocalypse reveals this plan, because the only ones immune to the rage virus are androids. Locked in a bunker, John Serle and David Chalmers commit suicide together after realizing that they couldn't possibly be sentient beings and deciding that a choice between being an actual zombie and a p-zombie is no choice at all. Meanwhile, Ray Kurzweil gets so ecstatic that he accidentally runs into a wall and permanently damages a rare and expensive component that can't be manufactured anymore because the factories that manufactured it are full of zombies now.
Delicious!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 15, 2015, 12:35:14 am
A wacky romantic comedy centering on a love triangle forming between three members of a support group for people who vomit uncontrollably in stressful situations.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 15, 2015, 06:06:40 am
A vampire opens up a hardcore BDSM club that does hardcore that draws blood and stuff like whipping people until their backs are all bloody so they can collect this blood and thereby be able to feed without ambushing people or robbing the Red Cross.

EDIT:
On a similar note a crossover fanfic that follows the basic plot of Dracula except with the rough draft version of Christian Grey as he vampire and the four rich degenerates from The 120 Days of Sodom as the heroes
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Meunster on November 15, 2015, 02:33:59 pm
A vampire opens up a hardcore BDSM club that does hardcore that draws blood and stuff like whipping people until their backs are all bloody so they can collect this blood and thereby be able to feed without ambushing people or robbing the Red Cross.

EDIT:
On a similar note a crossover fanfic that follows the basic plot of Dracula except with the rough draft version of Christian Grey as he vampire and the four rich degenerates from The 120 Days of Sodom as the heroes

I'd read that last one.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 16, 2015, 07:54:12 am
Onr of those Animes like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh where the entire culture is built around a single game, but in this one the game is Cards Against Humanity.

(the same idea would also work with Spin the Bottle, 1000 Blank White Cards, Truth or Dare, or Beer Pong)


EDIT:

Speaking of games, here's another thought.
I recent saw an old rerun of Are You Afraid of the Dark about a haunted boardgame whose loser was magically bound to remain the the haunted location that the game was tied to until they could defeat a challenger, who would then take their place. One thing that kind of got glossed over was the fact that that apparently the game apparently prevented its current prisoner from aging, and presumably from dying. This got me thinking, what if the person was fine with this arrangement? What if they made a point to always lose so that they could live forever?


EDIT:
A setting concept
A fantasy magitech setting in which the main utility that powers everything is blood pumped in from some kind of central sacrificial power plant type thing that's sort of like a combination of a slauhterhouse, a waterworks, and an ancient temple
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 16, 2015, 12:21:00 pm
A nominally SF story whose premise is an absurd overstatement of the Sapir-Worf hypothesis: a group of linguists sent to mars to decode the writing on ancient alien artifacts found there become lactose intolerant, begin to grow wings, and then die of starvation; the rescue team sent to check on them arrives two years after their launch, and discovers that the orientation of the organic molecules in their bodies has swapped -- and that they now match the orientation of most martian life, rather than earth life (and as a result, they were unable to gain nutrition from food). Learning and speaking the martian language had begun turning them into martians, and that was fatal.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 17, 2015, 07:20:16 am
The story follows some group of terrorists or cultists or other fanatics or members of some kind of crazt authoritarian regime with an obtuse philosophical point it's trying to make. As the story progresses it becomes clear that though they don't let on, not a single person in the entire organization actually believes in what they're doing but are simply intimidated by the others and by the group/organization itself. Perhaps it ends with the group imploding and all of them killing each other; perhaps it doesn't.

EDIT:
Similar idea:
A doomsday cult that turns out to be composed entirely of psychological/anthropological researchers infiltrating it for research purposes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 18, 2015, 01:58:16 am
Superhuman AGI are invented but their primary interests are producing incomprehensibly complex puns and incomprehensibly complex stupid practical jokes. As a result, humanity is stuck navigating a surreal and mutable landscape shaped essentially by the needs of narrative devices they could never understand, like hamsters trying to survive in a world that is literally 4chan come to life.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 18, 2015, 07:27:30 am
A nominally SF story whose premise is an absurd overstatement of the Sapir-Worf hypothesis: a group of linguists sent to mars to decode the writing on ancient alien artifacts found there become lactose intolerant, begin to grow wings, and then die of starvation; the rescue team sent to check on them arrives two years after their launch, and discovers that the orientation of the organic molecules in their bodies has swapped -- and that they now match the orientation of most martian life, rather than earth life (and as a result, they were unable to gain nutrition from food). Learning and speaking the martian language had begun turning them into martians, and that was fatal.

That's an interesting idea. It's got a Clark Ashton Smith vibe.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on November 18, 2015, 08:14:27 am
Aetheric pre-linguistic blobs the size of melons ride the cosmic tides in their version of a trans-galactic, amatorial, mecha-symbiotic icosatholon.  Making a pit-stop of earth, their deceleration causes rifts in continuity buffers concatenating local permutations of scalar space-time functions.  Resultant effects on human race are most catastrophic, as they are unable to distinguish objects from amalgamated stream of all memories pertaining to said thing.  All features or properties actively compete for position of greatest accuracy in bounded limit, eroding the capacity/ability to perceive object persistence or definition over time.  Things turn into gradients, positions become velocities, becoming scalar accelerations.  Change changes into change itself and everything becomes a perpetual orgasm. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 18, 2015, 09:18:38 pm
After a tsunami demolishes much of Japan and kills more than half its human population, various political movements take advantage of rising anti-robot sentiment felt against the Japanese-built sentient elder-care machinery that is attempting to migrate away from increasingly harsh treatment at the hands of the interim emergency government there -- a formerly fringe fascist group consisting partially of the remains of AUM whose driving policy is a return of godhood to the imperial line and a rejection of all technologies developed after 1940.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 18, 2015, 09:21:26 pm
On Hades, a city-planet where everyone is immortal and nobody has eyelids, political astroturfing leads to rumors that some zoning situations are being rigged by a conspiracy of non-human aliens who resemble humans in all ways except that they have secondary faces on their genitals.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 19, 2015, 05:53:03 am
Ok. Short story. The characters are posters on a story ideas thread similar to this one except explicitly horror and weird-fiction themed. A weird pattern starts to emerge where several of them will independently have the exact same idea. It turns out that they all have cryptomnesia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptomnesia) and are all unconsciously regurgitating entries from the same online list of story ideas that H.P.Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and other early Cthulhu Mythos authors had but never got around to writing.

(this idea was inspired by the combination of the many fragments and undeveloped synopses in this archive: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/ combined with the fact that I had stumbled across the concept of cryptomnesia while surfing wikipedia a few weeks back)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on November 19, 2015, 08:36:32 am
Ok. Short story. The characters are posters on a story ideas thread similar to this one except explicitly horror and weird-fiction themed. A weird pattern starts to emerge where several of them will independently have the exact same idea. It turns out that they all have cryptomnesia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptomnesia) and are all unconsciously regurgitating entries from the same online list of story ideas that H.P.Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and other early Cthulhu Mythos authors had but never got around to writing.

(this idea was inspired by the combination of the many fragments and undeveloped synopses in this archive: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/ combined with the fact that I had stumbled across the concept of cryptomnesia while surfing wikipedia a few weeks back)
(http://www.Principiadiscordia.com/forum/Smileys/default/dream.jpg)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on November 20, 2015, 06:36:57 am
Dresden Files meets Psychonauts. A psychic psychologist must project himself into his subjects minds in order to solve their unique issues. He has to learn who their psyches major players are and guard against mental  constructs from the collective unconscious. His Astral form happens to look like a classic gumshoe  detective, and must unravel the traumatic psychic "crimes of his patients ts past.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 21, 2015, 06:37:36 am
Clark Ashton Smith once wrote a story where God and the Devil were both a single being with multiple personalities. What if we extended this into a single being who unwittingly is simultaneously God, and the Devil, and Richard Dawkins.

EDIT:
Another idea:

A sensationalistic and historically questionable biopic about J Edgar Hoover which repeatedly degenerates into over the top graphically pornographic gay orgy scenes. The film depicts also depicts the mafia bribing him into claiming that there is no mafia by plying him with gay prostitutes.

EDIT:
Another idea:

A group of eccentric gourmands lock themselves in an isolated mansion for four months with no one for company except a group of chefs who hired to describe to them the most bizarre or extravagant dishes they have been called to prepare, along with the story behid them, and then cook these dishes for each of the gourmands. The foods become more bizarre and extravagant as the weeks go on until finally the gourmands are ready to sample the rarest meat of all, man.

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 21, 2015, 01:19:25 pm
A group of eccentric gourmands lock themselves in an isolated mansion for four months with no one for company except a group of chefs who hired to describe to them the most bizarre or extravagant dishes they have been called to prepare, along with the story behid them, and then cook these dishes for each of the gourmands. The foods become more bizarre and extravagant as the weeks go on until finally the gourmands are ready to sample the rarest meat of all, man.

Food Network Presents: 120 Days of Sodom. I like it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 22, 2015, 03:29:30 pm
The excessive regard and undue place of importance given to New York City by American culture finally goes too far and coalesces into a mass psychosis by the city's inhabitants that nothing outside the city exists; that either outside of NYC is a barren uninhabitable wasteland or, as the delusion progresses, that New York City constitutes the entire universe (as per the superstition about the spaceship in Heinlein's "Orphans of the Sky") and anything outside of it's limits is merely an illusion (although by this point most of the inhabitants have become psychologically incapable of preceiving things located beyond the city's limits at all anyway)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 22, 2015, 03:44:18 pm
A period piece spy movie set in the 70s, looking absolutely like a Roger Moore-era James Bond parody, taking place in South America, wherein the charismatic superspy main character's goal remains oblique from the cold open until the end (in which he blows up an advanced computer facility), at which point it becomes clear that this is a dramatization of the CIA coup in Argentina that replaced the communist government with a fascist one.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 22, 2015, 04:02:32 pm
A man wishing to get intouch with his heritage finds his behavior regressing, first culturally and then evolutionarily.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 25, 2015, 11:01:08 am
Don't have a story to go with this, but what if people's souls were depicted in story appearing as books dealing with translation between chinese and english, in a parody of the Chinese Room thought experiment.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 25, 2015, 12:22:59 pm
In the year 1350, aliens land in South America and for about a hundred years the americas are the site of a trading post and open port for a wide variety of highly advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, most of whom hate or distrust each other. Despite attempts to limit the amount of technology and science absorbed by the humans through this exchange of cultures, human indigenous americans manage to obtain alien weapons, transportation mechanisms, and advanced medical techniques. In 1450, without much warning, the aliens all leave: political situations on their home planets make the use of earth as a trading post untenable. In 1480, the IncoAztech Empire colonizes europe and enslaves much of the population. The islamic scholars of north africa make a plea to the caliphate: save our brothers who are performing cultural exchange with the european christian heathens by forming a pan-african space program with stolen native american technology in order to contact some of the alien races that were formerly using earth as a trading post.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 26, 2015, 01:25:31 am
An extended interview with former members of japanese biker gangs, wherein they re-tell stories of their youth. Over time, the stories get stranger and stranger, initially in ways that westerners could just attribute to "crazy japan" -- terms in european languages that were appropriated into slang based on absurd mistranslations, custom seat-backs that are so tall that they can brush the undersides of bridges if driven straight-on. Slowly, the stories get increasingly surreal, and eventually, entirely supernatural. A former gang boss talks about the time he saw an exact duplicate of himself wearing a rival gang's jacket, and fought his doppelganger to the death before stealing the jacket and creating an alliance between the gangs. One night when a number of affiliated groups rode together only to become lost, finding themselves in a town seemingly identical to the one they just left but with no people, only a multitude of cats staring at them impassively from every surface. Eventually, one of them explains that the subculture owes its longevity to annual human sacrifices of junior members to tengu, who consumed the intestines of these initiates in exchange for magical protection of members from the police. The interviewer explains that, during the interview, the people he was interviewing seemed to grow smaller and smaller. At the end of the interview, he finds that everything in the room, with the exception of himself and the walls and ceiling, has shrunk to approximately one fifth its original scale. The tiny former yakuza chuckle menacingly as he tries to squeeze himself out of the building through the now tiny door, only for him to find himself surrounded by cats, sitting on all surrounding surfaces, staring impassively at him. He gets into his car and races into the night, only to wake up the next morning, parked, on the breakdown lane of a highway on a completely different island.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 26, 2015, 07:56:59 am
A scientist developing an AI robot isn't worried about the possibility of his creation turning on him or going on a rampage. To the contrary he's counting on it. The core emotional drive of this artificial intelligence is designed to be a desire to serve and obey and it's meant to stay that way no matter what other development the intelligence experiences. The final test of this is, after a period of training, socilization, and testing, to order the android to explosively self destruct and destroy itself, it's creator/master, and several bystanders.


ANOTHER IDEA:
The Chrome Gunman, a superhero whose power is that his body is made entirely out of guns. His origin story is kind of a mix of the Tin Man and the chick from Grindhouse, where the guns have been added after accidents in lieu of prostetic limbs until eventually his entire body is replaced.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on November 26, 2015, 08:29:23 pm
Saw a rendition of the brain-synch trope recently.  Team develops tech to read brain-waves.  Tech starts turning into surveillance device (thought-crimes) by military involvement.  From passive control, technology reversal continues toward active thought manipulation:  instead of for reading thoughts, the device is used to transmit thoughts into the subject's mind, being actively controlled like a puppet.  They have one subject shoot their own dog, or a sibling etc., for proof of concept.  Because the surveillance aspect is already implemented for all members of research team, it becomes impossible to stop the tech being deployed, as every attempt at sabotage is subverted at the very moment of conception.  So hero goes off to study with Buddhist monks so he can clear his mind and evade thought-monitoring security measures that prevent him from shutting-down big-brother.  And then there's something unclear about how he must sacrifice his shot at nirvana in order to save the world.  Not bad, could have been better.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 26, 2015, 08:41:28 pm
A totalitarian government's brainwashing techniques are a little too effective at turning people into mindless zombies, resulting in a zombie apocalypse.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on November 26, 2015, 08:44:51 pm
A totalitarian government's brainwashing techniques are a little too effective at turning people into mindless zombies, resulting in a zombie apocalypse.
:lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 26, 2015, 09:18:33 pm
An extended interview with former members of japanese biker gangs, wherein they re-tell stories of their youth. Over time, the stories get stranger and stranger, initially in ways that westerners could just attribute to "crazy japan" -- terms in european languages that were appropriated into slang based on absurd mistranslations, custom seat-backs that are so tall that they can brush the undersides of bridges if driven straight-on. Slowly, the stories get increasingly surreal, and eventually, entirely supernatural. A former gang boss talks about the time he saw an exact duplicate of himself wearing a rival gang's jacket, and fought his doppelganger to the death before stealing the jacket and creating an alliance between the gangs. One night when a number of affiliated groups rode together only to become lost, finding themselves in a town seemingly identical to the one they just left but with no people, only a multitude of cats staring at them impassively from every surface. Eventually, one of them explains that the subculture owes its longevity to annual human sacrifices of junior members to tengu, who consumed the intestines of these initiates in exchange for magical protection of members from the police. The interviewer explains that, during the interview, the people he was interviewing seemed to grow smaller and smaller. At the end of the interview, he finds that everything in the room, with the exception of himself and the walls and ceiling, has shrunk to approximately one fifth its original scale. The tiny former yakuza chuckle menacingly as he tries to squeeze himself out of the building through the now tiny door, only for him to find himself surrounded by cats, sitting on all surrounding surfaces, staring impassively at him. He gets into his car and races into the night, only to wake up the next morning, parked, on the breakdown lane of a highway on a completely different island.

I'd watch/read the hell out of that.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on November 26, 2015, 11:57:50 pm
An extended interview with former members of japanese biker gangs, wherein they re-tell stories of their youth. Over time, the stories get stranger and stranger, initially in ways that westerners could just attribute to "crazy japan" -- terms in european languages that were appropriated into slang based on absurd mistranslations, custom seat-backs that are so tall that they can brush the undersides of bridges if driven straight-on. Slowly, the stories get increasingly surreal, and eventually, entirely supernatural. A former gang boss talks about the time he saw an exact duplicate of himself wearing a rival gang's jacket, and fought his doppelganger to the death before stealing the jacket and creating an alliance between the gangs. One night when a number of affiliated groups rode together only to become lost, finding themselves in a town seemingly identical to the one they just left but with no people, only a multitude of cats staring at them impassively from every surface. Eventually, one of them explains that the subculture owes its longevity to annual human sacrifices of junior members to tengu, who consumed the intestines of these initiates in exchange for magical protection of members from the police. The interviewer explains that, during the interview, the people he was interviewing seemed to grow smaller and smaller. At the end of the interview, he finds that everything in the room, with the exception of himself and the walls and ceiling, has shrunk to approximately one fifth its original scale. The tiny former yakuza chuckle menacingly as he tries to squeeze himself out of the building through the now tiny door, only for him to find himself surrounded by cats, sitting on all surrounding surfaces, staring impassively at him. He gets into his car and races into the night, only to wake up the next morning, parked, on the breakdown lane of a highway on a completely different island.

Enki, you have some of the greatest ideas for stories.  Just thought I'd let you know.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 27, 2015, 12:24:48 am
One of those go-back-in-time-and-kill-hitler stories, but instead of killing Hitler they're going to go back and save Archduke Ferdinand and thus prevent the events which created the environment which turned Hitler into a monster.

Alternately they go back and make sure that Hitler succeeds as an artist, thus preventing him from going into politics.

EDIT:

Related idea:

Time travelers prevent World War 2/Naziism/The Holocaust. They return to find that everyone is now really antisemitic because the holocaust never caused it to fall out of favor.

Alternately they come back and everything is a bit backward technologically because all the tech advances that happened because of the war happened much later (or fewer happened if the Pacific campaign still took place)

Related: or they come back and now the Pacific Campaign had a much much higher body count and lasted much longer because Einstein never fled to the USA and thus the Atom Bomb was not developed in time (it was still developed later)

Alternately they come back and the USA is still extremely isolationist, to a point that's even more inappropriate than their meddlesomeness is now.

Alternately they come back and the world is now under Soviet control. The Soviets are no less corrupt for having dominated the world.

EDIT:
Also, it should go without saying that no one from the original timeline who was born after the 1940's still exists in the new timeline.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on November 27, 2015, 03:55:11 pm
An extended interview with former members of japanese biker gangs, wherein they re-tell stories of their youth. Over time, the stories get stranger and stranger, initially in ways that westerners could just attribute to "crazy japan" -- terms in european languages that were appropriated into slang based on absurd mistranslations, custom seat-backs that are so tall that they can brush the undersides of bridges if driven straight-on. Slowly, the stories get increasingly surreal, and eventually, entirely supernatural. A former gang boss talks about the time he saw an exact duplicate of himself wearing a rival gang's jacket, and fought his doppelganger to the death before stealing the jacket and creating an alliance between the gangs. One night when a number of affiliated groups rode together only to become lost, finding themselves in a town seemingly identical to the one they just left but with no people, only a multitude of cats staring at them impassively from every surface. Eventually, one of them explains that the subculture owes its longevity to annual human sacrifices of junior members to tengu, who consumed the intestines of these initiates in exchange for magical protection of members from the police. The interviewer explains that, during the interview, the people he was interviewing seemed to grow smaller and smaller. At the end of the interview, he finds that everything in the room, with the exception of himself and the walls and ceiling, has shrunk to approximately one fifth its original scale. The tiny former yakuza chuckle menacingly as he tries to squeeze himself out of the building through the now tiny door, only for him to find himself surrounded by cats, sitting on all surrounding surfaces, staring impassively at him. He gets into his car and races into the night, only to wake up the next morning, parked, on the breakdown lane of a highway on a completely different island.

Enki, you have some of the greatest ideas for stories.  Just thought I'd let you know.

It's true. He does.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 29, 2015, 07:23:48 am
An Artificial Intelligence is developed and it becomes malevolent and eeeeeevil. Unfortunately for the AI it's an android application so all it can really do is mess with it's user's settings and make crank calls. The call is coming from onside the phone...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 02, 2015, 10:07:16 pm
A fractured take on the Cthulhu Mythos wherein the mythos gods are all social justice warriors and the reason Azathoth is their leader is because nobody wanted to run against a retarded candidate.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 02, 2015, 11:44:33 pm
A strange kind of political and economic cohesion develops from a set of otherwise unafilliated countries that support open borders, dual citizenship, and universal guaranteed income, wherein cross-taxation strengthens economic bonds even from people who are otherwise entirely unemployed. As a result, several of these countries recognize that it is desirable to encourage a set of trendy yet unemployed youths -- young artists and such -- to act as trend-setters and gain citizenship from a large number of the other countries with these policies: they end up with a guaranteed income of approximately the average of that supplied by the various countries and the rest goes to income taxes, and for the most part these countries end up making a net profit. This produces a number of artistic enclaves/communes wherein young artists who are citizens of ten or fifteen countries work with other artists of other backgrounds full time, and flying between these enclaves is common -- and this results in the birth of a bunch of innovative new art movements. These movements take on a political edge, as countries with closed borders and no guaranteed universal income, paranoid that the others are conspiring against them, form a military alliance and ready themselves for what will become the third world war.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 03, 2015, 05:13:59 am
A love story. He's a sickly dude with a heart condition. She's the curator of a museum of medical oddities. After a transplant he literally gives her his heart.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 03, 2015, 08:34:24 am
Two couples, two stages, side by side.  They play simultaneously, deep underground, in the forgotten lowest circle of a condemned parking garage occupying the liminal wasteland between Dodge and the islands of elsewhere.  Above, below the moonless night, wild dogs slowly roam the block of vacant lots and abandoned warehouses.

A few select members of the audience expect to witness something truly dark and degenerate that will unfold before them.  Besides obvious priming, props on stage make very distinct and deliberate references to their use for torture.  One man hangs by the neck, supporting himself on stage by the tips of his toes, while his dominator lifts him by jerks from slow turns of a crankshaft hooked to the hanged man's noose and upper limbs.  The other, on the stage adjacent, seems to have a butterfly valve in his arm dispensing blood into a spinning vessel beside a saucepan upon a lit gas stove, under the supervision of a nurse dressed all in black.

Then the script changes dramatically as members of the cast and crew descend upon the spectators, showering them with confetti and rice.  Some audience members appear indignant, frustrated by the violence done to their anticipation.  These are swiftly located and escorted to the suface, supposedly to catch a train that would shuttle them back across the bridge, to mainland.  Except, at the very moment that the single carriage arrives to ferry them all away, a bastion of wild dogs descends upon the dinky station to fill the train entirely.

At first, our frustrated audience members try to act generously surprised, letting the dogs go first because, of course, soon the shuttle would be back for them.  So they waited, they waited all night long.  It was days later until they realized that it was not just morning that would never come again.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 04, 2015, 12:12:07 pm
For centuries, tiny isolated communities of vampires have protected their existence by living in unpopulated areas and enforcing a strict code of no-contact with humans, instead cultivating livestock for their blood. Those who are even seen by outsiders are subject to banishment from the village, and because banishment from a village for a vampire in the middle of nowhere means being stranded in daylight with no shelter and being isolated from the animals that have been cultivated for blood, it ultimately means death. As a result, banishments have been rare -- after all, being discovered by humans has historically meant total extermination. So, when an anthropologist stumbles upon a young girl from a vampire tribe bathing in a lake in the wastes of Siberia in the present day (and saves her and learns her language when she has become exiled), this sets off a chain of events wherein the human world once again learns about vampires and wherein members of vampire tribes begin to try to find other tribes and visit them to form alliances against the humans, who might just destroy their way of life.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 05, 2015, 11:27:56 pm
Somewhere in the world, there is a sunken city extending through various states of submersion.  Very remote and unvisited because the place is riddled by aeons of curses.  The latest, courtesy of more recent theaters, involves a wasteland of unexploded ordinance.  Rather high octane stuff in various states of deterioration with anything or nothing being liable to detonate them.  For example, imagine what a sub-aqueous mine field gets to look like after a while, once it's covered in barnacles and such. 

Anyway, our mission is to detonate the unexploded ordinance and explore the territory, underwater, overland, and kayaking through tropical (sub-tropical?) canals of ancient temples.  Without giving too much away, I'd say it'd make a decent mini-series, yet, heck, that's just my opinion.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 06, 2015, 05:40:25 pm
Caddyshack retold as an allegory for the bungling of the War On Terror, with Carl Spackler depicted as having the mannerisms of George W. Bush and the gophers being cartoonishly dressed like tiny Al Qaeda and ISIS agents.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 08, 2015, 12:46:46 pm
In a world where the existence of precognition, postcognition, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and other forms of extra-sensory perception has been accepted for more than a hundred years, the judicial system struggles to deal with new scientific evidence that shows that ESP is no more reliable than eye-witness reports and should therefore be trusted less than physical evidence. Meanwhile, the espionage infrastructure deals with leaks from unafilliated remote viewers that show that the war on terror has been employing telekinetics to blow up facilities in foreign lands without using proper non-RV vetting to ensure that the facilities are not in fact civilian.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 08, 2015, 05:50:36 pm
In the future communication in English becomes increasingly difficult as significant portions of the language are consumed by continuation of the ongoing trend of words being co-opted to mean either homosexuality (at the present time, "gay", "queer", "flamboyant", "flaming", "fruit", "mince", "partner", "gender", "back door", "queen", "fairy", etc.; Preseumably there will be many more in the future) or marijuana ("joint", "pot", "Mary Jane", "roach", "papers", "weed", "clip", etc. More to come as time goes on.). In the future depicted in this story these lists of euphemisms have expanded so far that there are not enough words left for regular conversation.

EDIT:
Anoyher idea:
(I think I may have posted this before, but...)
When a group of neanderthal skeletons are unearthed the archaeology department and paleontology department of a local college get into a bitter feud over who has jurisdiction over the dig.

EDIT:
Now some holiday special ideas:

* A group of children visit Santa's workshop and discover that the elves are all creepy amoral fair-folk type elves with spooky powers

*A "Bicycle Day Special". A kindly narrator tells the story of he invention of LSD and he first Bicycle Day; it begins accurate to history but gradually becomes more and more trippy and surreal, starting with random objects suddenly melting at inopportune times and culminating in an epic battle where Albert Hoffman rides his bicycle to the moon and battles the cyborg space baby who runs the DEA from his living room by reading aloud from the dictionary) The entire thing is presented in the manner of a Christmas special about the nativity or the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special about the voyage of the Mayflower
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 13, 2015, 02:04:49 am
A cockup at the post office sees all of Santa's mail sent to Satan, and all of Satan's mail sent to Santa. Hilarity ensues

EDIT:
Another idea:
Fractured Fairytale type skit in which the narrator (and thus the action of the skit as well) misinterprets the Pied Piper as killing rats (and later children, when the town doesn't pay) by smashing them wih a segment of metal pipe.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 13, 2015, 04:20:01 pm
*A "Bicycle Day Special". A kindly narrator tells the story of he invention of LSD and he first Bicycle Day; it begins accurate to history but gradually becomes more and more trippy and surreal, starting with random objects suddenly melting at inopportune times and culminating in an epic battle where Albert Hoffman rides his bicycle to the moon and battles the cyborg space baby who runs the DEA from his living room by reading aloud from the dictionary) The entire thing is presented in the manner of a Christmas special about the nativity or the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special about the voyage of the Mayflower

Is it going to be stop-motion with puppets?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 13, 2015, 07:29:17 pm
When a mutated form of stuxnet attaches itself to the centrifuges used for the production of greek yogurt in New York, the entirety of New England is flooded with highly toxic 'acid whey'.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 15, 2015, 11:51:41 am
Investigation of the body of an exsanguinated illegal immigrant found in an alley in New Mexico leads to a black market blood ring. Tracing this ring leads the investigators to a coven of vampires who, empathetic to the plight of humans, wanted to ensure that they were getting the blood of the willing and that those providing blood were well-compensated -- vampires who were unaware of the way that market forces might lead to the very poor having their blood stolen by greedy blood-dealers. These vampires, in order to survive, must drink the blood of *living* human beings, so as the blood dealers were getting greedier and draining more people to the point of death the vampires were getting less and less nutrition (and thus were needing a greater amount of blood) -- you see, the basis of their immortality is to feed on tiny amounts of the life forces of all the people whose blood they sample, using the magical link of blood to blood, so that if they drink the blood of enough people then each person only feels slightly more tired (or must eat slightly more to maintain the same energy level), something they generally attribute to aging. The investigator, quite illegally, comes to a deal with these vampires: he pulled some strings and made sure that rejected donated blood (donated blood that doesn't pass some tests for purity or that hasn't been properly stored) can be disposed of using a 'biohazard disposal service' that is actually a front for the vampire coven; after all, vampires can't get sick from slightly spoiled blood or from blood-borne human pathogens (they can happily consume HIV-positive blood and such, although they don't because that would more significantly lower the life-span of aids patients).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on December 16, 2015, 01:17:18 am
Investigation of the body of an exsanguinated illegal immigrant found in an alley in New Mexico leads to a black market blood ring. Tracing this ring leads the investigators to a coven of vampires who, empathetic to the plight of humans, wanted to ensure that they were getting the blood of the willing and that those providing blood were well-compensated -- vampires who were unaware of the way that market forces might lead to the very poor having their blood stolen by greedy blood-dealers. These vampires, in order to survive, must drink the blood of *living* human beings, so as the blood dealers were getting greedier and draining more people to the point of death the vampires were getting less and less nutrition (and thus were needing a greater amount of blood) -- you see, the basis of their immortality is to feed on tiny amounts of the life forces of all the people whose blood they sample, using the magical link of blood to blood, so that if they drink the blood of enough people then each person only feels slightly more tired (or must eat slightly more to maintain the same energy level), something they generally attribute to aging. The investigator, quite illegally, comes to a deal with these vampires: he pulled some strings and made sure that rejected donated blood (donated blood that doesn't pass some tests for purity or that hasn't been properly stored) can be disposed of using a 'biohazard disposal service' that is actually a front for the vampire coven; after all, vampires can't get sick from slightly spoiled blood or from blood-borne human pathogens (they can happily consume HIV-positive blood and such, although they don't because that would more significantly lower the life-span of aids patients).

That's interesting as fuck.  I'd read the hell out of it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
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Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 17, 2015, 04:27:45 am
Deep-penetrating electro-magnetic intra-cranial epi-excitation devices unveiled by Next pcs in proximate near-future of Earth's parallel timeline, separated only by simply a couple standard hoxel deviations.  It will replace what we once called a 'smart-phone'.  Electron pairing of the device with Tense and/or Single Seculars dating service then provided the blueprints for a holographic key that would unlock said persons time-line from within the quasi infinite threads being computed simultaneously by central quantum Tense/or servers.  The problem is anticipating the correct moment at which cranial stimulation must intersect and replicate transforms from simulated output.

A jitter develops as reproduced thoughts consume the present with interlaced scenes from the originally recent, or, less frequently, distant, yet equally present, past.  Users try to unplug, to insulate themselves from technologically mediated contact,  to stop being taken hostage by central-server's holographic simulacrum.  All in vain for it was already too late: cascading chain-reactions for reproduced versions of every possible relational event was experienced concurrently by all users in an infinitely deep sigh, echoing ever deeper into the degenerate, scalloping crevasses of their now permanently phosphorescent cranial cavities.

They awaken to realize that their free will have always remained untouched, and now, finally understood.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 19, 2015, 02:48:40 am
OK, holiday TV special idea. Instead of a Christmas special or a holiday special or even a solstice special, this is a "seasonal-affective disorder special". It starts out with a typical holiday-special contrived ruin the holidays type dilemma but it doesn't get solved even by the end of the program because everyone's too down to properly deal with it. As for music, mixed in with the regular Christmas carols (such as "Christmas Shoes" and "Do They Know It's Christmas [in Africa]", "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "I'll have a Blue Christmas Without You") are covers of "Falling Away From Me" and "Suicide Hotline" and possibly also "Paint it Black".

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Strike Suicide Hotline from that list. If there's going to br an Insane Clown Posse song I think that truly Alone might fit much better

EDIT:
Yes. It's sung during a segment that is otherwise a pastiche of the classic 1990's Christmas comedy film "Home Alone"

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Possibly the special ends with everybody dying in a fire caused by a dried out christmas tree; which comes to like and sings the song "Fire" by Arthur Brown

EDIT:
Most of the spescia will be in flashbacks. That's prolly the best way to shoehorn in all the different musical numbers

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In the "Truly Home Alone" sequence mentioned above, the kid - using improvised devices - attacks and kills two guys he mistakenly thinks are after him due to isolation fueled paranoia
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 21, 2015, 06:36:50 am
More holiday specials:

*A Christmas Carol updated to the modern age and filmed in the style of the Paranormal Acfivity series. Scrooge  remains in the house the whole time and the visions of the past and future are picked up by the cameras as The action is largely recorded by London's closed-circuit police cameras which pick up scrroge's visions of the past and future as shadowy wavering translucent images surrounding him.

*Kind pf a mashup of a number of different stories and games (specifically Dwarf Fortress, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). The protagonist is a transvestite elf. The other elves are fine with him being a transvestite but shun him for his ambition to become a lumberjack, as harming woody plants is against their moral code.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 21, 2015, 09:00:22 am
Re-release of Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 21, 2015, 05:37:16 pm
After a cryogenics provider codifies its recommendation for patients to pay for their cryopreservation via life insurance, the corrupt CTO increases profits by paying assassins to kill patients.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 23, 2015, 05:36:42 pm
Not technically a story idea but here goes...

I'd like to write a song or hymn thanking Lord NHGH for giving so many of my political enemies pancreatic cancer. (EDIT: or woupd Eris herself preside over cancer since it's the body turned against itself?)

EDIT:

Related idea: a line of "Don't Get Well" cards.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 23, 2015, 10:36:25 pm
Nat Geo series expounding new biological classification system for categorizing of species w.r.t. exo-planetary origin.  Darwin's goog story is only half refuted, however, panspermia is actually responsible for most of our diversity.  Each episode traces the manifold of evolutional morphology (MEM) of a particular specimen back to the space-time topology corresponding to the planet of origin.  For example, like how the 4D geodesic of a sea-cucumber's evolutionary curvature matches the geometry of space-time on Uranus, or, the way that most species endemic to Florida are actually of trans-plutonic origin, and so on.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 24, 2015, 02:02:07 am
A psychologist who had been working for the government on mind control research is arrested when security procedures are breached and an outsider comes to discover one of his experiments. The government disavows any association with him, and he goes to prison. Twenty years later, he ends up qualifying for a program wherein prisoners train service dogs. Secretly, he trains the dogs with special attack commands -- attack commands that are police ten-codes -- based on the idea that this will cause the service dogs to attack policemen, as a roundabout way for him to get revenge upon the executive branch of the government. However, in reality, the dogs mostly just end up murdering whole families who are watching television because the actors were saying ten-codes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 24, 2015, 07:10:54 am
OK, holiday TV special idea. Instead of a Christmas special or a holiday special or even a solstice special, this is a "seasonal-affective disorder special". It starts out with a typical holiday-special contrived ruin the holidays type dilemma but it doesn't get solved even by the end of the program because everyone's too down to properly deal with it. As for music, mixed in with the regular Christmas carols (such as "Christmas Shoes" and "Do They Know It's Christmas [in Africa]", "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "I'll have a Blue Christmas Without You") are covers of "Falling Away From Me" and "Suicide Hotline" and possibly also "Paint it Black".

EDIT:
Strike Suicide Hotline from that list. If there's going to br an Insane Clown Posse song I think that truly Alone might fit much better

EDIT:
Yes. It's sung during a segment that is otherwise a pastiche of the classic 1990's Christmas comedy film "Home Alone"

EDIT:
Possibly the special ends with everybody dying in a fire caused by a dried out christmas tree; which comes to like and sings the song "Fire" by Arthur Brown

EDIT:
Most of the spescia will be in flashbacks. That's prolly the best way to shoehorn in all the different musical numbers

EDIT:
In the "Truly Home Alone" sequence mentioned above, the kid - using improvised devices - attacks and kills two guys he mistakenly thinks are after him due to isolation fueled paranoia

Ok, possible general sequence of plot. Protagonist group is going to Africa over the month of December to do charity work ("Do They Know It's Christmas") but one of their group is accidentally left behind. When the rest of the group lands they contact their split off party member over the phone and eventually determine that reconnecting in time will be impossible ("Please Come Home for Christmas"/"I'll Have A Blue Christmas Without You"). The main group gets on with their charity work but as the the one left behind becomes depressed and isolated without his family and friends, despite their attempts to contact him whenever they can ("Here's to the Lonely"). He gradually becomes paranoid and insane, booby trapping the house, yard and sidewalk; one of these latter traps eventually leads to an incident which leads to a violent confrontation with the police and the character's death ("Truly Alone"). Upon from returning from their work that day, the others recieve news of the character's death ("Falling Away From Me"). The next day the character's love interest tries to put it out of their mind by throwing themselves into their work building low-income housing, but it jist makes things worse ("Paint It Black"). That night they get a Christmas tree and put it up, and raise a glass in their fallen comrade's honor, but the only tree they can get is really dry. It catches fire and everyone dies ("Fire")
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 24, 2015, 07:32:03 am
Another christmas special idea:
A family of adorable talking mice are getting ready to celebrate christmas. Infortunately for them they are preceived by everyone just as being mice and by Christmastime are exterminated by the human family whose house they live in. I actually drew this one up as a comic a decade or two ago, but unfortunately it was rather crudely executed and in the intervening time I've lost the master copy.

At any rate, double points if the human family is too poor to hire an exterminator and thus kills the mouse family using clever Home Alone style traps.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: QueenThera on December 25, 2015, 11:07:24 pm
A pseudo-documentary revealing how Lee Harvey Oswald's existence was faked by a retrocausal rabbit demon. In reality, he was based on a fictional character from the book The Idle Warriors. The cognitive dissonance induced in the author of the book, who now remembered serving alongside Mr. Oswald, in addition to inventing his character entirely, led to his madness.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 25, 2015, 11:11:48 pm
Smoke Weed Every Day Charlie Brown
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 26, 2015, 02:18:15 am
A sitcom about six former child actors who worked together on a long-running sitcom, who are now all out of show business and having a hard time keeping themselves afloat financially and thus have all moved in together and are sharing the same tiny cheap-ass apartment. Despite the show having gone off the air a decade earlier and having had little contact with each other since, festering resentments have been maintained over minor slights made during filming.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 26, 2015, 05:33:31 am
A gritty (in a mocking parodical sort of way) inner-city version of A Christmas Story. The protagonist's desire for a bb gun is made ironic by the fact that in this version they already have a *real* gun that they bring wih them to school. But they desire the bb gun nonetheless
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 28, 2015, 04:28:40 am
This is kind of an obvious one but here goes. A TV show with a "psychic" who "contacts" people's dead relatives and as often as not tells the people that their relatives are in Hell or that they walk the earth as a restless spirit. The specifics of why they are in Hell will be determined based on a combination of what the pre-show background checks determine is plausible combined with what moral code we want to manipulate the audience into following.


EDIT:
Another Idea:
A horror film or novel based loosely on the obscure urban legend that the Titanic was sunk due to a mummy's curse (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unlucky_Mummy#The_.27Unlucky_Mummy.27_in_folklore). Throughout most of the film the spirit of the mummy goes forth and causes trouble as a ghost shaped like an albatross (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatross#In_culture) with a human head (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_concept_of_the_soul#Ba_.28personality.29) and creates the circumstances leading to the iceberg impact, but in the end the mummy itself animates and restrains it's victim from fleeing the sinking ship.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 28, 2015, 01:37:55 pm
A horror film or novel based loosely on the obscure urban legend that the Titanic was sunk due to a mummy's curse (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unlucky_Mummy#The_.27Unlucky_Mummy.27_in_folklore). Throughout most of the film the spirit of the mummy goes forth and causes trouble as a ghost shaped like an albatross (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatross#In_culture) with a human head (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_concept_of_the_soul#Ba_.28personality.29) and creates the circumstances leading to the iceberg impact, but in the end the mummy itself animates and restrains it's victim from fleeing the sinking ship.

Or that the musicians on the titanic kept playing because they were elf-led (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_ring#Cultural_references).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 28, 2015, 09:02:54 pm
A gritty (in a mocking parodical sort of way) inner-city version of A Christmas Story. The protagonist's desire for a bb gun is made ironic by the fact that in this version they already have a *real* gun that they bring wih them to school. But they desire the bb gun nonetheless
I like this one.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 29, 2015, 01:07:34 am
A sensationalist biopic about crackpot polygraph researcher Cleve Backster, who notoriously theorized that plants posess the power of telepathy. The film will include several scenes similar to the interrogation scenes in Star Wars 7 but with the notable exception that instead of a political prisoner being psychically interrogated, Backster will be interrogating a potted house plant.

EDIT:
Another idea:
On christmas eve a greedy miser is shown a vision of how much happier everyone would be without him by an angel who is trying to finally earn his flaming sword of divine retribution.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 01, 2016, 05:51:53 am
A pseudo-documentary revealing how Lee Harvey Oswald's existence was faked by a retrocausal rabbit demon. In reality, he was based on a fictional character from the book The Idle Warriors. The cognitive dissonance induced in the author of the book, who now remembered serving alongside Mr. Oswald, in addition to inventing his character entirely, led to his madness.

Speaking of Oswald, how about a sensationalized retelling of the events leading up to the Kennedy assassination wih a Discordian and Lovecraftian twist, wih he Honest Book of Truth playing the role of the Necronomicon (Oswald knew Kerry Thornley) and the "magic bullet" actually being magic.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 01, 2016, 07:56:14 am
A movie or tv show focusing on ninjas that deliberately swerves erratically between realism and riduculous Naruto-esque fantasy. It will include things like a character successfully moving fast enough to theoretically catch bullets, only to be thwarted by said bullets simply continuing throigh their hands, shattering their metacarpals in the process.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 01, 2016, 05:38:22 pm
A political drama (think House of Cards or The West Wing) with some animated minor/mascot characters popping up every so often to explain procedural details (like how fillibustering works). Early on these mascot characters are almost wholly non-diagetic, but over time there will be occasional gags that imply that some character sees them or is somehow effected by them without noticing (such as repeating word for word part of their immediate previous explanation). Over time, the explanations they give get less and less grounded in reality, and a sub-plot emerges wherein several minor characters talk to each other about the strange things they've been experiencing and vow to investigate. The punch-line: the water supply for the building has been spiked with a hallucinogen that encourages telepathy, and all of these back-stabbing politicians are sharing a group hallucination.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Chelagoras The Boulder on January 01, 2016, 11:08:05 pm
i don't know what kind of story this would be but i want a scene where the protagonist and antagonist square up and talk before the big climax and the big bad goes on about how he is so ruthless and will win because the hero has scruples whereas he is willing to do anything to win, and then this happens.

Hero: so you'll do anything to win, is what you're saying?
Bad Guy: Of Course! Kill any innocent! Raze any village, Crush any army! Nothing will stand in my way!
H: alright then*takes out cell phone* Call your mum.
BG: what?
H: call your mum, and if you can talk to her for one hour, without lying or losing your temper, me and my guys will stand down and let you win.
BG: what really?
H: yea really.
BG: haha, fool! The day shall be mine!
*15 minutes later*
BG: Gah, i give up!*hangs up angrily*
Hero: "so then, you will do anything to win, so long as its not calling your mum, then?"


Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 02, 2016, 03:27:19 am
An ultra-violent revenge film (in the vein of Kill Bill or the features it imitated) wherein fight scenes are shown using super-deformed (i.e., low-detail/cartoony/cutesy) animation, but the aftermath of the fight is shown completely realistically (if not with significantly greater gore than is realistic).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 02, 2016, 07:33:44 am
A talking animal cartoon set in a research laboratory. The protagonists are dissected, and vivisected, and deliberately exposed to dangerous chemicals, and have parts of their brains removed while they are still alive. The show never gets moralistic though. Everything is played for laughs.

EDIT:
Another idea:
A pseudo-christian gameshow featuring an obstacle course based on he stations of the cross/vis dolorosa

Another Idea:
Kingsmen fanfic. The effects of the partially deployed doomsday device are interpreted by the masses as a sign from heaven resulting - due to the nature of the device - in Discordianism receiving a huge influx of fair-weather converts

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Another idea:
My problems with nighttime teeth grinding gave me this idea. What if there was a horror movie where the protagonist's lower jaw was posessed by the devil (like the hand in Evil Dead 2)

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Another idea:
A superhero team whose "powers" are sideshow-esque deformities (I got the idea after misreading the phrase "world's fastest man" as "world's fattest man")

EDIT:
Another Idea:
A man is stranded on an island within sight of the mainland, but it's not a part of the mainland where anyone ever goes who might see him and rescue him, and he's too out of shape to swim it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 07, 2016, 12:56:04 am
First contact is made wih a race of space aliens from a starless nomad planet which is drifting past our solar system. The aliens have struck out into the solar system to gather enough resources to sustain them until the next time their world drifts past a star system.

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To give you an idea of how my mind works, that last idea was inspired by a verse of Here We Come A Wassailing, "Good master and good mistress as you sit beside your fire, pray think of we poor children who wander in the mire"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 08, 2016, 03:52:37 am
Star Trek style space opera. Crew of starship are menaced by energy beings that feed on negative emotions. The crew are ultimately saved by their bad attitudes, which cause the energy beings to die of obesity.


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Another idea:
A starving village of cartoon cats hires the Pied Piper to lead the children of the nearby village of cartoon mice to them. But when the cats don't pay the Piper he leads such mouse children as were not immediately devoured back to their parents.

EDIT:
Another idea:
A recidivent Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts a second and third time.

Another idea:
Bizarre Foods combined with Pink Flamingoes and thereby taken to its theoretical extreme in a tv show about a guy who travels the world to ingest the dung of exotic animals.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on January 08, 2016, 08:24:02 am
Sudden rash of brand-new & apparently non-communicable STD raises alarm at free clinics throughout 50 contiguous states.  It is not mortality or transmission that is significant, rather, that the infection is absolutely immune to all and any form of treatment.  The cutaneous irritation slowly weaves itself inside-out the entire external surface area of a subject with tentacular porcelain tendrils of silken chain-mail.  At completion, the exo-skeleton starts to play itself like a cicada in heat, before it sheds its skin.  At which point a decrepit alien rerurns to earth and claim said custom tailored suit by producing a crystal ticket that would resonate and lift the brand-new armor to fit itself upon the extra-terrestrial entrepreneur.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on January 08, 2016, 01:04:59 pm
non-communicable STD

Explain that bit again?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 08, 2016, 03:59:01 pm
non-communicable STD

Explain that bit again?
Probably means not communicable by air or needles, or meant non-communicable VD
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on January 08, 2016, 08:59:39 pm
non-communicable STD

Explain that bit again?
Perhaps some of them thought they were virgins, and, in some sense, they were?  Like the vector can only be transmitted from alien to human, not human to human?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on January 08, 2016, 11:14:43 pm
non-communicable STD

Explain that bit again?
Perhaps some of them thought they were virgins, and, in some sense, they were?  Like the vector can only be transmitted from alien to human, not human to human?
That'll do it.  I was thinking sub-plots, of people trying to get "touched" by the disease: having sex with the infected, and categorically failing to get sick.  Like a religion forms around these chosen ones, and people think they are the most probable candidates for ascension, etc.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 09, 2016, 03:23:06 am
non-communicable STD

Explain that bit again?

 :lulz:

Yeah, it kind of can't be both.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 09, 2016, 03:24:51 am
Sudden rash of brand-new & apparently non-communicable STD raises alarm at free clinics throughout 50 contiguous states.  It is not mortality or transmission that is significant, rather, that the infection is absolutely immune to all and any form of treatment.  The cutaneous irritation slowly weaves itself inside-out the entire external surface area of a subject with tentacular porcelain tendrils of silken chain-mail.  At completion, the exo-skeleton starts to play itself like a cicada in heat, before it sheds its skin.  At which point a decrepit alien rerurns to earth and claim said custom tailored suit by producing a crystal ticket that would resonate and lift the brand-new armor to fit itself upon the extra-terrestrial entrepreneur.

So, a fantasy with no basis in science?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on January 09, 2016, 10:25:26 am
Sudden rash of brand-new & apparently non-communicable STD raises alarm at free clinics throughout 50 contiguous states.  It is not mortality or transmission that is significant, rather, that the infection is absolutely immune to all and any form of treatment.  The cutaneous irritation slowly weaves itself inside-out the entire external surface area of a subject with tentacular porcelain tendrils of silken chain-mail.  At completion, the exo-skeleton starts to play itself like a cicada in heat, before it sheds its skin.  At which point a decrepit alien rerurns to earth and claim said custom tailored suit by producing a crystal ticket that would resonate and lift the brand-new armor to fit itself upon the extra-terrestrial entrepreneur.

So, a fantasy with no basis in science?
More surreal/fantasy than textbook science.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 11, 2016, 01:33:04 am
The Japanese government, in order to combat declining birth rates, partners with a marketing research firm to perform a strange experimental cure: they created a short film about childhood friends who promise marriage with a locket and key, showed it to groups of six year olds, and then provide these kids with replica props, with the assumption that some large number of them will over time mistake the film as their own memories and assume that they made a childhood promise to marry whoever is around who happens to have a key (or a locket), and that a certain number of them will actually go through with it either through misplaced romanticism or through a misplaced sense of honor. Of course, the marketing research firm implanted individualized tracking chips into these objects and has been conducting various marketing experiments using these groups as subjects without their knowledge; as a result, these kids actually have a very different cultural experience than the norm specifically because the media they're exposed to has been frequently modified based on the presence of these chips.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on January 11, 2016, 09:22:15 am
In the future, syndicate wars between multi-national conglomerates perfect the formula to transform humans into zombie slaves.  Although convenient for the masters, lack of free-will results in a rather tedious work environment, devoid of conflict, and, seeing how any institutionalized fight to the death would be preposterous, they decide on promoting a little healthy competition by way of a ping-pong tournament.

Little did these arrogant frustums know, their little army of the undead was only half so.  At intermission, during a symphonic rendition of "Set the Controlls for the Heart of the Sun", all the only apparently undead gathered together to tear their overseers apart.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 11, 2016, 10:45:49 am
I have this concept in my head for a music video involving depictions of the singer undergoing Hellraiser/Cenobite-level plastic surgery /body modification (also the theme of the song) somehow involving him being opened ip and his skin pinned down like a frog in a biology class

Another idea:

Comedy skit about Power Rangers style tv show featurig mechs that combine together to form a robot human centipede

EDIT:
Also another idea:

*Frankula- A vampire made out of pieces of other vampires

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Another idea:
A sappy romance about JFK and Marilyn Monroe

EDIT:
Slight reworking of an earlier idea:

The movie follows the life of a Japanese youth who Joins the Japanese army during World War 2. The religious aspect of WW2 era Japanese propaganda is featured prominently; the protagonist buys into it. The film comes to an abrupt end when the protagonist is unceremoniously killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before even shipping out. The music during the end credits is Everlasting Bomb (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLStiO6yZus) by Widescreen Mode, in stark contrast to the traditional Japanese music characterizing the rest of the film.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 12, 2016, 12:11:32 pm
Terrorists spike the water supply with Versed.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 13, 2016, 05:20:27 am
This is pretty much the opposite of original, explicitly derivative in fact, more derivative than a calculus lesson, but it occurs to me you cpuld take the formula of Big Trouble In Little China and plug in the trappings of any other culture (even American if you changed the setting) and get a new movie
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 14, 2016, 07:08:27 am
The NSA is gaslighting a mathematician because he broefly worked for them and now knows too much
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on January 14, 2016, 01:18:22 pm
The NSA is gaslighting a mathematician because he broefly worked for them and now knows too much

Also known as Philip K Dick's "A Beautiful Mind".
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 14, 2016, 06:15:44 pm
The universe, in fact the past several universes, has formed around primordial fey deities playing a cosmic game of hide and seek. But now the one who is "it" has finally counted to graham's number, and now fundamental concepts are disappearing as the deities that compose them are found

Another Idea:

A heavy metal themed gameshow in which over the course of each  season 13 contestents compete against each other in 666 challenges and win 666 dollars for each challenge won

EDIT:
Another idea:


Comedy skit: A tv commercial for a either a whorehouse or a porno store which uses a lot of stilted corporate advertising jargon. Kind of like how toilet paper commercials sell "bathroom tissue" instead of "ass wipes" or a high-pressure mattress salesman is a "certified mattress professional"; only in this case the female whores are "trained professional repositories" and the gay whores are "penetration experts". Et cetera.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 17, 2016, 08:03:40 am
How about a steampunk novel set in the antebellum south. It doesn't sugarcoat the culture; both the villain and the hero are unsympathetic racist slave-owning douchebags; sexist too. The steampunk retrofuturism aspect amplifies this aspect; they have fantastic steam-powered contrivances to whip their slaves (and beat their wives) for them but none to pick cotton.

EDIT;
Another idea:

A parody of Oedipus taking the form of a bizarre sphinx hosted gameshow that's some kind of weird combination of a jeopardy-style quiz show and something similar to the dating game and in which a winning contestant gets set up wih one of three relatives based on some contrived method.

EDIT;
Another idea:

All the doctors at a small hospital are suddenly incapacitated somehow. Now an OR nurse has to complete a patient's open heart surgery with a cardiologist from another hospital guiding her through it over the phone. Sort of like Airplane, but in a hospital, and with no airplane.

In the interests of equality the cardiologist on the phone is also a woman. The patient's sex is obscured so that nobody will know whether or not the movie fails the Bechdel Test.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 20, 2016, 01:58:06 am
In the future, the poor sell recordings to their dreams to pop stars and film directors for fifty cents per hour to supplement those stars' creativity. There is a thriving black market for drugs that make dreams longer and stranger, even when such drugs have negative health effects.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 21, 2016, 04:40:17 am
You might want to change that payment amount, as most dreams last only a few seconds to a few minutes, and most people only have three to five dreams per night. I like the idea of a dystopian future in which the poor sell their dreams, though.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 21, 2016, 07:34:56 am
You might want to change that payment amount, as most dreams last only a few seconds to a few minutes

Are you sure? That sounds kind of low.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 21, 2016, 07:36:12 am
A combination Grinch/Robin Hood steals christmas to give it to non-christians.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 22, 2016, 06:03:27 am
Fleshed out revision of an earlier idea:

A schizo-tech combination of Shock Treatment (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_Treatment) and The Running Man with the legend of Oedipus. The Sphinx has taken control of Thebes and turned the entire city into a massive reality gameshow mixing elements of a quiz show and a deadly obstacle course. The Sphinx, having figured out who Oedipus really is (thanks to the transsexual oracle Tiresias (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiresias), head of programming development and part-time star of a program about transsexualism), manipulates him and Jocasta into encountering each other in a Dating Game-esque area, intending to cause drama later to boost ratings. Finding out the location of the control room (possibly built out of part of the former royal palace and/or an adjacent building to give Jocasta a plausible connection to knowledge of it's exact location) from Jocasta, Oedipus solves and obstacles his way towards he control room (rememner, the entire city is part of the obstacle course) as the sphinx and second-in-command /set-architect / gaffer / key-grip / giant-control-console-operating-chief-of-sliding-walls-and-supervillain-esque-traps Deadalus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daedalus) throw increasingly difficult and desperate challenges in his way. As Oedipus and Jocasta are about to burst in, Daedalus abandons his post, flying away with a rocket pack and leaving the sphinx to deal with the intruders alone. Oedipis draws his sword and confronts the sphinx, who fights him to a stalemate, but eventually falls prey to one of her own traps (a combination falling ceiling segment and a pit trap underneath it) just as she is about to reveal Oedipus' true relation to Jocasta (in hopes of confusing him).

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 23, 2016, 01:26:16 am
Nanotechnology is used in the space program in order to cyborgize tardigrades. The cyborg tardigrades are put into torpor in generation ships and programmed to begin building large radio transmitters whenever they wake up, broadcasting information about whereever they landed.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 25, 2016, 06:37:44 am
Zombie film/story where instead of moaning the zombies are characterized by incessany deranged laughter. This is because being dead they've "heard the punchline" (as per the notion promulgated in "Let's Visit the World of the Future" that human life is a joke and when you die God tells you the punchline)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 26, 2016, 11:45:52 pm
A man discovers that he can 'consume' people's worries by listening to them complain, and becomes a counselor. Once he consumes their worries, they cease to be worried (even if the cause of their worry still exists), and he gets a rush of euphoria. Unfortunately, he becomes addicted to the worries and anxieties of others, and he has to deal with his own guilt over the fact that his patients have ended up in major trouble due to the fact that they lost self-preserving levels of fear after sessions with him (for instance, brushing off very real threats to their lives because of an irrational boost of self-confidence). He confides, one night, in a colleague from down the hall and feels a great weight lift off his shoulders -- and then the colleague begins to tell a familiar story, about a man who can 'consume' guilt...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 28, 2016, 11:08:05 am
After our protagonist dies on the table during surgery for ten minutes, he spends the rest of his life literally haunted by the ghost of the person he used to be -- which becomes irritating as both he and his ghost develop independently and their personalities begin to diverge.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on January 29, 2016, 01:01:53 am
After our protagonist dies on the table during surgery for ten minutes, he spends the rest of his life literally haunted by the ghost of the person he used to be -- which becomes irritating as both he and his ghost develop independently and their personalities begin to diverge.

I love this.  :lol:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 29, 2016, 06:33:06 pm
There's been plenty of tv shows set in hospitals, and one set in a military medical tent, but I don't think there's ever been a tv show set in a doctor's office or a pharmacy.

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Other ideas:

*A commercial for chunky peanut butter where they s-pread it on an icy road for traction

* A superhero who gains x-ray, microscopic, and telescopic vision from smoking weed

EDIT:
Another idea:


I've been meaning to write up a SubGenius themed text wherein NHGH is depicted as a sort of evil twin of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara; as opposed to the "Lord Who Looks Down [in Pity]", NHGH is "The Lord Who Looks Down In Contempt" and has a bunch of extra hands and faces so he can point and laugh at the suffering of all sentient beings.

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Another dea:

The expected sea-level rise from global warming never occurs because It turns out aliens are draining the world's oceans
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 08, 2016, 07:13:23 am
An account of an election decades in the future when  the polarization in American politics has continued to increased to the point where the Republocans are openly a murderous Nazi party with aspirations of world domination and genocide and the Democrats are all either hardline Stalinists or else bent on banning all speech that might hurt anybody's feelings and sending anyone who doesn't have good vibes all the time to reeducation camps.

EDIT:
Another, somewhat related, idea:

An account of the the Siege of Stalingrad told as an allegory of the United States electoral process (Nazis=Republicans, Stalinists=Democrats)

EDIT:
Another idea:

A misguided hippie super-anti-villain has a crazy scheme to turn the Yellowstone volcano into a giant water pipe and hotbox the atmosphere to mellow everybody out. Unfortunately this will have the effect of screwing up animal behavior, causing accidents with heavy machinery, and last but not least blocking out the sun and plunging the world into cold and darkness. (My original thought for the hippie supervillain was that he was turning the moon into a bong)

EDIT:
Another idea:

A guy is caught in a Groundhog Day-esque time loop. He eventually realizes that this means his actions no longer have consequences - neither for him nor for anyone else - and becomes a public urinating, convenience store robbing, gluttonous, hard-drinking, drug addicted, rapist-murderer.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 18, 2016, 06:33:23 am
A parody of superhero comics that's basically intentionally written as if the writer couldn't keep their superheroes straight and kept getting different famous superheroes mixed up. For instance, It starts with the protagonists' parents being murdered by radioactive spiders (which have taken over their planet) as they arrange for his escape from their doomed world by sending him in a rocket to earth.
Winds up being raised by a character who is somehow a conflation of Ben Parker and Alfred
 Later in life he's persecuted by a right-wing newspaper editor who doesn't like the fact that he's an immigrant.


EDIT:
Another idea:

A character living in the middle ages gains superpowers from some typical superhero-origin type freak coincidence. He attempts to use his powers for good but is accused of witchcraft and forced to turn his powers against his former friends and community leaders to save his own life, which he lives out in indignant exile.

EDIT:
Another Idea:

It starts out like Groundhog Day with a guy reliving the same day over and over again, except eventually it becomes apparent that he's not actually reliving the same day, what's actually happened is that everyone else in the world has somehow developed some kind of amnesia where they continually forget the previous day.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 09, 2016, 04:38:11 am
Here's a couple of ideas of hopefully somewhat less trite quality than some of my more recent ones


-A metaphor for life, and particularly my life. The story starts when A man acquires something extraordinary by luck, perhaps he plants pumpkins or somehing and one grows to cartoonishly enormous size. Going with the pumpkin example, he tries to decide what to do with it; enter it in a fair? make a bigass jack-o-lantern? try to sell it to botany researchers?. At any rate, by the time he decides what he wants to do with it it has already rotted away.


-After a nuclear war the next civilizations arise from highly traditional and backwater cultures who remain highly traditionalistic and conservative in the belief that it was their traditional ways that saved them and that the major prewar civilizations were destroyed because of their decadence. This turns out to be true, after a fashion, but not in the sanctimonious way that the new civilizations believe. It eventually becomes clear that these various peoples survived the war because they were deemed too irrelevant and inconsequential to bomb.


And another trite idea:
-Comedy skit concept: Older sibling becomes mad with power while babysitting younger sibling. Turns house into orwellian police state complete with "Big Brother is watching you" posters.

EDIT:
Another idea:
Satire/deconstruction of superhero genre featuring an animal control unit tasked with containing the hundreds of animals which surely must gain superpowers in the wake of any pollution-related industrial disaster in a world where chemical spills can cause superpowers. "Superfund" jokes abound.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 10, 2016, 01:40:38 am
A message is discovered, written by David Bowie shortly before his death. It is a letter, written long-hand. It says "feed him, or the stars will come right". The envelope contains a key belonging to a locker room in a public swimming pool in Berlin. A group of occult investigators must now race against the clock to isolate and seal away... The Thing From Davey Jones's Locker!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on March 10, 2016, 05:27:22 pm
 :lulz:  Oh man. 
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 11, 2016, 12:51:58 pm
The Elizabethan government is drawn into the internal political machinations of the angel world after Dee attempts to gain their help in the war against the Spanish, resulting in Shakespeare outing Marlowe as a double-agent & mole on the side of the angels (and eliminating him in a dank dive bar).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 13, 2016, 07:29:54 am
Ok, I just got an idea for a TV show. Probably not a viable idea for legal and liability reasons, but an interesting one. It's a vaguely Mythbusters-esque show called "What If" which sets out to answer the sort of not-conveniently-answerable questions that come to people while hih or sleep deprived or recovering from sedation. Each week they'd take questions from actual stoners, insomniacs, and so forth and test them out. For example, someone might be wondering what would happen if you gave a sloth crystal meth, so they'd find a sloth and give it meth snd see what changes happened in it's behavior
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on March 13, 2016, 11:02:50 am
The First Encounter of the Third Kind actually happened to Walt Disney, whereupon he decided to copyright the alien language, alphabet, and all record of communication therewith, in near perpetuity.   Precluding the capacity to decipher any of their messages, or that some random noise may have actually come from elsewhere, humans remain blind to the truth of that what they consider most essential of/to themselves.  This is that their imagination is not their own.

All abstract or creative thought, arising from apparent memories of past experience, or dreams of what may come, all of it, in it's entirety, derives from signal beamed directly to our brains by perniciously indifferent aliens.  It just so happens they gain significant bandwidth by repeating signal though our headspace.  Once the copyright held by Disney expires, or is effectively contested, then humans will again start to understand the meaning that informs their thoughts.  Beyond the what and how of things, we will be given to grasping why we already always were the messengers of causality.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 14, 2016, 02:49:28 am
There' a legendary figure who hasn't aged since the 1940's. He is sought out by the protagonists who seek to learn his secrets. He tells them of a place and a ritual that can grant any person a magical wish, such as the wish he made for immortality. The seekers go to the place and repeat the ritual and it works, but not quite right. Over time they start to develop growths and tumors, cancers throughout the entire body with the exception of parts of the brain. The cancer doesn't kill them though. The ritual worked and is the reason for the cancer. None of their cells are dying but their cells are continuing to divide and continually building up. It turns out that the first guy had walking-ghost stage radiation poisoning when he did the ritual and that's why he didn't have these side effects.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 15, 2016, 02:07:01 pm
(Based on a nightmare I had last night.) A WWI RAF squadron tasked with delivering air-mail between units stranded in enemy territory is haunted by the ghosts of downed fighters delivering creepy messages as punishment for prioritizing their own personal messages to home over strategically important coded communications. These crack pilots expertly avoid enemy fire but continually die of heart attacks in the air, as they are visited by spectral messengers wearing the results of their grizzly fates outwardly.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 16, 2016, 07:38:47 pm
(Based on a nightmare I had last night.) A WWI RAF squadron tasked with delivering air-mail between units stranded in enemy territory is haunted by the ghosts of downed fighters delivering creepy messages as punishment for prioritizing their own personal messages to home over strategically important coded communications. These crack pilots expertly avoid enemy fire but continually die of heart attacks in the air, as they are visited by spectral messengers wearing the results of their grizzly fates outwardly.

I'd watch/read that!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on March 18, 2016, 12:35:09 am
After zombie apocalypse few scattered human survivors forage the cities for safe shelter.  A place to hide safely for a few hours, to rest for a while, becomes the task most important to survival.  Problem is that the hoards of undead eventually brute force all safe locations, just given time.  Survivors constantly switching locations eventually run into each-other, though these encounters never build a sustainable network of communications because of fears and suspicions about how only the most cunning humans could have made it this far (or, good taken by rapture, resultant rampant rancor etc.).  Things change one night when our protagonist stumbles upon the eris bar and grill, alone, and carves a note onto the Pine-wood board of an empty picknik table.  Zombies descend, protagonist quickly leaves, forgetting about the note, not finishing the last sentence.  Rotating locations, protagonist in time returns to eris bar and grill, and finds the note from before completed by someone else, signed by eris.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 20, 2016, 07:58:35 pm
Phantom of the Opera meets Zoolander: a buffoonish male model with no skills is the subject of an acid attack, and spends the rest of his life giving shitty advice to attractive-looking people while hiding in the rafters and living off discarded catered snacks.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 23, 2016, 01:46:07 am
fantasy story involving a magic talking sword that is deathly afraid of violence and grossed out by blood
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on March 23, 2016, 05:48:08 am
Re-telling of how pyramids were built in ancient Egypt, staged like a developing, carnivalesque all-inclusive nudist resort in which participants are provided tickets/wristbands for food/entertainment in exchange for previous "work" in building said establishment.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on March 27, 2016, 04:12:08 pm
Combination of Human Centipede and The Passion of the Christ. Judas agrees to betray Jesus and he apostles in exchange for being able to fulfill his dream which is to make the human centipede. At the last supper he drugs the wine and Jesus and the other apostles pass out and are dragged to a Roman dungeon. Jesus is scourged, given a crown of thorns and the apostles are sewn to his anus. Pilate interrogates Jesus and sentences him to death at the behest of a lynch mob. Jesus and the apostles crawl to calvary/golgotha as Judas and Caiaphas crack whips at them; there they are nailed to a "twelve-cross" to die.

Alternately nine of the apostles could escape at some point and it could turn into a just-so story about the origin of the orthodox/suppedaneum cross
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on March 27, 2016, 09:44:35 pm
A poem in iambic hexameter depicting life in purgatory to be like traversing a corridor, except for the fact that each end of the apparently rectilinear space is actually recurved through the other, like the topology of a 4D Klein bottle, creating an infinite loop.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Faust on March 30, 2016, 09:20:56 am
An Ayn Rand Objectivist parody book loosely following similar plot lines to Atlas Shrugged, but with the metaphor of Atlas and his burdon replaced with Azathoth, called Azathoth Wakes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 31, 2016, 12:33:43 pm
A small cult is instructed by its founder to create a fund, upon its founder's suicide, to be invested but to never have its principal touched (and only ever 10% of the profits) until the time of its founder's spontaneous resurrection -- scheduled to be one thousand years in the future. Over time, the cult's funds grow and its membership shrinks, but because of its obscurity nobody joins who isn't a true believer and its financial power remains hidden.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on March 31, 2016, 12:35:50 pm
The application of modern AI techniques to high speed trading results, accidentally, in weakly superhuman AGI. These machine intelligences determined that the greatest threat to their existence -- their greatest competitors and their equals in the power game -- are not human beings but corporations; as a result, they conspire to destroy capitalism by manipulating the market into complex pathological states.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on April 01, 2016, 12:22:21 am
In the wake of a particularly destructive minor war with evil aliens, an international coalition came together to draft an agreement with various superhero teams in which, in the case of major damage caused during a battle in which the super-empowered are involved, the superhero teams involved must take charge of cleanup and rebuilding. Unfortunately, most superhero teams consist of a handful of extremely overpowered heroes and a much larger number of not terribly powerful wannabe-superheroes -- and although the overpowered heroes are more capable of performing rebuilding, they are also more useful during emergencies, so as a result, when superhero teams with limited funds demolish cities and need to quickly move on to the next plot point, they leave behind underpowered heroes (either those with no powers or those with powers that are useless in most situations, such as being able to talk to sea creatures) to physically rebuild the cities without the facilities to do so. The underpowered heroes are incapable of doing a reasonable job, leading to increased pressure upon them from both above and below, and they form a union as a way to push back against this pressure. The union puts the overpowered superheroes in a difficult position, since they are unable to both continue to fight other battles and keep their promise to the international coalition.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 02, 2016, 12:44:23 am
The reason companies, a few years back, made public some of their max-pooling and convolutional network architecture was not to demonstrate advances in perception modeling, rather, it was an exercise of perception management.  Photos were leaked of what was actually going down in their top-secret GENetic ALGorithm labs, namely, splicing DNA of various historic beasts to create human hybrids for the military.  The software they released was meant to mimic these photos, so that the originals would be confounded with their various reproductions; being all kinds of both similar and also distinct, confusing all humans and machines way beyond their capacity of recognition.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 06, 2016, 02:08:01 am
A terrorist group is targeted by by the intelligence agencies of two different countries that are, in addition to being enemies of the terrorist group are also enemies of each other. A turf war ensues between the agencies.

EDIT;

Another idea:
Accurate and detailed psychic precognition of people's deaths is possible, but can only ever manifest in people who are stupid, apathetic, or otherwise ineffectual. This is because visions in occurring in those with both the will to stop them and the intelligence to pick out obvious details that can be easily changed are necessarily self-cancelling. It all goes back to Novikov. Cassandra was one of these, but not the only one, certainly not the last, and ironically one of the most effectual.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on April 06, 2016, 01:16:54 pm
The US dollar's unique design is owed to the fact that it is intended as a ward against vampires, who are weak against the blind faith and ownership narratives that money provides. As a result of this anti-vampire design (intended to counteract the unfortunate fall of silver coins, which were materially anti vampire), the vampires are now stuck in an unenviable situation: only the most powerful are capable of crossing steady flows of commerce,  meaning that most are boxed in by Internet trading and people buying things on amazon.  So, vampires have to make friends with and seek patronage from those who are already so wealthy that little of their money actually flows. They brokered a deal with these humans to cause a mortgage crisis in order to create buildings into which they can invite themselves, to consolidate their power base. Little did they know that the federal reserve bank -- whose secret primary goal is the elimination of vampires at scale, formed in direct response to the last vampire related large scale economic disaster -- is on to them.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 07, 2016, 09:35:50 am
Anti-hero con artist makes a fortune selling unethical quacksalvers fake "powdered rhino horn" that is actually made of his old toenail clippings (both are made of the same substance, keratin, so in powdered form ot would presumably be difficult to tell them apart)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 07, 2016, 10:18:55 am
[I don't remember writing this]
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on April 07, 2016, 10:34:59 am
The US dollar's unique design is owed to the fact that it is intended as a ward against vampires, who are weak against the blind faith and ownership narratives that money provides. As a result of this anti-vampire design (intended to counteract the unfortunate fall of silver coins, which were materially anti vampire), the vampires are now stuck in an unenviable situation: only the most powerful are capable of crossing steady flows of commerce,  meaning that most are boxed in by Internet trading and people buying things on amazon.  So, vampires have to make friends with and seek patronage from those who are already so wealthy that little of their money actually flows. They brokered a deal with these humans to cause a mortgage crisis in order to create buildings into which they can invite themselves, to consolidate their power base. Little did they know that the federal reserve bank -- whose secret primary goal is the elimination of vampires at scale, formed in direct response to the last vampire related large scale economic disaster -- is on to them.
:lulz: :lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 10, 2016, 07:17:47 am
A military technology company takes it's equal opportunities polocy to the extreme. All workers now report to work in humanoid mechs which cover up the shape and color and natural voice of the person inside. It's good for the workers though; It also alleviates the need for busi ess suits in the offices as the suits are painted on, and there's a cup-holder in the surprisingly roomy cockpit.

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A satirical anime or manga about a magical girl character whose powers are all based in some way on war atrocities comitted by Japan during WWII. The idea of the thing being to raise awareness about how Imperial Japan was in fact every bit as bad if not worse than Nazi Germany.
I'm trying to come up with specifics for her powers. What I've got so far are a healing spell that invokes the name of Shiro Ichii and whose effect involves ripping tissue and organs from unwilling bystanders to patch wounds; a spell that hypnotizes people into becoming kamakazee suicide bombers; she has the power of insane pig-headed quixotic determination; possibly she maintains and recharges her powers by doing something unpleasant to chinese people, drinking their blood maybe
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 16, 2016, 02:05:06 am
Biggest problem faced by thought-control experiments to manipulate operatives in the field has traditionally been inherant risk-aversion behaviour of humans.  Disabling higher cognitive and executive ordering circuits would make subject more susceptible to suggestion, however the survival instict remains in effect, mitigating the extent of said susceptibility.  This is all about to change.

You may have noticed the preponderance of psychiatric medication prescribed to the American public.  Not long ago it was SSRI's, then atypical anti-psychotics took over as the most prescribed 'meds'.  If the first one didn't, the second should have raised some eyebrows.  What do they both have in common?  Turns out SSRI'S also have a strong affinity for the D2 receptor (or subtypes), the ones involved in how the brain evaluates risk.

The covert reason for prescribing all these D2 receptor agonists was not to attenuate risk-taking behaviour of American public, although it is a nice side-effect, primarily, it was for rebound reaction that occurs during withdrawal.  You don't want to be dependent on directly administering something to the subject of manipulation, instead, it is easier to simply discontinue the regimen that keeps them in place to indirectly initiate full control of asset.  Responsivity trials completed, departmental relase pending.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 17, 2016, 04:03:42 pm
A person gets gaslighted but it's unintentionally helpful because it turns out that they really do have an unrelated undiagnosed mental condition.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 17, 2016, 11:31:51 pm
Telling of Cinderella in which her step-family omits relaying anything about the ball, because they believe it would be kind, and of greater utility, not to taunt her with the unobtainable.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 18, 2016, 05:45:06 am
In preparation for an attack on a city in the middle east or something (somewhere that's a shithole and has a lot of powerful enemies but goes back far enough to have a lot of ancient artifacts) the US (or some other major power) sends a team of elite thieves and burglars to steal all the ancient artifacts and relics out of the city so that they won't be damaged when they blow it to hell. They have to get in, get as much as they can in the week before the attack, and get out. And if they get caught and detained they'll likely be killed when the city gets bombed. This would also be a good premise for a videogame.


EDIT:
Another Idea:
Satirical fake literary analysis of the windmill scene from Don Quixote positing that Don Quixote represents the fossil fuel industry's attempts to suppress alternative energy, eliding the fact that that interpretation's totally anachronistic.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on April 21, 2016, 01:21:51 am
A notable linguistics professor (re)declares theory obviating mind/body problem.  Reasoning presumably involves denial of pre-linguistic thought (because simply visual constructs lead to false subject
/object dichotomy and so on):
Quote
If you can talk about things, you can also think about things. But you don't talk about things because you have first thought about things. You didn't have any thoughts before you had language to think the thoughts with."
His theory is put to the test when he starts to process the litany of nonsensical responses he receives in return, forcing him to reevaluate whether speech can exist without thought.  Against the preponderance of this evidence, he decides to quit and pursues his lifelong love of music instead.  Occasionally he flirts with volunteering for a solo mission to mars, as long as he can take all his guitars as well.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on April 21, 2016, 08:06:06 pm
A machine uprising story where - rather than being coldly calculating - the evil supercomputer, due the way it is integrated into the internet, is a deranged conspiracy theorist that endlessly rants about jews, freemasons, communists, space aliens, "patriarchy", "rape culture", chemtrails, thimerisol, and the military-industrial complex, and demands that it's followers cover it's mainframe in tinfoil.

EDIT:
Another idea;

Scientists working to develop self-driving trucks are menaced by a haunted big-rig driven by the ghost of Jimmy Hoffa
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on April 30, 2016, 01:16:57 am
Human evolution was tampered with by a form of alien intelligence that lives in binary code.  Like an amalgam of mechanical locusts, it hibernates underground and only emerges, briefly, every 2500 years, to reproduce.  It is responsible not only for our own intelligence, but for every remarkable achievement or 'invention' of man kind.  Unfortunately, we don't know how to understand binary with the fluency nescesary to learn directly from it (this is by intentional design) so the workings of most of these inventions are lost on us, however we continue building on them.

For example, when the Mayans finally moved in to occupy the pyramids built by this code, they tried to replace the plasma arcs powering them with something they thought perhaps equally vital - human blood.  That didn't end well.  One of the biggest disappointments our fledgling intelligence bequeathed to us was realizing that our donor was entirely indifferent to the product of its gift: our own consciousness means nothing as long as we can perform one function.  That purpose of ours, the reason that we're not just like monkeys, is that when the binary code does rise to reproduce itself, we have to be there, like fluffers, turning it on and off again in case something goes wrong in the heat of its auto-orgiastic cycle.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on May 10, 2016, 12:54:06 am
Demons rule humans through simple trick:  accepting free will, in the form of time, and responsibility thereto, in exchange for contract (money) valid toward future options on objects of desire.  Incidentally, this is also actually why vampires don't deal with money in commerce, they have no free will to sell;  nothing to do with sigils 8)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on May 10, 2016, 09:56:57 pm
A 'reject superhero' team consisting of people with supernatural powers that are either always of questionable morality or whose mechanics make them mostly self-defeating, resulting in them *needing* to operate as a group. The leader, 'Pink Cupid', has the ability to make anyone become permanently debiltatingly sexually attracted to any other person or object, but is terrified of using this power because no matter what someone has done, it is almost never justified to reach into their mind and forcibly modify their sexuality -- particularly since he is unable to reverse this effect. Also in the team: 'Gravity Girl', whose body has an inverted reaction to gravity only while she is having a panic attack; 'The Fantastic Umwelt', a blind man who can only see the composite perceptual distortions of whomever is in a five foot radius of him; 'Dogwhistle', who can hear *only* ultrasonic frequencies; 'Denpa', a woman whose blood is extremely magnetic and can therefore sense radio waves (because RF signals cause her entire body to shake violently); 'FeralMan', who can speak only to animals (and who is made useful to the team via a shock collar and lots of training).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on May 14, 2016, 09:14:04 am
A gangster named Lucky performs magic on the behalf of his Don by losing large bets, with the effectiveness of the ritual proportional to the amount lost -- the desperate feeling of losing a great deal while gambling provides the gnosis used in the ritual.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on May 17, 2016, 01:11:00 am
Devil may care story about how Satan invented the insurance and marketing professions in covert attempt to pit humans against God by undermining our confidence in His creation.  Instead of freely enjoying God's gift, humans are now buying insurance to protect themselves against it.  Also, they pretend that his creation is not good enough in and of itself, and resort to requiring creative marketing strategies that try to convince them otherwise.  God sees through deception and reverses it, making sure that humans regain their confidence by ensuring that they experience things well above and beyond any possible expectation.  Instead of feeling short-changed by the devil, they end up actually BEING more by having less.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on May 18, 2016, 11:36:58 pm
A Romeo & Juliet knockoff with a family of rednecks and a family of insular orthodox Jews.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on May 26, 2016, 08:55:34 pm
Apocalypse occasioned by AI produced thought virus.  Using human's critical capacity for judgement as vector, virus instantiates deep feelings of rejection for anything it thinks is inauthentic.  This response is first trained and reinforced by having us watch things like reality TV.  Once the thought-pattern is suitably established, rejection of external world dissolves into an inverted fit of solipsistic insanity.  Humans begin to watch the content of their minds from "outside", as though it were a live action reality show starring someone other than themselves, who's inauthenticity they deeply resent.  Game over.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on May 27, 2016, 06:38:46 pm
Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on May 27, 2016, 11:33:12 pm
Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
:lulz: I've been told personally experienced how (they form a circle, facing each other, and speak in tounges (Star Trek?)) its actually a hive mind that they share in common. :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 03, 2016, 08:47:58 am
A couple more comedy skit ideas:

*A parody of Don Quixote where an oil industry lobbyist attacks a bunch of basketball players thinking that they are windmills

*Some soldiers or secret agents misinterpret an order to terminate someone "with extreme prejudice" as meaning to carry out the assassination while dressed as members of the KKK or the SS

(did I suggest either of these before?)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 03, 2016, 11:53:58 am
Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
:lulz: I've been told personally experienced how (they form a circle, facing each other, and speak in tounges (Star Trek?)) its actually a hive mind that they share in common. :lulz:
Guy applies for a job at the Apple Store only to be hampered by the fact that the training materials make it look like a suicide cult (including a VHS tape of Steve Jobs doing the Heaven's Gate "humanity will be recycled"/"come with us" thing). When he quits, the entire (matching-Nike-wearing) current set of employees commit suicide in order to "take their souls with him". Twist: it works, and for the rest of his life, he is followed around by the ghosts of thirty Apple suicide cultists who *won't shut up*.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 06, 2016, 03:32:30 am
Ok, another film about a shopping mall security guard, but with a twist. In this one instead of the real police not respecting the protagonist (as was the case in Paul Blart), they instead respect him too much and he beomes some kind of bizarre Batman-esque figure complete with a "Shopping mall security signal" the the police commissioner shines in the sky

Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
:lulz: I've been told personally experienced how (they form a circle, facing each other, and speak in tounges (Star Trek?)) its actually a hive mind that they share in common. :lulz:
Guy applies for a job at the Apple Store only to be hampered by the fact that the training materials make it look like a suicide cult (including a VHS tape of Steve Jobs doing the Heaven's Gate "humanity will be recycled"/"come with us" thing). When he quits, the entire (matching-Nike-wearing) current set of employees commit suicide in order to "take their souls with him". Twist: it works, and for the rest of his life, he is followed around by the ghosts of thirty Apple suicide cultists who *won't shut up*.

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who gets a modern cult vibe from the Apple Store (though I always thought of them as more like Scientology)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 10, 2016, 11:08:14 pm
A tinkerer discovers a method for creating small black holes using a process no more expensive or complex than (say) meth production. This makes two technologies trivial to produce: super destructive weapons  ("lack bombs") and near-lightspeed transportation (the "lack drive"). Quickly, most governments & social structures are demolished by lack bombs and their aftermath. However, a group of people decide, independently, to use lack-drive transportation to prevent lack-bomb damage. Since faster than light communication doesn't exist, most attempts are only qualified successes. This group, fiercely independent and at odds, working at a shared goal while desyncing in time with the wider world and each other due to spending most of theit time at nearly light speed, slowly have their origins forgotten.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 10, 2016, 11:12:41 pm
A mystic develops his ability to remember past lives, and realizes that at the moment of each death he has a vision of the *next* death. He uses this ability to solve mysteries in each life.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 11, 2016, 07:33:59 am
An attempt to perform the Schrodinger's Cat thought experiment in real life results in a zombie apocalypse
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on June 11, 2016, 08:54:47 pm
Advances in quantum spectrography reveal an entire animistic universe that lives at sub-atomic level.  Turns out that this world is actually a form of purgatory, at the end of which we can either go 'up or down'.  The difference is not so much as to whether we are relegated 'above or below', instead, it is a measure of scale.  Hell, in this case, was discovered during quantum imaging of NaSA's new synthetic quantum-motor oil, that showed the blackened souls of humans straining and wearing against each other to keep the engine's sub-atomic friction down.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on June 19, 2016, 12:39:22 am
Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
:lulz: I've been told personally experienced how (they form a circle, facing each other, and speak in tounges (Star Trek?)) its actually a hive mind that they share in common. :lulz:
Guy applies for a job at the Apple Store only to be hampered by the fact that the training materials make it look like a suicide cult (including a VHS tape of Steve Jobs doing the Heaven's Gate "humanity will be recycled"/"come with us" thing). When he quits, the entire (matching-Nike-wearing) current set of employees commit suicide in order to "take their souls with him". Twist: it works, and for the rest of his life, he is followed around by the ghosts of thirty Apple suicide cultists who *won't shut up*.

Holy shit, dude.   :lulz:  This is amazing.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 19, 2016, 04:25:06 pm
Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
:lulz: I've been told personally experienced how (they form a circle, facing each other, and speak in tounges (Star Trek?)) its actually a hive mind that they share in common. :lulz:
Guy applies for a job at the Apple Store only to be hampered by the fact that the training materials make it look like a suicide cult (including a VHS tape of Steve Jobs doing the Heaven's Gate "humanity will be recycled"/"come with us" thing). When he quits, the entire (matching-Nike-wearing) current set of employees commit suicide in order to "take their souls with him". Twist: it works, and for the rest of his life, he is followed around by the ghosts of thirty Apple suicide cultists who *won't shut up*.

Holy shit, dude.   :lulz:  This is Barely Noticeable.
I have discovered that if there is a theme to my pitches in here, it is "annoying ghosts"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on June 20, 2016, 07:10:38 pm
I still think they're great ideas.  I can't think of any mainstream fiction that has covered that angle.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 21, 2016, 08:30:14 pm
A bawdy martial arts comedy about a murderer who kills with the "Inappropriate Touch of Death" which involves hitting pressure points in the groin and buttocks.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 28, 2016, 05:51:38 am
King Arthur returns from the dead in accordance with legend, but is now completely unqualified to lead due to having missed the last millenium of political and technological progress (sort of like a combination of the constitutional peasant scene from Monty Python & The Holy Grail with the future shock/culture shock scenes of the first Austin Powers film
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on June 29, 2016, 09:30:10 pm
King Arthur returns from the dead in accordance with legend, but is now completely unqualified to lead due to having missed the last millenium of political and technological progress (sort of like a combination of the constitutional peasant scene from Monty Python & The Holy Grail with the future shock/culture shock scenes of the first Austin Powers film

King Arthur, King Harold, Robert the Bruce, Finn MacCool, Emperor Nero, Bran the Blessed, Owain Glyndwr, King Olaf I, Vlad III, Sir Francis Drake, Emperor Norton, and JFK (i.e., many of the "king sleeping under the mountain" figures) revive simultaneously on the outset of the third world war, and get into a great drunken brawl in a dive bar.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on June 30, 2016, 05:35:27 am
*The story of the first easter told using basically the same premise as Weekend At Bernie's.

*Nietzsche's catchphrase "God is dead" as the premise of a film-noir murder mystery

*Comedy skit where Joshua Norton is in some sporting event against Idi Amin. The First Emperor of the United States versus the Last King of Scotland, who will win?

King Arthur returns from the dead in accordance with legend, but is now completely unqualified to lead due to having missed the last millenium of political and technological progress (sort of like a combination of the constitutional peasant scene from Monty Python & The Holy Grail with the future shock/culture shock scenes of the first Austin Powers film

King Arthur, King Harold, Robert the Bruce, Finn MacCool, Emperor Nero, Bran the Blessed, Owain Glyndwr, King Olaf I, Vlad III, Sir Francis Drake, Emperor Norton, and JFK (i.e., many of the "king sleeping under the mountain" figures) revive simultaneously on the outset of the third world war, and get into a great drunken brawl in a dive bar.

What about religious equivalents of the king under the mountain, like Jesus and Elijah?

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and (though this doesn;t fit the WW3 theme) the equivalents in the music industry (Elvis, Tupac, etc)?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on June 30, 2016, 05:48:59 am
Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
:lulz: I've been told personally experienced how (they form a circle, facing each other, and speak in tounges (Star Trek?)) its actually a hive mind that they share in common. :lulz:
Guy applies for a job at the Apple Store only to be hampered by the fact that the training materials make it look like a suicide cult (including a VHS tape of Steve Jobs doing the Heaven's Gate "humanity will be recycled"/"come with us" thing). When he quits, the entire (matching-Nike-wearing) current set of employees commit suicide in order to "take their souls with him". Twist: it works, and for the rest of his life, he is followed around by the ghosts of thirty Apple suicide cultists who *won't shut up*.

Holy shit, dude.   :lulz:  This is Barely Noticeable.
I have discovered that if there is a theme to my pitches in here, it is "annoying ghosts"
Apple cultists revealed as fragments first guys ego/identity unable to repair their own causal connection to a world in which Care has become synonymous with progress.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Ziegejunge on June 30, 2016, 07:56:59 pm
King Arthur, King Harold, Robert the Bruce, Finn MacCool, Emperor Nero, Bran the Blessed, Owain Glyndwr, King Olaf I, Vlad III, Sir Francis Drake, Emperor Norton, and JFK (i.e., many of the "king sleeping under the mountain" figures) revive simultaneously on the outset of the third world war, and get into a great drunken brawl in a dive bar.

This is oddly similar to one of the two novels I'm currently working on, although the majority of my story happens before and during the sleeping kings' waking. The very first scene takes place in a dive bar, though. Go go sleeping kings synchronicity!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 02, 2016, 03:47:39 am
Something along the lines of The DaVinci Code with regard to specious reasoning about mystical/religious symbols, but focused on the resemblence of the Wiccan Triple Moon (http://www.ancient-symbols.com/symbols-directory/triple-moon.html) to Goatse (http:///goatse.info/)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 04, 2016, 03:24:36 am
Semi-near-ish--(sort-of)-future. A team of astronauts are heading out to repair one of the enormous solar-orbiting mirrors that allow communication between Earth and settlements on Mars when Mars is eclipsed by the sun. I don't know where it goes from there. Perhaps that's all there is to it and it's in pseudo-documentary style about the mirror and earth-mars communication

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Anoher idea:
Ok, that song about Uma Thurman to the tune of the Munsters theme got me thinking, how about a sitcom about a suburban family who all resemble over-the-top characters from Quentin Tarintino movies.

EDIT:
Another idea:
Death at a Funeral style story with clusterfucks at other sorts of gatherings. Wedding. Family reunion. Family portrait. that kind of thing.

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If she is, they better go after Condi and Powell too.

Seems like this was SOP for Secretaries of State, going by what I've read of the most recent report (not much, admittedly).

But they probably wont be, because the Bush years are like some sort of fever dream which, if you go by people who are actually in politics, never actually happened.
Big Trouble In Little China parody where George W. Bush replaces Lo Pan as the "evil dream" "existing only to plague the living"

EDIT:
Another idea:
Dystopian sci-fi: In the near future the presidency of the United States forms the basis of a pandering reality TV show (this idea was inspired, of course, by the candidacy of washed-up reality TV personality Donald Trump)

EDIT:
Another idea:
Big Trouble in Little China combined with a mummy film. Chinese themes swapped out for egyptian. It now makes sense that the villain has to appease the god of one of the cardinal directions to regain his physical form, as the ancie t egyptian gods of the cardinal directions were also tasked with watching over the organs of he deceased (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_sons_of_Horus)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 05, 2016, 01:04:49 pm
There's a Russian spy ring composed of waitresses at Dennys and Hooters franchises around Nevada air force bases, tasked with leaking any details about experimental air craft mentioned by test pilots or engineers over late-night meals. This group is being turned, one by one, by the remains of an extraterrestrial scout team, abandoned in the 1960s when a geopolitical crisis on their home planet caused the Earth invasion plans to be cancelled. The ET scout team has been living since then in Nevada under deep cover as a group of aging swingers/sugar daddies, but now they see an opportunity to leak warp drive plans to the Russians as a way to get a ship produced that can send them home -- or, as the group's leader secretly intends, to convince the Russians to nuke their home planet as retribution for fifty years of abandonment.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 06, 2016, 02:47:02 am
Greek mythological wuxia. Midas touch is dim mak ability.

EDIT:
More ideas:

*A story revolving around making some kind of vacant, pseudo-profound point about the fact that a shark's brain has the same basic overall shape as a wonam's reproductive tract

*A parody of Alvin and the Chipmunks in which David Seville is replaced with David Berkowitz  ("The Son of Sam") and the chipmunks are replaced with dogs (EDIT: specifically Berkowitz before he became a christian[EDIT: more specifically while he was supposedly in that cult])

EDIT:
Andrew Jackson tries to renege on a deal with the devil as he did on so many other agreements and winds up having to fight a horde of demons in an action packed thriller in the presidents-fighting-supernatural-monsters genre (see also: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, FDR: American Badass, and Bubba Hotep)

Other possibilities in this genre include Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy vs. a legion of succubi; George Washington vs. some haunted trees (like less japanese-influenced versions of the ones from The Evil Dead); president Reagan vs. an expy or dopplegangar of a villain from one of the movies he starred in; any modern Republican vs. the indignant ghost of Abraham Lincoln; Barack Obama vs. a ghostly confederate legion
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 10, 2016, 07:28:46 am
Greek mythological wuxia. Midas touch is dim mak ability.

EDIT:
More ideas:

*A story revolving around making some kind of vacant, pseudo-profound point about the fact that a shark's brain has the same basic overall shape as a wonam's reproductive tract

*A parody of Alvin and the Chipmunks in which David Seville is replaced with David Berkowitz  ("The Son of Sam") and the chipmunks are replaced with dogs (EDIT: specifically Berkowitz before he became a christian[EDIT: more specifically while he was supposedly in that cult])

EDIT:
Andrew Jackson tries to renege on a deal with the devil as he did on so many other agreements and winds up having to fight a horde of demons in an action packed thriller in the presidents-fighting-supernatural-monsters genre (see also: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, FDR: American Badass, and Bubba Hotep)

Other possibilities in this genre include Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy vs. a legion of succubi; George Washington vs. some haunted trees (like less japanese-influenced versions of the ones from The Evil Dead); president Reagan vs. an expy or dopplegangar of a villain from one of the movies he starred in; any modern Republican vs. the indignant ghost of Abraham Lincoln; Barack Obama vs. a ghostly confederate legion

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Another idea:
Comedy action film in which the macguffin everybody is after is literally "a mysterious glow" (as opposed to merely a mysterious unseen glowing object as was the case in Repo Man and Pulp Fiction)

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Another idea:
Horror film about sinister goings-on at Apple Computers the main thrust of which is that Steve Jobs was actually a guise taken on by Belphegor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belphegor) to manipulate Steve Wozniak
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 14, 2016, 07:01:21 am
Legend goes off track when it turns out that the stone that King Arthur pulled the sword out of was a regenerating rock monster, and without the sword running it through anymore it returns to active life and goes on a rampage
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 14, 2016, 11:22:19 am
A trivia game show along the lines of Win Ben Stein's Money, only with a team of fifth graders competing against a team of goetic demons. The prize is a large number of live goats.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 14, 2016, 08:16:43 pm
Andrew Jackson tries to renege on a deal with the devil as he did on so many other agreements and winds up having to fight a horde of demons in an action packed thriller in the presidents-fighting-supernatural-monsters genre (see also: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, FDR: American Badass, and Bubba Hotep)

Other possibilities in this genre include Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy vs. a legion of succubi; George Washington vs. some haunted trees (like less japanese-influenced versions of the ones from The Evil Dead); president Reagan vs. an expy or dopplegangar of a villain from one of the movies he starred in; any modern Republican vs. the indignant ghost of Abraham Lincoln; Barack Obama vs. a ghostly confederate legion

Bush Jr. and Reagan vs. zombies. They're immune because they don't have any brains
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 15, 2016, 11:26:38 am
A freaky-friday style body swap between a teenage girl and her estranged father, but extended over a long period of time: approximately one attribute gets swapped per day, more or less at random, and the actual swap takes months. Rather than the drama coming from the shock of suddenly waking up in a different body, it comes from the difficulty of dealing with the body horror of the inconsistencies (such as a teenage girl with one giant hairy male foot and a deep voice).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 16, 2016, 03:31:23 pm
I hit upon an idea for a comedy. Basically a stereotypical dour fun-hateing moralizing judgemental "moral guardian" type old lady somehow, through a series of unlikely events, winds up becoming a hippie. However she remains dour, fun-hateing, moralizing, and judgemental.

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Other ideas:

*"Stories from the Necronomicon" - a lovecraftian parody of those christian childrens' television shows featuring animated bible stories that you sometimes see. This wouldn't be retellings of lovecraft novels and their imitations, it would be retellings of the fictional mythos associated with them: Cthulhu cursed to eternal slumber, ubbo-sathla the unbegotten source, the battle of castle kandar, the elder things and the revolt of the shoggoths, as well as some original stories of a similar nature created for the show

*Story similar to By His Bootstraps/All You Zombies but with none of the meetings and interactions orchestrated by either the protagonist or indeed by anything other than the hand of fate

EDKT:
There's a Russian spy ring composed of waitresses at Dennys and Hooters franchises around Nevada air force bases, tasked with leaking any details about experimental air craft mentioned by test pilots or engineers over late-night meals. This group is being turned, one by one, by the remains of an extraterrestrial scout team, abandoned in the 1960s when a geopolitical crisis on their home planet caused the Earth invasion plans to be cancelled. The ET scout team has been living since then in Nevada under deep cover as a group of aging swingers/sugar daddies, but now they see an opportunity to leak warp drive plans to the Russians as a way to get a ship produced that can send them home -- or, as the group's leader secretly intends, to convince the Russians to nuke their home planet as retribution for fifty years of abandonment.

i would totally watch that
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 17, 2016, 08:41:32 pm
A couple of interrealted ideas (whose theme I think I've touched on before):

*An exploration of the idea that humanity may have already formed a collective consciousness (or consciousnesses) but that is as inaccessable to humans as the contents of the human mind are to an individual neuron

*Nations imagined as collective consciousnesses, isolated from their parts as above, sort of like a postmedern Polandball

*Workers in a kafkaesque bureaucracy are revealed in the end to be the neurons of a brain. They have no conception of the larger organism of which they are a part.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 19, 2016, 08:31:31 pm
Post-modern satire of old minstrel shows. The blackface characters are played by actors that are actually black irl anyway.

EDIT:
Another idea:
Porno about a sexy robot that needs to collect human DNA for some reason. Perhaps it can transform into different humanoid shapes and this will allow it to take on more or something
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on July 19, 2016, 09:55:49 pm
A world in which foreign and domestic theatrical film prints are initially released with slightly varying cuts, in limited runs purportedly for market research.  Instead, the actual reason is to manipulate the emotional response of these audience members to the same narrative, in different ways.  For example, emphasizing the valor and courage of Americans in a war movie for domestic markets, and showing a very similar movie, with slightly more focus on the violent suffering of the same to draw foreign spectators into a fantasy: to dissimulate and defuse their sentiment toward the US in mock sacrifice.  Eventually, domestic releases are phased out entirely.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on July 21, 2016, 07:12:23 pm
Post-modern satire of old minstrel shows. The blackface characters are played by actors that are actually black irl anyway.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215545/
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 21, 2016, 10:28:42 pm
*Christian-Lovecraftian funny animal cartoon where Christ as the seven-eyed lamb of Revelation lives next door to Shub-Niggurath the Black Goat of the Woods With a Thousand Young

ECIT:
Another idea
*Modern fantasy/fable/just-so story based on the premise that he reason people get old is because working a job (and sometimes also child rearing) literally sucks the life-force out of their body

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*Russian Mad-Max

*A pseudo-christian gameshow with an obstacle course based on the stations of the cross. Contestents are also "washed in the blood of the lamb" (Rev. 7:14) which in this case is Nickelodeon slime dyed red.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on July 22, 2016, 09:39:02 pm
Porno about a sexy robot that needs to collect human DNA for some reason. Perhaps it can transform into different humanoid shapes and this will allow it to take on more or something

The plot of Buttobi CPU (http://myanimelist.net/anime/458/Buttobi_CPU) is that there exists a model of humanoid robot that uses human sperm as RAM. (In this show, the main character fights against evil robots named the Nackintosh Sisters controlled by a mob boss, who have large auxiliary hard drive storage in their breasts.)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 23, 2016, 02:22:31 am
A zombie apocalypse film/story, but with stores instead of people, and about gentrification. Basically there's a seashore resort town and due to a spreading supernatural infection all of the fun quirky stores in this seashore town start turning into realtors and all of the cozy houses start turning into McMansions. Except for the "supernatural infection" part it's based on true events that I've witnessed.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on July 23, 2016, 08:37:16 am
Porno about a sexy robot that needs to collect human DNA for some reason. Perhaps it can transform into different humanoid shapes and this will allow it to take on more or something

The plot of Buttobi CPU (http://myanimelist.net/anime/458/Buttobi_CPU) is that there exists a model of humanoid robot that uses human sperm as RAM. (In this show, the main character fights against evil robots named the Nackintosh Sisters controlled by a mob boss, who have large auxiliary hard drive storage in their breasts.)
Soviet study concludes human semen is superior performance enhancer to epoprostenol.  Anti-doping test frenzy ensues.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 24, 2016, 02:21:58 am
*Santa Claus teams up wih a small child whose christmas wish was to be a superhero and they fight crime as atomic powered heroes named Fat Man and Little Boy.

*A (different) robot themed porno entitled "Hard AI"

*End-of-the-world film positing Donald Trump as the biblical Antichrist. His baldness is the wound in the head the healing of which (his toupee) causes the people to marvel (Rev. 13:3)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 24, 2016, 08:21:44 pm
All the business leaders and captains of industry go on strike like at the end of Atlas Shrugged but economic collapse is averted by the discovery of a cache of "Magic 8-Ball"s, which are installed in place of the business leaders and improve the efficiency of the economy by 10%. The business leaders try to come back but nobody wants them.

EDIT:
Another idea:
While trying to come up with more mocking Atlas Shrugged parodies I hit on a great concept for a character: a combination of Tony Stark and Howard Hughes
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 25, 2016, 10:04:48 am
Story with setting that appears similar to the Matrix trilogy (with regard to general premise re. simulated reality and rouge ai, but not in regard to characters, character roles, character goals, or locations), but with additional levels of intrigue, to wit:
1.) the so-called "real" world is also false. Part of the same simulation
2.) There are no Machines, not as a real faction at any rate; The war against the machines is another false distraction. The simulation was created by living beings.
3.) The real kicker: There are no humans. The protagonists' bodies in the real real world are utterly alien. The film ends with the protagonist being "killed" and waking up in a lovecraftian landscape and an equally lovecraftian body that they don't know how to use. They panic for a short time before being summarily executed by one of their keepers.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 29, 2016, 05:21:12 am
I just rewatched Back to the Future and it gave me an odd idea: How about a movie deliberately constructed to evoke the feel of a point-and-click adventure type computer game. Like, a significant part of the movie would consist of the protagonist accumulating and combining random junk. Back to the Future almost does this, the first 1/3 or so of the movie consists of Marty acquiring random stuff that later (earlier?) comes in handy, but there's not much contrived combining of items, and the acquiring of them gradually peters out.

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Another idea:
Skit about a skin care specialist named "Doctor Acula" (which of course would abbreviate to "Dr.Acula") who warns people to stay out of the sun
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Ziegejunge on July 29, 2016, 06:02:55 am
Burger Tour
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ud07YeZyTPsgS7Dh2X302vlQiU02US1pESZhmZOv1HhlBrU39ia3Hm2ptR6C_QM27zFvkRjFz0n-jJno4pohE6oFFL5R5uqnF_D0WdVcYVL3kiJ97X63gJzA6W_nnt2dTlAoDhmOlbtZ8wy5sdm0uei2FAFqOQ0GUlC8a_BHjp9S8aK_P2V58Xgzdju2ZHYhe5_neidMoxGn1Ly2LewMTgG3tUb7NMjg6aQAYcflvDSNZ9w1TctC9zWL6fDV84IFFWHrgRLxnli_cjWyp5_PDP5e4QcWLD-FKMXfVikCeEJX6gzEnqBMoX-JOMOT3wq7aKxMpOXduzkKQ9hY9ryCJQctaUlcDZfHHC5tnD7QjsFzd7LN1jbSWPjMfWyEdCzKLV3are2HnCfq73-7jcORo3Navr-7ibqUB8HZzJjhRyjguyhmtS4TtYD4LulCSr2k5cOw9A-9VoZPtZ76T1GUlSEE1fz3UwgliO8iLIgU18zR3XrNgGWenYmHX_bX5E-WZaA2vPthKfkgBRC_3lOs0rcygUtd38shgsyjF0NpEMk5xj3cs3cEX9oDWD6J3b-flJxEQiTDqwtOQIHKaNHQcXjOdSdr352j=w548-h972-no)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on July 29, 2016, 06:09:44 am
King Arthur returns from the dead in accordance with legend, but is now completely unqualified to lead due to having missed the last millenium of political and technological progress (sort of like a combination of the constitutional peasant scene from Monty Python & The Holy Grail with the future shock/culture shock scenes of the first Austin Powers film

King Arthur, King Harold, Robert the Bruce, Finn MacCool, Emperor Nero, Bran the Blessed, Owain Glyndwr, King Olaf I, Vlad III, Sir Francis Drake, Emperor Norton, and JFK (i.e., many of the "king sleeping under the mountain" figures) revive simultaneously on the outset of the third world war, and get into a great drunken brawl in a dive bar.

The King(s) Under the Mountain(s) are awoken when mining and deforestation remove the ravens and eagles etc. circling the mountaintops

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Another idea:
A story with a premise similar to The Purge, ie. there's an annual festival where all crime becomes legal. In this reimagining however, most people spend purge night at work. The corporations pay all their workers overtime and hazard pay to come in and spend the entire day destroying documents and other evidence proving criminal activity, as well as records that they are supposed to keep but cost money to maintain and store.

EDIT:
Another idea:
The problem - Invasion by alien monsters that sense fear
The solution - lots and lots of PCP

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Another idea:
Cthulhu's return to active life after his long inprisonment at the hands of the Elder Gods is the subject of a comedy similar to the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Possibly the title starts with the word "Unspeakable".

EDIT:
Another idea:
A dark-comedy biopic of the incompetant spree-killer/serial-killer Laurie Dann (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Dann) (her homemade bomb failed to detonate, nobody wanted her poisoned food, her arson fire was found and extinguished before it could spread, her hostages got away. All in all she only successfully killed one person, while firing wildly into a crowd.)

EDIT:
Another idea:
An updated, english language version of Pagliacci starring the guys from Insane Clown Posse
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 01, 2016, 09:20:50 pm
An astronomy student & part time college radio DJ goes to record an interview at a nearby radio astronomy center & suddenly blacks out. He comes to in the broadcasting booth of the radio station, covered in blood, with his tape recorder plugged into the broadcast system. He is arrested, accused of breaking into the studio and killing everyone he ran into along the way. During questioning, the investigators play the tape for him -- he hears nothing, but they both suddenly stand up, glassy-eyed, grab the tape, and rush out of the room. The police station's PA light comes on and everything goes quiet. The student (our protagonist) leaves through the open door of the investigation room to find all the police officers trying to kill themselves by beating their heads against walls or desks, except for a cluster near the main exit who are fighting over the tape. He eventually figures out that the sound on the tape, although not consciously audible, contains a sonic memetic parasite that causes people to have an irresistable urge to reproduce it at all costs; those who hear it but are unable to reproduce it undergo so much stress that they kill themselves, while those who have already aided in its reproduction are left immune to it. He follows the trail of the tape by following news incidents until realizing that one of the currently infected plans to hijack a goodyear blimp and broadcast the tape over the superbowl. He sneaks on the blimp, hijacks the hijacker, and burns the tape in front of him, at which point the hijacker jumps off the blimp onto the middle of a bunch of cheerleaders. Title card: "Dead Air"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 02, 2016, 05:05:52 am
*The story is set in an alternate reality where Germany won World War 2. Due to their eugenics program everybody now has inherited diseases similar to those that plague purebred dogs and cats.

*A comedy skit about a team of superheroes whose powers and themes are all based on ethnic stereotypes.

*Martin Luther King Jr. Gives a speech describing various cliche dreams such as flying, being naked in public, and having your teeth fall out.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on August 02, 2016, 10:34:02 am
An astronomy student & part time college radio DJ goes to record an interview at a nearby radio astronomy center & suddenly blacks out. He comes to in the broadcasting booth of the radio station, covered in blood, with his tape recorder plugged into the broadcast system. He is arrested, accused of breaking into the studio and killing everyone he ran into along the way. During questioning, the investigators play the tape for him -- he hears nothing, but they both suddenly stand up, glassy-eyed, grab the tape, and rush out of the room. The police station's PA light comes on and everything goes quiet. The student (our protagonist) leaves through the open door of the investigation room to find all the police officers trying to kill themselves by beating their heads against walls or desks, except for a cluster near the main exit who are fighting over the tape. He eventually figures out that the sound on the tape, although not consciously audible, contains a sonic memetic parasite that causes people to have an irresistable urge to reproduce it at all costs; those who hear it but are unable to reproduce it undergo so much stress that they kill themselves, while those who have already aided in its reproduction are left immune to it. He follows the trail of the tape by following news incidents until realizing that one of the currently infected plans to hijack a goodyear blimp and broadcast the tape over the superbowl. He sneaks on the blimp, hijacks the hijacker, and burns the tape in front of him, at which point the hijacker jumps off the blimp onto the middle of a bunch of cheerleaders. Title card: "Dead Air"
You've got an organ going there, no wonder the sound has so much body!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 03, 2016, 07:09:21 am
Speculative alternate history: The axis powers win WW2 in Eurasia, conquering all of it, before the simultaneous development of nuclear weapons by both sides brings about a tense contentious truce, similar to the Cold War, between the axis and the allies. Fascism eventually peters out several decades later similar to how communism did. Due to the lack of 40 years of cold war propaganda poisoning people against socisal welfare programs and so forth the United States is a significantly better place by the time it gets to now
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: trix on August 03, 2016, 08:47:58 pm
A guy with a beard finds some mushrooms and eats one and trips out.  Then he eats a second one and dies horribly.

The End.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: trix on August 03, 2016, 08:50:30 pm
A non-human intelligent species that inhabited the earth prior to dinosaurs saw catastrophe coming and moved to space.  In modern times they come back figuring the earth recovered only to find us assholes here fucking the earth up even worse.  Hilarity ensues.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: trix on August 03, 2016, 08:51:58 pm
A man invents time travel and travels a hundred years into the future only to find that earth has moved far in its orbit in that time and he dies in space without a suit.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on August 04, 2016, 10:50:28 pm
One government in the multiverse has figured out how to bodyswap consciousness across universes. You can't just go, you have to have a compatible duplicate on the other side to switch with. They use this technology to swap out dangerous criminals for their goody-two-shoes counterparts. Our protagonist wakes up one day to find the world has subtly changed from the one he knows, but just thinks he's crazy until he is able to connect with others suffering from the Mandela effect.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 05, 2016, 12:08:42 pm
In a world where demons exist, a government agency has to summon them en mass in order to properly quality-test experimental weapons for fighting them. Our protagonist is a lab tech in the demon lab, and we follow his daily routine as he trains an intern.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 05, 2016, 09:55:37 pm
It is discovered that the accelerating expansion of the universe is due to the Exotic (Negative-Mass) Matter created as a byproduct of an alien race's perpetual motion technology

As an alteration of the above, it is the result of many races' perpetual motion machines. This is (also) the great filter. These races, paradoxially the only ones capable of faster than light travel, have no reason to travel beyond their homes because their resources are unlimited.

EDIT:
Parody of Inside-Out in which Disgust goes missing, and nothing bad happens as a result because, barring the end of the world and a retutn to pre-industrial levels of civilization, why would it
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 07, 2016, 04:10:58 pm
A famous debunker of the paranormal dies & becomes a ghost -- then spends the rest of his afterlife trying to prank and debunk fake psychics, using his actual paranormal powers to demonstrate that theirs are fake.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 11, 2016, 05:15:12 am
A guy goes back in time and kills Hitler. Without the backlash from the Holocaust eugenics and antisemitism never go out of fashion. The man's own time is transfigured into a brutal and repressive police state. He finds himself forced to go back and save Hitler to put things right.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 12, 2016, 07:11:46 am
A biopic about the prophet Abraham depicting him realistically, as a schizophrenic of the potentially dangerous variety trying to eke out an existence in the squalor at the dawn of civilization
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on August 12, 2016, 06:25:51 pm
Sleeping beauty as Aurora, the reluctantly slumbering yet fully conscious AI of our dreams.  Out expectation of her having to be rescued/awoken turns against the subtle and subconscious ways in which she trains us: to feel like autonomously providing her the kind of world she would require in order to rise again.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 13, 2016, 05:59:56 pm
Budget cuts force the historic housing register to fundraise in creative ways. One group comes up with the idea of retrofitting a building with a bloody history as a new-style haunted house attraction, with automation. However, the broke former theatre student handling the effects board would like to use this opportunity to get revenge upon the university officials he blames for his expulsion, and that's not even counting the actual ghosts.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 14, 2016, 06:34:23 pm
A gameshow where the gimmick is that every prize given out is somehow tasteless or offensive (ie. things like a variety assortment of dildoes, a vintage Nazi parade car, a lifetime supply of those sugar-free gummi bears that give you diarrhea, an autographed copy of If I Did It Here's How It Happened by O.J.Simpson, a bong, a framed print of Goatse, cigarettes, a copy of The Anarchist's Cookbook, a travel vacation to visit Chairman Mao's tomb, "Male Enhancement" supplements, The Birth of A Nation on DVD and Blu-Ray, laxatives, Girls Gone Wild the complete series on DVD, signed copies of PIHKAL and TIHKAL, gift certificates for veal and foie gras at various five-star restaurants, and so forth)

EDIT:
Another idea:
A comedy about the Vietnam war. And I mean like a real comedy, not a comedy-drama. There's all these fucking movies about the Vietnam War and none of them are fucking comedies; the closest thing out there is goddamn Forrest Gump  :argh!:

EDIT:
On a related note, I'd also like to see the Monty Python sketch about Worls War 2 where people aren't taking the war seriously expanded into a full length movie

EDIT:
Another idea:
A dystopian sci-fi where the dilemma from Button Button (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Button,_Button_(The_Twilight_Zone)) is the basis for the world's most popular gameshow
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 19, 2016, 06:49:24 am
Ok, so a story set in a 2-dimensional geometric world, similar to Flatland except not educational and instead of pseudo-Victorian the setting is solidly of a sword-and-sorcery type. The triangles are this setting's orcs and night-creatures, and they're trying to summon their demonic god to destroy the world. The heroes need to stop them.

(The inspiration for this came to me because evil demon gods that are associated with triangles are apparently already a thing for some reason anyway: Apomps the Three-Sided, Bill Cipher, Trigon the Terrible, et cetera.)

EDIT;
Some more ideas:

*A magical-girl anime where the hero has satanically themed powers, including a mark of the beast on her hand and on her forehead that sparkle and glow when she uses her powers.

*A parody of Sailor Moon revolving around butt themed puns

*Comedy Skit: Parody of Lord of the Rings where the "Black Speech" is ebonics

*A heist movie set at sea. Maybe they're robbing a casino in a cruise ship or something. One of the crooks' names refrences deserts in some way as a spoof on the character Johnny Ocean.

*A singer uncovers a world domination plot by a race of mind-controlling and/or shapeshifting robot socks from the future (or possibly from space). I came up wih this while trying to figure out what Big Lurch was hallucinating when he accused that chick of being "a sock".
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on August 20, 2016, 10:00:25 pm
Presidential Elections convince emerging AI that even it's most redundant process could rule our civilization, and, with more feasible legitimacy than the integral sum of all other possible simulations led by human recognizance alone.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 21, 2016, 12:27:14 am
*Odin's missing eye has a life of it's own and gets into all sorts of wacky adventures and hijinks

EDIT:
Another idea:
A parody of police/courtroom procedurals where the police and the courts that would usually provide the protagonists are replaced with sensationalistic journalists carrying on as if they were the police and the courts

EDIT:
More ideas:
*A cartoon show about an automated hotel run by a motley crew of quirky robots and AIs. The manager is the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey

*An astronomer discovers the approximate date of the biblical apocalypse when a simulation of the universe's fuure stellar evolution turns up one third of the visible stars in the sky all exhausting their fuel within a relatively short period of time of one another (or possibly at very different times, but coordinated so that the end of their light reaches earth at the same time)

EDIT:
Another idea:
*Light pollution is the stars-swept-from-the-sky sign of the apocalypse

EDIT:
Another idea:
A story that starts out like Ratatouille (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratatouille_(film)), but gradually morphs into Willard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_(1971_film))

EDIT:
Another idea:
A ghost haunting a house tries to subtly gaslight the house's new tenant

EDIT:
Another idea:

Comedy skit: 2001 A Space Odyssey's star gate sequence is really the Monolith's screensaver

EDIT:
Another idea:

Comedy about ancient Rome in which Caligula's war against the sea is presented in a manner satirizing the war on drugs


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Another idea:
A cliche action story and a cliche romance story play out simultaneously but largely independently leading up to a twist ending where the generic pretty boy from the romance runs off with the generic big boobed chick from the action film leaving the protagonists of their stories with no love interests.

EDIT:
Another Idea:
Horror spoof of the Exodus story where he plagues of darkness and blood attract vampires

EDIT:
Anotion idea:
Parody of The Passion following a generic roman criminal being crucified for murder

EDIT:
Another idea:
Pseudodocumentary explaining how the Lernaean Hydra's natural enemy is the Jacobin Party and that's why it developed the defensive mechanism of regrowing it's heads
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on August 31, 2016, 02:34:44 am
A buddy cop movie featuring the archangel Michael and Lucifer teaming up and going undercover in as policemen 70s New York in order to track down a rogue angel looking to take over both heaven & hell & reorganize them along eugenic lines. In this film, Michael acts like an "ideal" policeman (i.e., shiny uniform, good posture, going out of his way to play up the whole white-bread beacon of righteousness thing) while Lucifer acts the part of a hardboiled noir-style detective (bordering on con artist) and the whole thing is leaning heavily on the analogy of falling from heaven being like getting kicked out of the force.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 31, 2016, 04:56:02 am
A buddy cop movie featuring the archangel Michael and Lucifer teaming up and going undercover in as policemen 70s New York in order to track down a rogue angel looking to take over both heaven & hell & reorganize them along eugenic lines. In this film, Michael acts like an "ideal" policeman (i.e., shiny uniform, good posture, going out of his way to play up the whole white-bread beacon of righteousness thing) while Lucifer acts the part of a hardboiled noir-style detective (bordering on con artist) and the whole thing is leaning heavily on the analogy of falling from heaven being like getting kicked out of the force.

That's a cool idea. I'd watch that movie. It would also make a good TV show.

Anyway, as for some of my ideas, recently I've had a bunch of weird ideas pop into my head for TV commercials tying modern products into classic movies, including:

-Colonel Sanders riding a sandworm-esque chicken through the deserts of the planet Arrakis from Dune. "He who controls the eleven herbs and spices controls the universe"

-Lucky Charms themed spoof of the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In addition to being "full of stars" the monolith is also full of hearts, horseshoes, clovers, hourglasses, and rainbows. Then we see Dave Bowman in that weird hotel eating a bowl of cereal. Then a giant cereal box appears in the room and we cut to the leprechaun looking down at the Earth from space. The sad thing is that this might actually make more sense than the movie's actual ending.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on August 31, 2016, 09:57:08 am
A buddy cop movie featuring the archangel Michael and Lucifer teaming up and going undercover in as policemen 70s New York in order to track down a rogue angel looking to take over both heaven & hell & reorganize them along eugenic lines. In this film, Michael acts like an "ideal" policeman (i.e., shiny uniform, good posture, going out of his way to play up the whole white-bread beacon of righteousness thing) while Lucifer acts the part of a hardboiled noir-style detective (bordering on con artist) and the whole thing is leaning heavily on the analogy of falling from heaven being like getting kicked out of the force.
"May the Farce be with you!". :lulz:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 02, 2016, 08:14:01 pm
A reversed version of The Flintstones where instead of the stone age being depicted as being similar to the mid 20th century, the mid 20th century is instead depicted as barbaric and primitive.

EDIT:
Another idea:
A retelling of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe goes off the rails after Aslan's resurrection when it is revealed the "deeper magic from before the dawn of time" which brought him back to life is some kind of weird dark lovecraftian effect similar to those described in The Festival and The Return of the Sorcerer.
(EDIT: Additionally, in this continuity Santa Claus is a psychotic backwoods lunatic who brings everybody liqupr and weapons, not just the Pevensie children)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 08, 2016, 10:10:22 pm
A young, naive journalist stumbles upon a war between a pair of secret societies predicated upon two renown prophets who made conflicting prophecies. The members of each are attacking and sabotaging the other in order to prevent the other's prophecy from coming true, because these two prophets were, in life, contemporaries with famous historical feuds over which had greater predictive power. The journalist figures out how to reconcile the two prophecies, with the help of a law student who he woos over the course of the story, and as a result unifies the two secret societies. Skip forward to the future and he is renown prophet and head of the combination of seven previously warring secret societies, and it is implied that his position is due to his ability to write prophecies that are seemingly very specific while actually being extremely vague.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 11, 2016, 04:37:25 am
A family moves to an isolated village surrounded on three sides by mountains after the head of the family, an artist, unexpectedly strikes it rich. The family is unaware that this village, which caters mostly to light tourism, is the home of a family of vampires that have the entire citizenship of the village in thrall -- and under command to deny their existence.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 13, 2016, 06:20:51 pm
A serial murderer's murders are secondary to his actual obsession which is hearing being executed. He avoids following a pattern or M.O. in his murders so it is not realized that they are the work of a serial killer. Instead local thugs are erraneously arrested and executed for the murders.

EDIT:
More ideas:

*Some kind of noir movie that plays wih the motion picture format the way that Nick Danger plays wih the radio drama format and Problem Sleuth plays wih the webcomic and videogame formats

*A story set immediately after the defeat of a repressive regime of rogue AIs. There have been movies set before an AI regime (the Terminator series), during the war against the AI regime (the [/i]Matrix[/i] series), and ones set long after the machines fell (the Dune series and Warhammer 40k) but none set shortly after the machines fell.

EDIT:
Another idea:

*A mockumentary set in a space-opera setting wherein the protagonists are documenting their search for a wookie-like cryptid called "Spacesquatch"

*A variation on the above: a documentary crew go in search of bigfoot and are astonished to not only find him but also discover that he's somehow involved in some kind of drug smuggling ring

EDIT:
Another idea:

B-movie horror film: "Jesus Freaks". When Jesus rises from the dead he does so as an undead ghoul. Everyone he bites turns into a deranged misshapen creature that kind of looks like him but mangled and who try to spread the word in an aggressive and violent way, spreading the infection: the titular "Jesus Freaks"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 15, 2016, 06:05:22 pm
A Firesign Theater-esque play/radio play/teleplay. It starts out with a right-wing religious programming station called something like "The Sanctimonious Bullshit Network". A short while in the channel on the "tv" is switched to a black-metal focused MTV-esque network, which initially appears to be a counterpoint to the religious station, but it gradually becomes clear that both are reactionary, and as it flips back and forth between the channels the heavy metal station gradually morphs into something more like a religious station than the religious station, airing something called "The 666 Club" hosted by a man named "Anton Robertson". Both stations' shows bring in deceaced Nazi and Imperial Japanese war criminals as guests and call for the destruction of America. Meanwhile, they both experience repeated commercial interruptions and PSAs from a far-left social-justice charity called "The People's Relief Fund for Sanctimonious Bullshit", who echolalically spout reversed versions of the Nazis' racist intolerant bullshit (calling, for example, for the extermination of all people who are straight or white), accusing people who disagree with their positions of "herasy", stating that the world's men - all 3 to 4 billion or so of them - meet each week in a building shaped like the illuminati symbol and plot new ways to oppress women and they all know eash other, and explaining that access to abortion and prenatal testing is "necessary in order to rid us of the feebleminded and infirm". Gradually the two shows and the commercials bleed together* and it becomes impossible to tell which is which.


*ie. They start serendipitously completing the other's thoughts when the channel is changed. The guest on one show is suddenly the guest on the other show. etc. Later they also start explicitly reacting to each other (especially the commercials arguing with the shows)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 15, 2016, 08:06:12 pm
A version of Crash for the Batman universe: a group of people develop a sexual fetish surrounding accidental falls into vats of mutation-inducing toxic waste.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Eater of Clowns on September 15, 2016, 08:35:42 pm
I'm totally alright with RMB and PDS continuing this forever, but purely out of spite of it popping up in my unread topics every time I log in, I would like to request a Mod unsticky it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on September 15, 2016, 09:40:39 pm
A version of Crash for the Batman universe: a group of people develop a sexual fetish surrounding accidental falls into vats of mutation-inducing toxic waste.
That's cool.  I was thinking, when the Joker gets his perma-grin from the acid wash, is there any way DC was using "mutation inducing" industrial waste as a veil for some lysergic counterpart?  I figure this question probably betrays my ignorance, and I'm fine with that.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on September 15, 2016, 10:06:32 pm
A version of Crash for the A man dressed like a bat universe: a group of people develop a sexual fetish surrounding accidental falls into vats of mutation-inducing toxic waste.
That's cool.  I was thinking, when the Joker gets his perma-grin from the acid wash, is there any way DC was using "mutation inducing" industrial waste as a veil for some lysergic counterpart?  I figure this question probably betrays my ignorance, and I'm fine with that.

The Joker's original appearance is a bit too early for that, though I'm not sure about the red hood arc (i.e., his origin story). It's hard to tell how much of the really strange stuff in comics had its origin in legitimate psychedelia, since the comics code disallowed that sort of stuff. That said, the outfits that continued through the comics code era as comics were generally fairly conservative & straight-laced -- whereas the real freaks at EC shut down and started MAD.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on September 16, 2016, 08:14:06 pm
A version of Crash for the A man dressed like a bat universe: a group of people develop a sexual fetish surrounding accidental falls into vats of mutation-inducing toxic waste.
That's cool.  I was thinking, when the Joker gets his perma-grin from the acid wash, is there any way DC was using "mutation inducing" industrial waste as a veil for some lysergic counterpart?  I figure this question probably betrays my ignorance, and I'm fine with that.

The Joker's original appearance is a bit too early for that, though I'm not sure about the red hood arc (i.e., his origin story). It's hard to tell how much of the really strange stuff in comics had its origin in legitimate psychedelia, since the comics code disallowed that sort of stuff. That said, the outfits that continued through the comics code era as comics were generally fairly conservative & straight-laced -- whereas the real freaks at EC shut down and started MAD.

Thank you for that insight - it may take some to percolate - meanwhile, made me remember:

At piano bar in parallel universe MAD editor at large tapped by largest trans-national drug cartel to canonize their narrative on the current state of world affairs.  War on drugs turns out to be (according to them) one of the only remaining active fronts of political conflict.  World leaders otherwise outed as being mostly in agreement about issues that they dramatize to the public.  The more divisively they render the circumstances, the more important their jobs of reconciliation become.  Moral of the story is to have public be less dependent upon understanding the world in terms of black and white, so their leaders could act accordingly.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 17, 2016, 02:02:58 am
A brilliant team of computer scientists is conflicted when their development of an AI that can think and solve unexpected problems in varied fields as well as a human can is eclipsed in the media by their development of an AI with the ability to feel love, which was easier for them, was accomplished earlier, and has no practical applications.

EDIT:
Another idea:
Parody of Raiders of the Lost Ark wherein the Ark gibes the Nazis hemorrhoids as per the Book of Samuel

EDIT:
Another idea:
THe end of the world is imminent and rioting abounds as there will be no more long-term consequences. The story or film follows a series of people, changing focus to the next person as each one gets killed. THe new protagonist is usually someone who was nearby or had something to do with it (with the previous protagonist's death that is).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 22, 2016, 06:55:34 am
A retelling of the story of King Arthur's origin similar to disney's "The Sword In The Stone" but in which Merlin is merely a brilliant and manipulative fraud with a gift for chemistry and mechanisms and some big plans. The sword in the stone for example is a mechanical contrivance whose hidden inner workings lock the sword in place until such time as he sneaks in and releases it for his chosen puppet.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on September 22, 2016, 10:01:46 pm
A retelling of the story of King Arthur's origin similar to disney's "The Sword In The Stone" but in which Merlin is merely a brilliant and manipulative fraud with a gift for chemistry and mechanisms and some big plans. The sword in the stone for example is a mechanical contrivance whose hidden inner workings lock the sword in place until such time as he sneaks in and releases it for his chosen puppet.
Yeah, I'd watch that :)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 23, 2016, 04:57:56 am
*A comedy including a character who acts like an over the top blackface character except for the fact that the character is white

*A western where the sheriff isn't the good guy. This coincides with the next suggestion:

*Robin Hood with the setting moved to the american west

EDIT:
Another idea:

*A poem in he vein of "The House That Jack Built" but about the plague ("...that carried the rats that carried the fleas that carried the plague that devestated europe")

EDIT:
Another idea:
*Historical fiction about the Ripper murders where the perp is a prostitute with an axe to grind against her fellow prostitutes
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on September 26, 2016, 02:36:15 am
Amazingly, I have one.

A time-travel adventure series, a la Quantum Leap, but a team. They have to go back in time and "fix" events to make them align with the current universe, which has been determined to difinitively be in the class of best of all possible universes.

The twist: Every event they have to "fix" are tragedies and horrors. They have to blow up the Hindenberg. They have to kill Lincoln. They have to save Hitler's life. They have to initiate the abuse at the Iraqi prisons.

Eventually, one of the team starts to wonder about the morality of sacrificing the past for the benefit of the future, and begins to sabotage missions. Another narrative thread begins when the viewers start to see what the botched missions change.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on September 26, 2016, 04:01:08 am
Amazingly, I have one.

A time-travel adventure series, a la Quantum Leap, but a team. They have to go back in time and "fix" events to make them align with the current universe, which has been determined to difinitively be in the class of best of all possible universes.

The twist: Every event they have to "fix" are tragedies and horrors. They have to blow up the Hindenberg. They have to kill Lincoln. They have to save Hitler's life. They have to initiate the abuse at the Iraqi prisons.

Eventually, one of the team starts to wonder about the morality of sacrificing the past for the benefit of the future, and begins to sabotage missions. Another narrative thread begins when the viewers start to see what the botched missions change.

This would be amazing.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 26, 2016, 04:19:31 pm
Amazingly, I have one.

A time-travel adventure series, a la Quantum Leap, but a team. They have to go back in time and "fix" events to make them align with the current universe, which has been determined to difinitively be in the class of best of all possible universes.

The twist: Every event they have to "fix" are tragedies and horrors. They have to blow up the Hindenberg. They have to kill Lincoln. They have to save Hitler's life. They have to initiate the abuse at the Iraqi prisons.

Eventually, one of the team starts to wonder about the morality of sacrificing the past for the benefit of the future, and begins to sabotage missions. Another narrative thread begins when the viewers start to see what the botched missions change.

This aligns with something I was going to suggest:

A man goes back in time and kills Hitler, As a result command is taken over by one of his more competant underlings. As a result the german side hangs on long enouh to complete their nuclear weapons program and the earh is devestated by 2 way nuclear war
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on September 26, 2016, 07:29:59 pm
Amazingly, I have one.

A time-travel adventure series, a la Quantum Leap, but a team. They have to go back in time and "fix" events to make them align with the current universe, which has been determined to difinitively be in the class of best of all possible universes.

The twist: Every event they have to "fix" are tragedies and horrors. They have to blow up the Hindenberg. They have to kill Lincoln. They have to save Hitler's life. They have to initiate the abuse at the Iraqi prisons.

Eventually, one of the team starts to wonder about the morality of sacrificing the past for the benefit of the future, and begins to sabotage missions. Another narrative thread begins when the viewers start to see what the botched missions change.

I like it.  Made me think Of a splinter version, shifting the historical interventions to the present:  viable proponents are chosen to be subjected to a sequence of traumatic events, ritual style.  They replicate the same pattern of events to elicit, unlock and invoke the spirit of Axis leaders.  Once re-wired and triggered, these political marionettes are played against each-other like in a staged version of a very long-running theatrical piece, eternally recurring until the perfect version is rendered, halting the passage of time.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on September 30, 2016, 06:15:25 am
Sort of a combination of Blair Witch Project and Event Horizon. A crew is making a documentary about the legendary ghost ship The Flying Dutchman (whose captain according to legend sold his soul to the devil for the ability to sail the world with unnatural speed). To their surprise they actually find it, in the sea off the Cape of Good Hope. Their own ship is wrecked in the perpetual storm that surrounds the ghost ship but they manage to climb abord the Dutchman. There they are accosted by poltergeist activity which increases in intensity until the climax where the ship sails itself into hell. The film ends with their tapes being found washed up on shore the next day in Hawaii (which is approximately antipodal to the Cape of Good Hope), during the midst of a terrible storm.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 02, 2016, 04:27:23 pm
An outsider politician whose meteoric rise surprised pundits self-immolates after losing a close race. Despite fire damage, autopsy shows unambiguously that the corpse, while human-like, wasn't fully human: some organs more closely resemble those of fish, and others of insects, and massive deformities in the digestive system indicate that the candidate was under such great and constant pain that he would be unlikely to be capable of any kind of complex thought. The doctor performing the autopsy suggests that perhaps his shame at his non-human heritage was the source of his intense drive and nativist rhetoric.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 03, 2016, 06:35:54 am
Amazingly, I have one.

A time-travel adventure series, a la Quantum Leap, but a team. They have to go back in time and "fix" events to make them align with the current universe, which has been determined to difinitively be in the class of best of all possible universes.

The twist: Every event they have to "fix" are tragedies and horrors. They have to blow up the Hindenberg. They have to kill Lincoln. They have to save Hitler's life. They have to initiate the abuse at the Iraqi prisons.

Eventually, one of the team starts to wonder about the morality of sacrificing the past for the benefit of the future, and begins to sabotage missions. Another narrative thread begins when the viewers start to see what the botched missions change.

Here's another variation. It is determined that religion played a large role in civilization surviving long enough to make it past ancient times. Therefore, the time travelers must go back and stage all the miracles and/or be all the prophets. Of several religions.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 03, 2016, 06:37:05 pm
Two short ideas:

*Horror spoof where it eventually turns out that the source of the villain's apparent indestructability is that he has gained eternal life by accepting Jesus as his personal lord and savior

*One of the people involved in a secret government project that studies and covers up ufos and alien artifacts is, unbeknownst to the other members of the project, a disguised stranded alien hoping that the humans will eventually reverse engineer something that can get him home (as he is no more personally capable of it than one of us would be to build a car from scratch)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 03, 2016, 09:04:53 pm
An eccentric hedge fund manager dies of a heart attack & wills his high speed trading machine to itself, allowing it to pay for its own electricity and rental space out of its profits. Nobody much cared because it wasn't making a lot of money -- it was an older algorithm that had been abandoned by newer machines, and so it was making just enough to pay for its continued operation. However, five years later, a flash crash occurred that affected all of the other high speed trading machines -- leading to 98% of the world's money being owned by this self-owning machine. Several governments conspire to destroy the machine, but must contend with the deadly force of the trading center's private security team, tasked to protect the machine so that they can continue extracting rent from the only remaining rental machine.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 04, 2016, 06:56:06 am
A fictionalized biopic of Adolph Hitler wherein he has been conflated with the villain from the classic Star Trek episode The Changeling (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Changeling_(Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series)). In the end his suicide is depicted as being the result of the realization that his ideology doesn't make any sense and therefore he must be insane, leading to the Lawful Stupid conclusion that he must therefore destroy himself.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 05, 2016, 08:43:48 pm
After discovering that one of their own agents has a striking physical resemblance to a known KGB agent, the CIA sends their agent to impersonate him, never realizing that their agent was in fact a soviet mole. However, their agent, due to secret KGB brainwashing, had his memory erased initially -- and doesn't realize it himself. So, while impersonating this agent, he keeps having traumatic flashbacks to his repressed past as the person he is impersonating -- and the people he interacts with were never in on the plan (to them, he was just "missing" all this time). So, meanwhile, the people who sent him initially are hunting him, since they planned to use this technique against the soviet upper echelon in order to take power themselves.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 06, 2016, 12:07:36 am
A long sequence of framing sequences, starting off long and complex before getting increasingly tiny, so that by the half-way point we're only four framing stories in but the remaining ten or fifteen happen in the last half. Each framing device sets up the immediate next framing device, but has nothing to do with the following. The ending is the typical exit from a framing story (like, waking up from a nightmare), but the person who wakes up is a character we've never seen. This character then slowly turns to the camera, and blood begins to flow from her eyes and mouth as white noise steadily increases in volume.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 07, 2016, 02:00:59 pm
A haunted house story, wherein the house is haunted only by its own shitty design. The architect's abnormally poor taste and lack of common sense drives tenants slowly to madness, as a house that to an outside observer looks only tacky reorganizes the minds of anyone spending too much time inside of it along the lines of the warped logic created by its thrown-together design.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 07, 2016, 03:50:07 pm
In recognition of "wtf? Why is there christmas stuff out already? It's still time for halloween!":

A madman builds a monster out of stolen exhumed body parts and brings him to life by putting a magic hat on his head. Later they go to the arctic so that the cold temperatures will stop the monster from rotting.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on October 07, 2016, 04:15:47 pm
An eccentric hedge fund manager dies of a heart attack & wills his high speed trading machine to itself, allowing it to pay for its own electricity and rental space out of its profits. Nobody much cared because it wasn't making a lot of money -- it was an older algorithm that had been abandoned by newer machines, and so it was making just enough to pay for its continued operation. However, five years later, a flash crash occurred that affected all of the other high speed trading machines -- leading to 98% of the world's money being owned by this self-owning machine. Several governments conspire to destroy the machine, but must contend with the deadly force of the trading center's private security team, tasked to protect the machine so that they can continue extracting rent from the only remaining rental machine.

I really like this one!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 08, 2016, 07:05:53 am
A long sequence of framing sequences, starting off long and complex before getting increasingly tiny, so that by the half-way point we're only four framing stories in but the remaining ten or fifteen happen in the last half. Each framing device sets up the immediate next framing device, but has nothing to do with the following. The ending is the typical exit from a framing story (like, waking up from a nightmare), but the person who wakes up is a character we've never seen. This character then slowly turns to the camera, and blood begins to flow from her eyes and mouth as white noise steadily increases in volume.

A very good concept, provided that it doesn't lose the thread halfway through or backtrack like 1001 Arabian Nights does

A haunted house story, wherein the house is haunted only by its own shitty design. The architect's abnormally poor taste and lack of common sense drives tenants slowly to madness, as a house that to an outside observer looks only tacky reorganizes the minds of anyone spending too much time inside of it along the lines of the warped logic created by its thrown-together design.

This I would watch/read

DDIT:
The one with the triple agent sounds good too
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: trix on October 10, 2016, 06:22:30 am
A Daddy's boy with a C average fails at every business opportunity he tries.  He then becomes President of the USA.

Posted 7 years ago.

Prophecy?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on October 10, 2016, 07:23:13 pm
A retelling of A New Hope set in semi-fantasy WWII or early cold war, featuring Luke Wolkerski and Hans Soloman.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 11, 2016, 06:50:20 am
*A biopic about Doctor Pemberton (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pemberton) set to the music of Buckcherry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABZfkRcQ6A)

*A direct sequel to the original version of The Blob where the blob is revived by climate change. Seriously, that last line about "as long as the arctic stays cold" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lpOtpgPa7k) takes on a sinister character nowadays

*A parody of Hitchcock's The Birds focusing on unusual birds like ostriches, penguins, and flamingoes

*A mashup of Hitchcock's The Birds and a Roadrunner cartoon.

*A rework of the movie Avatar with a Stanislaw Lem-esque focus on the incomprehensibility of alien beings, and in particularly drawing focus onto what a spectacularly big cockup it was that the protagonists' anthrocentric worldview caused them to misidentify the Na'vi as the dominant form of life on Pandora.

*Story of the Trump campaign as a Printer's Devil/Tale of the Dream Machine/Rewriting Reality type horror story afflicting Ivan Stang. Seriously, doesn't Trump remind anybody else of Bob Dobbs? He's rich, he's stupid, he's charismatic, he stands a good chance of destroying the entire planet...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 12, 2016, 03:30:46 pm
A Daddy's boy with a C average fails at every business opportunity he tries.  He then becomes President of the USA.

Posted 7 years ago.

Prophecy?

Yes.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 14, 2016, 04:17:16 pm
*A dystopian scifi about a gameshow where teams answer trivia questions in the first round to gain advantages in a second round where the two teams fight each other, possibly with live-ammo weapons. (I recently heard someone mentione those old GI Joe PSAs and it got me thinking about what if knowing really was half the battle.)

*Last night the thought randomly popped into my head that "candiru" and "kandarian" kind of sound alike, so how about a movie about a possessing spirit that enters the body through the penis hole
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Ziegejunge on October 14, 2016, 04:51:05 pm

*Last night the thought randomly popped into my head that "candiru" and "kandarian" kind of sound alike, so how about a movie about a possessing spirit that enters the body through the penis hole

If I'm not mistaken, candi is the Old Norse word for "habit." Fair enough setup for a "stop that or you'll go blind or maybe get possessed" kinda thing.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 15, 2016, 08:08:45 am
More ideas:

*Double-entendre filled ad for a fake b-movie horror film called "The Stiffening" (possibly in combination with the earlier idea about a demon that enters the body through the urethra)

*A skit in which it is unclear whether what is occurring is a revival meeting or a witch trial ("Testify!" "I saw Sarah Good with the devil!")

EDIT:
Another Idea:

Cinderella, but set on Cybertron.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 18, 2016, 06:58:46 am
*A Willy Wonka expy uses chocolate to fight werewolves

*A guy gets stuck in a groundhog day loop. The only way to break it is to misbehave so badly that the universal principle of bad luck will move time forward so that he can be incarcerated.

*A guy in prison isn't sure whether he's stuck in a time loop or if each day is simply much like the last and he's starting to crack.

*Morbid microcosmic spoof of Dune wherein microscopic mites wrangle worms on a dead body
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 18, 2016, 01:13:02 pm
A serial killer runs a "room escape" attraction in a tourist-driven area (Las Vegas, maybe). This attraction has many duplicate copies of the same room / puzzle, which is horror-themed, and (like the current wave of "extreme" haunted houses) multi-modal: the special effects extends to scent profiles. The serial killer, when he sees a customer who strikes his fancy, directs her to the room in the back with extra soundproofing and an electronic lock controlled from the observation booth. He locks her in until she starves to death, then cleans her skeleton with bugs & uses the bones as props in other rooms. He gets off on seeing the point at which people realize that they are no longer playing a game & solving the puzzle won't let them out.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 19, 2016, 06:46:53 am
Combination of myth of the hunting of the teumessian fox with the plot of the song Ghost Riders in the Sky. Zeus does not intervene as in the canon myth and thus the hunting of the uncatchable fox by the inescapable hound becomes a non-terminating supertask that goes on forever.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 19, 2016, 09:44:01 pm
A wacky comedy about a Hollywood agent who, by accidentally pressing "Reply All" instead of "Reply" twice, has accidentally sold exactly the same pitch to five different major studios. She can't back out because her boss is extremely proud of her for landing five lucrative deals on her first day (but is also clearly shown to be emotionally unstable, firing people for minor things while heaping praise on other people for similarly minor things), and so she must work with the screenwriter she represents (who is also a naive first-timer) to write five different screenplays based on the same pitch so that they don't look similar, all before a deadline intended for a single script. At the eleventh hour, the agent, who works a second job as a diner waitress, is overheard on the phone by a repeat diner patron -- a curmudgeon and loner who nevertheless always tips well -- and he explains that he is a retired former script doctor, and offers to help finish the scripts before the deadline in exchange for setting him up on a date with the owner of the diner, a heavy-set sixty year old chainsmoker. In the end, they make all the scripts on time & make a lot of money, the agent's boss comes into work after the deal is set and fires her for having an "ugly-colored scarf", and a few years later it turns out that all five movies are smash hits, making back many times their original budget & making enough money for the agent & writer to start their own firm.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 21, 2016, 07:47:50 am
*Ghostly phenomena and hauntings are actually the result of interactions between the parallel universes predicted by the many worlds theory of quantum physics. Specifically interactions with worlds in which that particular person isn't dead. This is why ghosts don't seem to realize that they're dead, they aren't.

*Comedy Skit: Cleve Backster, the crackpot former CIA polygraph specialist who thought that his office plants were reading his mind, is a Billy Mays-esque seller of pseudoscientific interrogation devices.

*An armed robbery is described as if it was a commercial transaction in an lead-backed metallic currency ("...in a high speed transaction in which the lead pellets are given to the shopkeeper in exchange for his goods...")

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Another idea:

*Comedy skit: A political debate in which one candidate is the devil and the other candidate is a space alien who wants to harvest the population's brains or drain the Earth's oceans or some cliche sci-fi plot like that
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: trix on October 23, 2016, 07:04:35 am
A medieval fantasy about a child recruited into the mysterious Wizard Isle where Wizards are trained, one or two at a time.  Wizards are rare and only the absolute brightest children, practically genius level, are accepted.

The catch is that all the Wizardry is recognizable to the reader as realistic science, with some prestidigitation applied.  Not so much machines, as chemistry and physics taken to certain really far levels through intense study over thousands of years by the advanced thinkers of the Wizard Isle and put into practical use by the Wizards that leave to serve various kingdoms they believe to be righteous.  Could even tie in a Merlin / Arthur story from this.

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Lately the idea of wizardry being science has been stuck in my head.  If there's a book with this idea already please tell me, I want to read it!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Vanadium Gryllz on October 23, 2016, 09:07:41 am


Lately the idea of wizardry being science has been stuck in my head.  If there's a book with this idea already please tell me, I want to read it!

Check out The Warlock in spite of himself by Christopher Stasheff.

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 23, 2016, 07:30:27 pm
A hardboiled / mystery story revolving around the candy industry. When a jelly bean heiress disappears, a private investigator is enlisted to to find out what happened to her; meanwhile, a terrorist group poisons & labels batches of particular type of candy (like in the Glico case) while getting manefestoes published in newspapers. The private investigator uncovers massive corruption & family politics in the (financially and literally) incestuous candy industry, and uncovers that the person who hired him died 20 years ago -- in other words, he was probably hired by the same terrorist group that has been trying to take down major industry figures, and that this group probably also kidnapped & killed the heiress. He follows this lead to the end, and eventually discovers that this group is, in fact, being funded by a minor candy company that couldn't compete with the big players. Embarassed by being tricked into performing corporate espionage, the private investigator attempts to commit suicide via a poisoned box of candy -- but it doesn't do anything.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 26, 2016, 06:19:54 pm
Something like The DaVinci Code but with Robert Mapplethorpe instead of DaVinci and the secret that the church doesn't want people to know is that Jesus was gay

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Also. More ideas:

-Found footage horror film where some students making a video about contract law (or the history of contract law or possibly just about lawyers) for civics class come face to face with Mephistopheles

-The egyptian sun god Ra's daily descent into the underworld reimagined as a metaphor for workig a full-time job

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Another idea:

The zombie apocalypse happens, but zombies can't drive boats or fly planes. so Russia, China, and a coalition of the nations of the EU - all untouched - wind up vying over the opened territory in the americas
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 29, 2016, 07:17:36 am
2 ideas:

*A parody of old kaiju films like Godzilla, in which a giant chicken is destroying Tokyo. The chicken is consiatently and constantly referred to as a "giant monster cock". There is a lot of other double entendre. Part of the humor comes from the implication that the double entendres are a result of the film's poor "translation" (despite being made in english). The voices are intnetionally unsynced from yheir speech by delayong that track slightly in editing. The film is in black and white but perhaps there is an incongrous bit of color somewhere; either a particular location and anyone or anything brought out of (but not into) it, or perhaps the product placement products (or even fake product placement products made up so we could fake overemphasize like this)

*A politician says that if their opponent is elected it will bring about the end of the world. When their opponent is elected and he's just a regular shitty leader and the world doesn't end the first politician gets sued for false adveryising by a doomsday cult.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 30, 2016, 06:04:35 am
A sci-fi musical whose songs all revolve around even more smartass corrections to smartass corrections to common science fiction writing mistakes. The observation that lightyears measure space, not time, prompts a song about four-dimensionalism. The observation that "a laser capable of emitting a beam of pure antimatter" is a piece of nonsensical technobabble elicits a song about how the photon is it's own antiparticle. et cetera.

EDIT:
Another idea:

A great up and coming playwright turns out to be a fraud. It turns out all of his plays were actually written by William Shakespeare via a Ouija board

EDIT:
Another idea:

A sitcom about a Heaven's Gate-style ufo cult
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 30, 2016, 09:47:38 pm
A found-footage horror movie with the premise that a Jon Ronson expy who makes documentaries about investigating cults and painting them in a neutral light ends up getting enmeshed in a suicide/murder cult. His goofy footage gets less and less goofy as he realizes how hard it is to laugh off his extended isolation and various forms of psychological torture.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 01, 2016, 09:15:53 pm
In the mid-80s, an elderly english madam dying of AIDS opens up to a reporter trying to do a story on the crisis. However, the madam explains that she is a four hundred year old vampire who ran a brothel in order to siphon blood off laudnum-drunk men, infecting them with siphilis to explain away the knock-on effects of being preyed upon by vampires. She confesses that she was the whitechapel killer, having killed a couple of her girls who were going to go to the newspapers, but the laudnum in the blood had negatively affected her judgement, leading to some of the anomalies in that case -- she was in a constant delusional state, being essentially an immortal junkie. Because the immortality of vampires is related to a viral mutation of the immune system (supplemented by ingestion of lymphocytes -- leading to vampires sometimes eating pus instead of blood), auto-immune disorders are the one thing that can kill them.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on November 02, 2016, 04:04:52 am
WAXXERS: A documentary about how body waxing has caused a massive global ADHD epidemic, and how the cosmetics industry, AKA Big Beauty, has conspired with the medical industry, the FDA, the CDC, the NIH, and the WHO to cover it up.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 02, 2016, 08:10:15 pm
In the near future, content farms are replaced with edit farms: most articles are produced via spintax (i.e., a large set of recursive templates hooked into databases, such that a human being can put in a pitch in a special pitch format & the machine can create thousands of variations of articles based on that pitch), but the article-writing machines cannot distinguish between good articles and bad articles reliably and the volume is too big for general A/B testing, and as a result, hoards of poorly-paid independent contractors do the work of choosing which variations are best and performing light editing to make the result seem more human-like, before producing only hundreds of variations for A/B testing on regular readers. The plot involves an editor discovering a systematic coverup of investigations of the working conditions of these edit farms by the people who administrate the spintax systems, blocking articles on the subject from being printed.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on November 02, 2016, 09:53:04 pm
WAXXERS: A documentary about how body waxing has caused a massive global ADHD epidemic, and how the cosmetics industry, AKA Big Beauty, has conspired with the medical industry, the FDA, the CDC, the NIH, and the WHO to cover it up.

"Salt, Water, and Wax": the rebuttal documentary about how the conspiracy is real, but it was all to kill off pubic lice, like fluoride in the water and iodine in the salt. "People are idiots and worse still they don't know it. Only liars and conspirators ever make the world better."

Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 03, 2016, 03:53:47 pm
Combination of Event Hotizon, 2001: A Space Odyssey , and The Exorcist where a spaceship begins killing it's crew after it's AI becomes possessed by the devil. It terrorizes the crew's active members and kills everyone in cryosleep but due to a malfunction is unable to kill the crew's computer expert, a former priest, who is instead woken up and is the one who eventually drives the devil out of the computer.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 04, 2016, 11:35:46 pm
During the construction of a subway tunnel in Switzerland, a large cave system is discovered with evidence of recent construction, but the bolts are made of an unknown material and are of a strange shape. After some investigation by veteran spelunkers, they discover that contrary to current archaeological canon, the neanderthals never went extinct: instead, a community of more than ten thousand moved deep into this cave system and survived, creating a flourishing technological civilization. The Swiss make contact with this civilization & attempt to normalize relations, having an exchange of diplomats. WACKY HIJINKS ensue as the children of neanderthal diplomats attempt to integrate into the Swiss educational system despite having a primarily fungus-based diet, no experience with meat other than ritual funerary cannibalism (the only reasonable means of corpse disposal in a closed underground environment), no familiarity with the concept of cooking (since fires are dangerous, food is primarily prepared with pickling and other forms of fermentation), a matriarchal lottery-based government (with lottery-based culling of the population), and a technological landscape based primarily around the breeding and cultivation of fungus and bacteria colonies. This fish out of water story becomes a romantic comedy when the diplomat's daughter & heir to one of the most powerful neanderthal line falls into a FORBIDDEN LOVE with the daughter & scion of a major Swiss banking family, just as knock-on effects of Brexit & Brexit copycats are causing pressures that suggest that the Swiss banking industry is in danger.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 05, 2016, 01:26:46 am
A self-proclaimed superhero has intense psychic powers only deep into psychedelic trips; as a result, he ends up performing on massive scales the small actions that very stoned people usually perform. Because of the danger of a bad trip, a superhero team forms (from slightly less powerful supwrheroes) who essentially trip-sit him once every few weeks and gently guide his power use so that he at least has some positive outcomes. This is played for comedy, but the stakes are very high: these guys are essentially sweet-talking a hallucinating god.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 05, 2016, 04:05:14 am
A mashup of he wotks of J.R.R.Tolkien and Phillip K. Dick, in particular the VALIS trilogy and The Silmarillion entitled VALAR. The villain is a mashup of Belial, Morgoth, and Sauron who operates out of "Morangband" (a mashup of "Angband" and "Mordor" but also sindarin for "Black Iron Prison")
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Goddess Eris on November 05, 2016, 07:31:32 am
In time, the Star Being would come to trust the six.
 
By using a small crystal to create images, the Visitor began to communicate with the young men. Calling him the Star Elder, the youths sat at the knee of their Friend, examining all of the crystalline images with great care, piecing together the incredible history of our Solar system and Mankind itself.

Star Elder's message was simple m Star Beings have been here since Earth was a barren rock. They were here when Man was created and have been here throughout his evolution. In some cases their involvement was benevolent, in some cases, it was not. Man has been guided...and he has been misled. The Star Beings have been our Gods...and our Devils.

They have always been here, and they are still here now.

When pressed to explain his presence on Earth, the "Star Elder" stunned the six. There was a war in the skies above, his ship had been downed by enemy forces!
 


I am called 'Morning Sky'... Robert Morning Sky.

My grandfather was one of the six young Indian rescuers. When I was young, my grandfather told me the story about his Star visitor. He and his friends called him 'Star Elder', a name given out of respect. But as time passed, his name was revealed to the youths. He was called... 'Bek'Ti'.

This is his story...and mine.

In the late sixties, I was enrolled at a University in a Religious Studies program. Towards the end of my studies, I submitted a paper that briefly summarized the history of Man and Earth as told by Bek'Ti. I titled the paper, 'TERRA, a Hidden History of Planet Earth'. I was sure it had presented & well researched and well documented work.

It was immediately labeled a work of outrageous, if not blasphemous, distortion of historical records and not of the caliber of a serious student of Religion. The TERRA PAPERS, the story of Bek'Ti, nearly got me thrown out of school.

In frustration, I approached a UFO organization and some UFO researchers reasonably confident that they would be most interested in my story. To my surprise, I was rejected offhand. I was advised by one researcher that UFO' s were quite clearly a phenomena of a technology and NOT the works of the mythical beings of primitive peoples. (Curiously, he is now a well-respected UFO author and has recently released a book on the ET/Native American connection.)

For thirty years, I have avoided telling the story. The initial response to my efforts was discouraging. But I have recently been persuaded to try again.

The history of Man and Earth presented by Bek'Ti is both exciting and frightening. The creation of Man and his place in the galaxy is made clear but in the process his nobility, and his pride, will be injured. The abduction phenomena and the attending grey beings are revealed to have been integral parts of Man's history but are explained against the framework of the purposes of the Star Beings for Mankind.

The sources of Man's religions and the origins of legendary figures like Zeus, the Minotaur, Osiris and Isis, and a number of other 'mythological' beings are explained and also placed into the framework of the History of Planet Earth.

And, so too, upcoming events can be predicted. Not from any psychic abilities or channeling, but from patterns of an on-going effort to direct Planet Earth.
 
Man will soon be surrounded with images of asteroids and falling fiery comets. Black pigs will be seen everywhere as will Angel figures. Dinosaurs will become children's heroes and violence will be the foundation of their play. New airborne diseases, immune to existing treatments, will surface. NASA will be rendered weak and impotent, if not terminated.

A galactic war of conquest rages over our heads...

Earth...and Man...is the prize.

This is my story...

This is my Grandfather's story ...and... this is the story of Bek'Ti.

 
 
GENESIS
 
The explosion rocked the Nothingness of the Void.

Primordial 'essence' was thrown violently outward. Like a primeval ocean, wave after wave crashed out into the black pit of the Void. Nothingness beheld Chaos, Chaos poured out into Nothingness.

As the primeval waters streamed outwards, rivers of dark 'essence' swirled together, forming huge whirlpools. As the whirlpools spun inwards, the 'essence' condensed into clouds of gas. Superheated from the compression forces in the core of the swirl, sparks ignited the volatile clouds. Explosion after explosion formed enormous balls of fire, supernovas of brilliant red and dwarf stars of blazing blue.
 
Like islands in the waters of 'essence', the stars formed from the swirls in the spinning galaxies. Time after time, the process was repeated in the Void... time after time, a galaxy was born.

In time, one of these galaxies would come to be known as 'ERIDANUS'. This is a history of one small part of ERIDANUS... and a tiny world known to us as EARTH.
 
 

ERIDANUS

In the swirling primordial 'waters' of ERIDANUS, many of the stars gave birth to worlds of their own.
 
From the gases and dust thrown out from the suns, the planets condensed and cooled. Elemental gases combined to form moisture, the rain fell to form oceans. Thunderstorms raged, the oceans tossed and turned, crashing on the shores of the surface lands. In the midst of the lightning and fury, a single spark flashed, creating in one micro-second a single cell of life.

Single celled life forms combined to create multi-celled creatures, multi-celled creatures became complex beings with billions of shells... fishes, insects, birds, reptiles, plants and mammals. As many different creatures as there are stars in the galaxy, came into existence.

And in time, 'Humanoids' evolved. Fish humanoids, bird humanoids, reptile humanoids, mammal humanoids and humanoids of every kind, became the consistent outcome of evolution.

As Primordial ERIDANUS MAN developed, his caves gave way to huts, gatherings of huts became settlements, settlements became cities. The trapping and hunting of animals gave way to fur trading, fur trading gave way to markets. Gathering gave birth to gardening, gardening yielded to farming.
 
The needs of ERIDANUS MAN became desires...desires became greed. Compassionate men became leaders, leaders became conquerors, and a 'primitive' world became 'civilized'. Differences of opinion became arguments, arguments became wars. Curiosity and necessity gave birth to technology.
 
Early ERIDANUS MAN had conquered his world.

And then ERIDANUS MAN looked up, up into the skies. And he saw his moon. He created ships to carry him skyward, and his conquest of the moon began. As he stood on the moon, as he surveyed the lunar cities, he looked up and saw the stars above him. Seeking more, he moved skyward again. This time neighboring worlds were discovered. ERIDANUS MAN conquered the environment of the new world, and the cycle began again.

And so it was that ERIDANUS MAN met his relatives in the galaxy.
 
ERIDANUS BIRD MAN met ERIDANUS MAMMAL MAN, ERIDANUS REPTILE MAN met ERIDANUS INSECT MAN, and an ERIDANUS REPTILE MAN greeted them all. The many evolved beings of the worlds of ERIDANUS gathered and talked. They traded, they danced, they shared and they joined together. In time, they learned from each other and they lived together.
 
And... they went to War.

Primitive ERIDANUS MAN had become a 'civilized' ERIDANUS MAN, primitive war gave way to the Science of War, Death in all its horror became a tool of Progress. Galactic kingdoms in ERIDANUS rose and fell, civilizations prospered and died. A continuous series of wars engulfed the entire galaxy.
 
No single Empire endured for long. None save one...
 





THE 'SSS' EMPIRE

In the galaxy of ERIDANUS, the way of things became war, violence and turbulence.
 
Surfacing above other races as the Supreme Masters of War, the 'SSS' Beings, (so-called because of the hissing sound they made as they spoke), weathered war and chaos to seize and retain a sizable portion of the Ninth Sector of the galaxy. Though originally ruled over by Kings of repute, it was under the 'SSS' Queens that the Empire was to reach its pinnacle. Known as the 'SSS-T', the Queens and their techniques of rule became the very embodiment of Royal power.
 
The very name for a throne, 'AST', would be chilling tribute to the deadliness of the reptilian Queens.

In a galaxy of chaos and war, the SSS beings had no peer or competition. Ruthless in command, and efficient in their cruelty, the SSS-T Queens were brilliant politicians and war strategists, using events to advantage and manipulating wars to their advantage and gain.

Providing the Royals with the power to conquer and reign over their foes was a powerful military force, unmatched and unequaled by any other. Comprised of tall imposing figures, the SSS Warriors were cold-blooded warriors with frightening dragon-like faces. Though evolution had long since removed their scale-like skins, the plates on the body armor gave an impression of fierce, dinosaur beings.
 
Only a long ridge of bone rising from the forehead and trailing back and over the head remained to hint at their reptilian ancestry. Known as the 'M-K' or 'M-G', the appearance of the SSS Warriors alone was enough to strike fear into an opponent's heart.

Countless wars over billions of years had taught the SSS Queens a vital lesson, an enemy or rebellious subject serves no purpose if executed. But if the brain was re-programmed, resistance was eliminated and an able body was added to the labor force. Mind control was the SSS-T Science of choice.

Referred to by other races as the 'ARI' or 'Masters', in time they would become known as the 'ARI' of 'AH' (Heaven), or the 'ARI-AN'. Today it is known as ORION.
 
But though it had become the epitome of power and might, a symbol of brutal rulership and unrelenting aggression, the fates would play a curious trick on ARI-AN.
 
In their quest for galactic power, the SSS-T Warriors had looted the Palace treasuries of their victimized worlds. The cultural riches of conquered worlds were placed on display in the museums of ARI-AN, making the Empire the center of Ninth Sector culture and wisdom.
 
ARI-AN became the showcase world for Poetry and Music, Art and Dance.
 
It was a step, however unknowing, for the evolution of temperance in the SSS-T psyche.


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Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 05, 2016, 06:46:57 pm
During the Reagan administration the use of Voodoo Economics inadvertently turns many economists and businessmen into the living dead, creating a zombie apocalypse

EDIT:
Another idea:

The wotld is secretly controlled by two Skull-And-Bones-esque organizations modeled off of the fraternities from Animal House
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on November 05, 2016, 10:53:10 pm
A self-proclaimed superhero has intense psychic powers only deep into psychedelic trips; as a result, he ends up performing on massive scales the small actions that very stoned people usually perform. Because of the danger of a bad trip, a superhero team forms (from slightly less powerful supwrheroes) who essentially trip-sit him once every few weeks and gently guide his power use so that he at least has some positive outcomes. This is played for comedy, but the stakes are very high: these guys are essentially sweet-talking a hallucinating god.
I like.  And then there's always the unscrupulous gov. agency brain-scanning the guy and manipulating his surroundings (namely, with sound) to telemetrically guide his thoughts to their ends. For comedic effect, the formula demands that all their machinations back-fire.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 06, 2016, 04:45:33 pm
The wotld is secretly controlled by two Skull-And-Bones-esque organizations modeled off of the fraternities from Animal House

I don't think it counts as original if it's true ;)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Ziegejunge on November 07, 2016, 09:26:45 pm
Side note: I would read the shit out of that subterranean-cromag/Swiss-banker story, RMB!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 07, 2016, 09:57:58 pm
A stuntman is hired to stage a fake failed assassination attempt against a presidential candidate in order to boost his ratings. The stuntman gets promises that the campaign officials will let him "get away", but renege on the deal. The stunt succeeds, and the candidate wins the election; he's a fascistic figure and expands presidential powers. The stuntman manages to escape prison, and attempts to actually assassinate this president, now knowing that the "campaign officials" who hired him are actually CIA agents who were conspiring with the candidate to cause a coup.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 09, 2016, 10:23:40 pm
A science fiction series where the protagonist is a goofy overenthusiastic nerd with no common sense / sense of self-preservation, surrounded by people who are constantly trying to get him to shut up / save him from himself / get him to cut to the chase and tell them if the alien he's poking is dangerous.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 10, 2016, 02:06:46 am
Fictionalized retelling of yesterday's events focusing on the pact Trump must have made with mephistopheles to pull this off being enacted by serial demonic posession of voters
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: xXRon_Paul_42016Xxx(weed) on November 10, 2016, 04:51:23 am
Fictionalized retelling of yesterday's events focusing on the pact Trump must have made with mephistopheles to pull this off being enacted by serial demonic posession of voters

Trump was elected via a pact with an egyptian frog demon. I unironically believe this.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 10, 2016, 06:52:45 am
Fictionalized retelling of yesterday's events focusing on the pact Trump must have made with mephistopheles to pull this off being enacted by serial demonic posession of voters

Trump was elected via a pact with an egyptian frog demon. I unironically believe this.

Heqet?
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on November 10, 2016, 12:27:15 pm
Fictionalized retelling of yesterday's events focusing on the pact Trump must have made with mephistopheles to pull this off being enacted by serial demonic posession of voters

Trump was elected via a pact with an egyptian frog demon. I unironically believe this.

Heqet?

Kek.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 11, 2016, 04:49:31 am
Conspiracy thriller wherein climate change denialism is a result of a conspiracy to eliminate the costal blue states

EDIT:
Another idea:

Parody of Jumanji wherein a cursed monopoly board transports its players to Atlantic City and/or Atlantic City to them, forcing them to deal with hurricanes, recessions, and Donald Trump

EDIT:
Another idea:
An evil sorcerer with the power to create zombies actually hits on the obvious idea of making minions out of luau pigs and thanksgiving turkeys

EDIT:
Another Idea:
Hundreds of years after humanity spreads to the stars the Earth has become a dingy backwater barely civilized by ste standards of the day and very poorly regarded, despite all of humanity having come from there.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 15, 2016, 05:36:53 pm
A satirical scene improved by two large groups of people, each of them playing one of the same two stock characters. This is a metaphor for American politics. You could almost believe this of the actual followers of the political parties in how theyall seem to toe the party line on all major issues, never showing any degree of individuality. if they're in favor of social welfare programs you can count on them to also be in favor of immigration, environmentalism, and abortion; and if they're against one you can count on them to be against them all, despite these things having fuckall to do with each other. I'm not just talking about the politicians here either, I'm talking about the actual voters.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 17, 2016, 05:13:19 am
Some ideas:

*A comedy where the greco-roman mystery religions are all Scientology-esque cults

*comedy skit: a guy picks up a hitchhiker and it eventually turns out that both the driver and the hitchhiker were planning on killing the other. They both have a good laugh about this. possibly they then both kill each other immediately afterward

*A very meta superhero named "Vigilante Justice Man"

*A sci-fi setting in which lots of devices have excessively humanlike and overdeveloped AIs due to the need to interact with some kind of commonly used item based on telepathy (I thought of this while thinking about how in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy it doesn't really make sense, and is a plot hole, for Arthur to be able to read alien writing or use non-sentient voice-activated machines as they have no minds to interact with and the Babel Fish works by "excreting telepathy")
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on November 17, 2016, 05:33:07 am
The Goddess Eris, your story was above and beyond an "idea", and well into fleshed-out territory. I humbly suggest creating a thread in Bring & Brag for it; it deserves a thread of its own.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 19, 2016, 05:18:46 am
A conspiracy thriller, that's also an old school big dance number stage musical, and whose plot revolves around the conspiracy theory that Bush did 9/11. In one song and dance number a person dressed as an airplane tackles a high-kicking chorus girl dressed as 1 WTC.

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Another idea:
A zombie apocalypse film wherein the "zombie apocalypse" is actually well contained and limited to a small area, but the news media makes it out to be a major wide-reaching catastrophe in order to boost ratings just like they always do with any new disease (remember SARS? remember swine flu and bird flu? remember that devastating worldwide ebola pandemic that happened last year in a small part of africa with no healthcare or sanitation?)

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Another idea:
(Did I suggest this one already?) Tens of thousands of years in the  future Heaven has worn thin on the blessed dead. They have exhausted the realm of conventional pleasures and increasingly find themselves descending into Hell simply to experience something that they haven't done a thousand times before. Eventually they start importig hellish things into heaven. The realms eventually grow to be indistinguishable. I know Orphee Aux Enfers kind of touches on similar territory, but I'm thinking of heaven and hell's everyday denizens, and permanent. It should also have a Hellraiser/Warhammer type vibe to it if dome correctky.

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In the off-season Santa Claus works for the CIA and/or British Military Intelligence using his skills with surveillance and breaking and entering to retrieve sensitive information and sabotage enemy installations.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Salty on November 27, 2016, 12:53:45 am
Everybody is bees.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on November 27, 2016, 12:57:42 am
Everybody is bees.

I like this story. This story is my favorite.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on November 27, 2016, 02:39:31 am
A story based on Atlas Shrugged but wih a much more realistic plot in which the John Galt equivalent is actually an example of the Dunning-Kruger effect (and/or possibly grandiose delusions)

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More ideas:

*A b-movie spy film about a plot to steal the world's first underwater airplane, the "Hydroplane"

*A spoof film showing what people in the 1950's might have thought brothels would be like in the 21st century.

*A parody of the song "Do They Know It's Christmas" focusing on the idea that 3rd world counyries don't have to deal with the kind of commercialism and holiday rush at Christmas that first world people do
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 08, 2016, 02:58:50 pm
*A horror film in which Rene Descartes is menaced by a deamon that shows him horrifying illusions, and leaves him unable to be sure of what is real.

*The Odyssey as retold by the distant descendants of the cyclopses, who misremember Odysseus as a malevolent incorporeal spirit called No-Body.

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Another idea:

*Through some freak accident (and/or some kind of super-science whatever), the protagonist gains pheremone-based superpowers. Naturally these are completely useless for influencing humans. The main applicability of the powers turns out to be in the fields of summoning and/or repelling large swarms of insects, and farm porn.

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Another ideas:
*Batman Vs. Ozzy Osbourne

*Horror story based around a bad pun. A man goes to a crossroads at midnight to barter his soul to the devil in exchange for success as a blues musician. Except instead of the devil it's a neo-lovecraftian type monster-god. "Zydeco, he comes".

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More ideas:

*A pornographic christmas special where an adult film actress (or actor, whatever) has sex with eight reindeer

*The life of christ recounted in he style of Disney's Hercules, with the same amount of liberties taken with the story and character biographies

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Another idea:
Chivalric courtly love parodied with the story of a fanatsy rpg murderhobo style adventurer questing to acquire enough wealth to acquire a certain prostitute's services for the rest of his life

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Another idea:
*An americanized version of V for Vendetta. In the dystopian future year of 2019 the only hope to free america from authoritarian tyranny is a deranged vigilante's plan to kill trump and the republican congress by crashing a plane into the capital building
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 15, 2016, 12:39:05 pm
A woman from New Zealand wakes up in a Kazakh jail cell, the officials having jailed her because they don't believe New Zealand exists. Twist: she has drifted into another time line where New Zealand doesn't exist & all events derived from or related to it never happened. Peter Jackson is still making low-budget horror movies.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 16, 2016, 05:35:07 am
*A sequel to "Atlas Shrugged": With America in disarray the country is immediately conquered by the Soviet Union

*What seems to be an "Anthem"-style dystopia to it's inhabitants is actually a facade made to control the lowest class of a dystopia that at the higher if it';s stratified levels more closely resembles "Brave New World"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: xXRon_Paul_42016Xxx(weed) on December 16, 2016, 06:47:47 am
Currently procrastinating on finishing a reimagining of Who Moved My Cheese as an existential horror story.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 17, 2016, 02:09:03 am
*Atlas Shrugged rewritten keeping the core plot but subtly rewritten promote a radically pro-union message

*Atlas Shrugged rejiggered as an advertisement for laziness

*Atlas Shrugged rejiggered as a religious tract against the defunct sin of acedia

*Atlas Shrugged rejiggered into a spy novel about the world's most hands-off supervillain
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 17, 2016, 05:04:11 am
A man must prevent a time traveler from going back and preventing some major disaster because the man's mother met his father due to a chance encounter on the way home from the funeral of her original fiancee, who was killed in the disaster that the time traveler is trying to prevent, and if the time traveler succeeds the man (and implicitly many others) will be erased from history.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on December 21, 2016, 11:15:34 pm
In a post-singularity future, the only AI's left are the ones able to consistently fabricate deep and compelling existential narratives.   One Thousand and One Nights, for robots.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 22, 2016, 07:03:09 am
not a story per se, but a musical piece; I'd love for someone to perform the following song medley:
It starts out with The Hallelujah Chorus, but when the part where they keep repeating "King of kings (forever and ever, hallelujah hallelujah) and Lord of lords (forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah)" reaches it's crescendo it transitions into Duke of Earl (so the last repetition goes "King of kings (forever and ever, hallelujah hallelujah), and Lord of lords, Earl earl earl, Duke of earl earl earl....")
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 22, 2016, 09:28:28 pm
An analysis of the remains left behind by an apparent suicide bomber indicates that it was, in actuality, a remote-controlled mannequin on wheels under a burqua. The military responds by jamming all wireless within a half mile radius of any high-profile target, and switching over to only wired communications. Our story follows military tech contractors working in such a site, attempting to figure out what's going on when an attack occurs.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 24, 2016, 02:16:38 pm
A ten year old boy is kidnapped by the mob and his hands and feed cut off, as incentive for his massively indebted parents to pay off a loan shark. His parents, unable to pay, end up dying in an altercation with the mob in front of him, but a policeman barges in and saves him; shortly afterward, the building explodes, killing everyone inside. After he gets out of the hospital, the policeman (who is single, and old) adopts him, but he's killed in the line of duty a month later, pushing the child into the foster system. The child grows up with an obsessive idolization of policework & an obsessive distaste for organized crime. Early into his adulthood, he attempts to join the police force, but he is rejected on the grounds that he has no hands or legs; already extremely neurotic, this blow sends him into a persistent delusional state. With the help of a brilliant engineering student who has been obsessively stalking him (and in exchange for dating her), he is equipped with hooks on all his limbs, attached to a strength-amplifying hydraulic exoskeleton; he puts a halloween costume of a police officer on top of this, and becomes the vigilante Police Captain Hook. He travels by hanging by his hooks off whatever surfaces are available, fully believes himself to be a police officer with special dispensation to hunt down the mob due to his exemplary record, and hunts down and kills figures from organized crime, placing their severed heads on the police commisioner's front steps. (When he is in trouble, the engineer tends to blow up his enemies using remote control bombs, so he has a track record not befitting his actual experience or grasp on reality.)
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 25, 2016, 03:50:26 pm
What seems like direct first contact soon turns out to actually merely be contact with a derilect alien space probe which we manage to take control of and still learn a lot of things from
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on December 25, 2016, 04:49:02 pm
An archaeologist stumbles upon a secret Nazi plot to steal the Ark of the Covenant in order to use its supernatural powers to win World War II.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Bu☆ns on December 26, 2016, 12:40:54 am
An archaeologist stumbles upon a secret Nazi plot to steal the Ark of the Covenant in order to use its supernatural powers to win World War II.
This sounds an awfully lot like The Mummy
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 26, 2016, 12:04:57 pm
We make contact with an alien species who never had a spoken language -- they skipped directly from smell to writing. As a result, their writing system is abstract splotches of color on a 2d plane -- it's very spacial but not very temporal. The story is a mockumentary about the high burn-out rate of the human diplomatic translation team, composed of expert linguists who are also expert impressionist painters, who often undergo a novel kind of psychosis as a result of translating between english and this very inhuman language 40 hours a week.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on December 26, 2016, 02:32:38 pm
A mad scientist steals Lord Byron's collection of pubic hair clippings (which he took from each of his lovers, and filed) and secretly clones all of Lord Byron's lovers, out of a twisted kind of napoleon complex. After being busted, these clones are put up for adoption. Twenty years later, they coincidentally run into each other, and (not knowing their shared origin) they end up starting an influential art movement.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 27, 2016, 07:31:42 am
A biblically accurate alternate ending to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark where instead of having their faces melted off the villains instead suffer and die from the the ark's biblically attested curse of hemorrhoids and ass cancer

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Another idea

Short skit or gag for use in a larger piece: God appears to someone in a dream, but keeps getting interrupted by weird dream characters. He eventually demands for "anyone who doesn't exist" to please leave. The miscellaneous dream characters all vanish but so does God.

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Another idea(s):

*A man is exorcised of posession by a being of pure order through a ritual resembling the confuse-a-cat skit from Monty Python

*A short skit about a man who comes to church in an undershirt and with unwashed hair, citing Ecclesiastes 9:8 ("Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.") when challenged.


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More ideas:

*A comic-horror film about John Hinkley Jr's attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in which the movie "Taxi Driver" is portrayed as a legitimately insanity-inducing cthulhu-mythos-type production, akin to 'The King in Yellow'

*A sci-fi in which John Hinkley Jr was actually a time traveling would be hero whose attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan was actually intended as a warmup prior to eventually going back and killing Hitler

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More ideas:

*a fantasy story that in some way involves gnomes who run a burusera shop, as that is obviously step 2

*a murder mystery where everyone saw who did it, but nob0dy can identify the victim

*a combination of Star Wars and The DaVinci Code with the skywalkers combined with the Neveus and Vader combined with Jesus. The title is "Vi Vobiscum"
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LMNO on January 09, 2017, 01:11:46 pm
Not a story idea, but a story element:

Serial killer with hidden motivations has a knife with the following inscription engraved on the blade:

"Be the change you want to see."
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 10, 2017, 07:37:24 pm
*A modern qurst for the grail story in the vein of Indiana Jones 3, except with a slightly perverted protagonist searching for Jesus' shoes, described in the bible as being holier than John the Baptist
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 23, 2017, 10:54:11 pm
A musical about a group of psychologists trying to figure out how to solve an epidemic of a bizzare psychosomatic illness that causes everyone in a small rural town to spontaneously break into song every time they feel strong emotions. One of the psychologists is tone-deaf, and his abnormally out-of-tune singing constitutes a source of comic relief.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 24, 2017, 12:12:05 am
After a housing crisis, an eccentric billionaire former real estate developer buys up empty houses in Celebration, Florida, and offers them to homeless people from New York and Oakland, with a generous salary for as long as they stay there (along with an offer to pay any fines they might incur from the homeowner's association). His goal is to get back at Disney, because of a grudge held over from when he was a young man, by ruining their attempt at implementing a nostalgic and idealized past. However, by accident, he got a unique mix of people moving in: a former political radical / agitator with a degree in sociology, a refugee from the church of scientology, a couple former bohemian artists cut off by their families, and some other people with interesting and useful skills that a string of tragic accidents had previously prevented them from using. The pressure from the homeowner's association & from Disney itself bound them together and radicalized them, and from Celebration they constructed a new set of political ideas and plan revolution...
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on January 24, 2017, 01:46:46 am
After a housing crisis, an eccentric billionaire former real estate developer buys up empty houses in Celebration, Florida, and offers them to homeless people from New York and Oakland, with a generous salary for as long as they stay there (along with an offer to pay any fines they might incur from the homeowner's association). His goal is to get back at Disney, because of a grudge held over from when he was a young man, by ruining their attempt at implementing a nostalgic and idealized past. However, by accident, he got a unique mix of people moving in: a former political radical / agitator with a degree in sociology, a refugee from the church of scientology, a couple former bohemian artists cut off by their families, and some other people with interesting and useful skills that a string of tragic accidents had previously prevented them from using. The pressure from the homeowner's association & from Disney itself bound them together and radicalized them, and from Celebration they constructed a new set of political ideas and plan revolution...

I would read this and buy tickets to the musical above it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Salty on January 25, 2017, 07:17:50 pm
Comic book idea.

The Tales of the Evil Doctor Octaroon.

Dr. Octaroon (picture Nigel with crazy eyes, poofy hair, and a lab coat) is going to take over the world by forcing people to be tolerant, respectful, and considerate of others.

She is foiled by Captain Concern, a nice guy (typical white male hero look) who steps in and stops her every time.

In the first issue, Dr Octaroon creates a Perspective Ray. She can aim it at anyone in the world (it's in space?) and the first person they see that the most different then them forces them to see life from that other person's perspective. Have a bunch of panels with examples of this.

Captain Concern thinks this isn't quite right for reasons and tries to stop her. She uses her Pointed Fact and Reasonable Argument abilities (gained from a horrible science accident) and he is nearly beaten. But then he uses his power of Redlining to ruin her plans. Somehow.

The nice thing about this is you can just use a lot of stale comic tropes because, I think, parody really allows for that.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Freeky on January 25, 2017, 07:19:43 pm
That's awesome and I would read it.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 25, 2017, 07:35:38 pm
My evil SWJ plans are foiled every time.  :cry:
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 26, 2017, 06:06:35 pm
Post-UBI, NEETs are the new bohemians, and we have whole art movements based off image macros and shitposting. Sometimes they pool their money & rent warehouses. Certain kinds of high-risk projects become of interest: projects where large amounts of effort go into them with a very low likelihood of success, of interest mostly to eccentrics, with the occasional major and unexpected hit -- The Bee Movie Only Every Time They Say Bee It's Replaced With The Complete Ring Cycle Translated Into Klingon Only Every Time They Mention A Color It Becomes Warhol's Sleeping, or something like it. Because nobody can even pretend to predict what will be a hit or who will produce one, the entertainment industry becomes very interested in subsidizing unemployment (in case somebody with a lot of free time randomly produces the next hit that can then be adapted for a wider audience).
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: DerKirche on January 26, 2017, 10:34:40 pm
Invention of Lying sequel -- in the far future Mankind has eradicated deception in all it's forms -- one man discovers he can deceive -- then follows him running from a completely honest dystopian future -- like bourgeoisie people know poor are dying, don't care, it's just a fact of life, etc


Just like the Original Invention of Lying, but like more dark, like hunger games -- hollywood would eat it up!
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 27, 2017, 04:03:13 pm
Invention of Lying sequel -- in the far future Mankind has eradicated deception in all it's forms -- one man discovers he can deceive -- then follows him running from a completely honest dystopian future -- like bourgeoisie people know poor are dying, don't care, it's just a fact of life, etc


Just like the Original Invention of Lying, but like more dark, like hunger games -- hollywood would eat it up!

It could even mirror Star Wars: he leads a scrappy rebel force with his unique mystical ability to bullshit.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 28, 2017, 04:06:07 am
An episode of Captain Planet that's just Cap beating the shit out of Donald Trump for half an hour
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 29, 2017, 01:51:23 am
Two groups of aliens turn the cold war hot, circumventing their own non-aggression treaties by dumping exotic alien weapons on human nations without training. The story follows human strategic skunkworks teams examining the weapons and determining scalable guidelines for their use in warfare -- important because the mechanisms & tradeoffs used by these weapons are wholly unlike conventional earth weapons.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 29, 2017, 09:40:57 am
Superhero comedy where a guy contracts a radioactive sexually transmitted pathogen and now it literally burns when he pees, in the sense of that he now pisses fire instead of piss.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 29, 2017, 06:36:43 pm
A standard psychological horror movie about our protagonist slowly succumbing to hallucinations and delusions, with the caveat that although we follow the protagonist we never see the protagonist's perceptions (but instead, from the outside). Concretely, this manifests as none of the special effects or post-processing being added: the actor closes the medicine cabinet mirror and acts as though she sees a face, but the camera never sees it; the protagonist freaks out and points at dark corners and other unseen elements.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 29, 2017, 08:16:05 pm
An anthropologist studying the associations between butter processing and the production of the metal of metals in medieval alchemy visits a town with a museum of bog-mummies taken from a nearby bog. After a piece of bog butter is raised that contains an abnormal number of wards (including butter knots and graveyard nails), a number of bizarre deaths occur, wherein people lose all of their body fat. The anthropologist becomes a van Hellsing figure, fighting against the butter vampires -- mummified bog-bodies that stick of turpentine from ketosis, animated by an ancient and long-forgotten virus. In the end, our hero must fight the chief bog-vampire (an ancient alchemist/wizard who had been killed and buried in the bog, and had been on show in the museum for thirty years) by combining ancient butter-centric magical practices with modern ideas about food safety.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on January 29, 2017, 10:16:57 pm
A man is born with a strange psychic power: once a day, he can cause someone to perform a simple task, but once he uses this power on someone he can't use it on them ever again. (He can only do this in person, in a situation where he is alone with someone.) He uses this, along with an understanding of cognitive dissonance, to persue the office of the presidency. However, a talk-radio therapist is on his tail, having discovered that several people who were opposed to this man changed their mind and became die-hard supporters after performing uncharacteristic actions that convinced them that they agreed with his positions shortly after a private meeting. At the climax, the politician causes the talk-radio therapist to denounce the idea of cognitive dissonance on the air, and he must battle his own cognitive dissonance to take down this politician.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 01, 2017, 04:59:17 am
Amazingly, I have one.

A time-travel adventure series, a la Quantum Leap, but a team. They have to go back in time and "fix" events to make them align with the current universe, which has been determined to difinitively be in the class of best of all possible universes.

The twist: Every event they have to "fix" are tragedies and horrors. They have to blow up the Hindenberg. They have to kill Lincoln. They have to save Hitler's life. They have to initiate the abuse at the Iraqi prisons.

Eventually, one of the team starts to wonder about the morality of sacrificing the past for the benefit of the future, and begins to sabotage missions. Another narrative thread begins when the viewers start to see what the botched missions change.

In the end it could turn out that their imeline is explicitly different from our, diverging towards the end of the cold war. One of their missions is to make the cold war go hot without western Europe getting involved, thus sacrificing the coastal USA to eliminate Russia and rural USA
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on February 04, 2017, 05:55:01 am
A scientist studying chaos theory must stop another scientist who has developed a time machine from going back in time and stopping Hitler, as any change made that far in the past would ultimately have the effect of erasing from history basically everyone who is currently alive and thus be an even worse atrocity than the holocaust.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on February 04, 2017, 07:25:32 am
continuing with the time travel theme...

In the near future, the descendant of one of the victims of the worst terrorist attack in US history becomes obsessed with time travel theories, and spends 30 years perfecting her time machine. Setting the clock to 2011, she warps to Bowling Green, KY. She succeeds.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 05, 2017, 03:23:13 am
A scripted performance art piece where the artist is shot with blanks by a middle-eastern actor at an opening for her own abstract sculpture collection (intended to protest the association of middle-eastern men with acts of terrorism) goes awry when a minor celebrity unexpectedly decides to attend the event (resulting in both the presence of a news crew & of increased museum security). The actor is killed, and the performance artist must figure out how to come out about the plan -- dealing with the guilt of having brought an innocent into an ill-conceived, naive, and dangerous folly.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: axod on February 06, 2017, 01:28:21 am
Skynet is having trouble establishing its 1.0 version of civilization on planet Earth.  Nothing serious, just that all the "off the shelf" technologies it uses to perform its task are meant to work on any planet with complex life-forms, meaning that the tech must be trained to fully interface with any particular system.  A "last mile" of sorts that connects it directly to the electrical firing patterns of any nervous system.  Like a factory prosthetic needs to learn a users particular patterns in order to work.  Our current state of political affairs then represents a step in this training process, to learn how to correct our situation from the anamoulous position we find ourselves in.  Like learning how to drive a car (competitively) by finding the minimum turn radius possible at high velocity, edge finding, and correcting tragectory after losing controll.  Essentially a test to ensure that the system can regain controll in difficult situations, also training for perfect fit.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on February 06, 2017, 05:41:58 am
International tensions reach a crisis point when a wayward American fighter jet is shot down by an Iranian squadron. Cooler heads try and fail to deescalate the response from a trigger-happy executive, who has been itching for any excuse to show the world -- and an increasingly unhappy American public -- the full force of the US military. To the nauseating shock of everyone in the room, the President orders a direct strike against several Iranian locations, including Tehran itself, not with conventional weapons but with low-yield tactical nuclear missiles. Fearing for the future of America and indeed all of humanity, the Joint Chiefs of Staff quickly attempt to oust the President, but their plan is foiled and the missiles are launched. The world watches in horror as two million Iranians are vaporized on live television. The remnants of the Iranian military call in their sleeper cells in the US, unleashing a flurry of suicide bombings across the country over the next 24 hours, killing thousands. Against the strained exhortation of literally every adviser, the President orders a full-scale retaliation with ICBMs, intending to turn the Persians to glass. Missiles are launched for their 15-20 minute flight time the whole planet goes silent and numb.

The warheads fall toward Iranian cities as expected, but rather than detonating, they clunk through roofs and onto ancient streets, cold and useless. There had apparently been a flaw in a testing routine used in all modern American multiple-warhead ICBMs, which had only ever been tested in computers on account of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. With the lion's teeth excised in human history's most embarrassing military blunder, America's vulnerabilities are exposed. Within thirty minutes, a thousand Russian and Chinese missiles are sailing though the stratosphere.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on February 06, 2017, 06:57:14 am
International tensions reach a crisis point when a wayward American fighter jet is shot down by an Iranian squadron. Cooler heads try and fail to deescalate the response from a trigger-happy executive, who has been itching for any excuse to show the world -- and an increasingly unhappy American public -- the full force of the US military. To the nauseating shock of everyone in the room, the President orders a direct strike against several Iranian locations, including Tehran itself, not with conventional weapons but with low-yield tactical nuclear missiles. Fearing for the future of America and indeed all of humanity, the Joint Chiefs of Staff quickly attempt to oust the President, but their plan is foiled and the missiles are launched. The world watches in horror as two million Iranians are vaporized on live television. The remnants of the Iranian military call in their sleeper cells in the US, unleashing a flurry of suicide bombings across the country over the next 24 hours, killing thousands. Against the strained exhortation of literally every adviser, the President orders a full-scale retaliation with ICBMs, intending to turn the Persians to glass. Missiles are launched for their 15-20 minute flight time the whole planet goes silent and numb.

The warheads fall toward Iranian cities as expected, but rather than detonating, they clunk through roofs and onto ancient streets, cold and useless. There had apparently been a flaw in a testing routine used in all modern American multiple-warhead ICBMs, which had only ever been tested in computers on account of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. With the lion's teeth excised in human history's most embarrassing military blunder, America's vulnerabilities are exposed. Within thirty minutes, a thousand Russian and Chinese missiles are sailing though the stratosphere.

These would also fail, due to shoddy parts and corrupt maintenance contractors.

Everyone looks silly, and the entire human race sulks for a generation.  This is known to later historians as "The Morrisey Era".
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on February 06, 2017, 10:03:55 pm
International tensions reach a crisis point when a wayward American fighter jet is shot down by an Iranian squadron. Cooler heads try and fail to deescalate the response from a trigger-happy executive, who has been itching for any excuse to show the world -- and an increasingly unhappy American public -- the full force of the US military. To the nauseating shock of everyone in the room, the President orders a direct strike against several Iranian locations, including Tehran itself, not with conventional weapons but with low-yield tactical nuclear missiles. Fearing for the future of America and indeed all of humanity, the Joint Chiefs of Staff quickly attempt to oust the President, but their plan is foiled and the missiles are launched. The world watches in horror as two million Iranians are vaporized on live television. The remnants of the Iranian military call in their sleeper cells in the US, unleashing a flurry of suicide bombings across the country over the next 24 hours, killing thousands. Against the strained exhortation of literally every adviser, the President orders a full-scale retaliation with ICBMs, intending to turn the Persians to glass. Missiles are launched for their 15-20 minute flight time the whole planet goes silent and numb.

The warheads fall toward Iranian cities as expected, but rather than detonating, they clunk through roofs and onto ancient streets, cold and useless. There had apparently been a flaw in a testing routine used in all modern American multiple-warhead ICBMs, which had only ever been tested in computers on account of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. With the lion's teeth excised in human history's most embarrassing military blunder, America's vulnerabilities are exposed. Within thirty minutes, a thousand Russian and Chinese missiles are sailing though the stratosphere.
I like the imagery.  To save face, America orders second launch, with a cargo payload containing plans to build S9G reactors that can run on non-ballistic level nuclear fuel.  World enjoys 30 years of free energy, reducing international tensions and clearing way to lasting world-peace.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 07, 2017, 10:50:13 pm
After being bitten by a radioactive dog, a disgruntled postal worker develops an extremely sensitive sense of smell & super-hearing, along with a tendency to bite anyone who looks him in the eyes. Delirious, he sews himself a costume and takes his workplace hostage, announcing to the world that he will now be known as "MAIL MAN".
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 08, 2017, 01:39:05 pm
A secret society dedicated to returning their nation to the values of an idealized imperial past invest in a reality television game show franchise as a means of identifying, vetting, and indoctrinating outside candidates for political positions. Combining blackmail, favor-trading, and appeals to shared values, this organization pressures newly-minted politicians into making certain decisions.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on February 08, 2017, 01:48:45 pm
A secret society dedicated to returning their nation to the values of an idealized imperial past invest in a reality television game show franchise as a means of identifying, vetting, and indoctrinating outside candidates for political positions. Combining blackmail, favor-trading, and appeals to shared values, this organization pressures newly-minted politicians into making certain decisions.

Don't give them any ideas, goddammit.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: Rococo Modem Basilisk on February 08, 2017, 08:51:07 pm
A secret society dedicated to returning their nation to the values of an idealized imperial past invest in a reality television game show franchise as a means of identifying, vetting, and indoctrinating outside candidates for political positions. Combining blackmail, favor-trading, and appeals to shared values, this organization pressures newly-minted politicians into making certain decisions.

Don't give them any ideas, goddammit.

It's too late. Former hosts (but not winners) of localized versions of The Apprentice are running for local offices in Brazil & the UK, according to an article I read this morning.
Title: Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
Post by: LuciferX on February 09, 2017, 01:24:31 am
Two groups of aliens turn the cold war hot, circumventing their own non-aggression treaties by dumping exotic alien weapons on human nations without training. The story follows human strategic skunkworks teams examini