Linked: The Beatles Never Broke Up!

I don’t usually link to music, but the story behind this is so ridiculous it’s in a whole class of online fiction of its own – The Beatles Never Broke Up:

… he then told me that what he was going to say next will be very shocking and unbelievable, and that if he didn’t actually experience it himself then he wouldn’t believe it. He took a look at the machine near the window and looked back at me and said he transported me into parallel Earth. He said he traveled to our Earth dimension and found me knocked out in the blazing heat with nobody around to help me out. Normally he said he doesn’t take outsiders through a portal but in my case he thought I needed urgent help.

And then aforementioned person finds tape of The Beatles, sneaks it back to our dimension, and digitizes it, at the imminent risk of waging intergalactic war. The album‘s not bad, though. And free. (PS: a short story! Imagine that!)

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  • http://www.ditchwalk.com Mark Barrett

    I took a look at this and instantly put it in the category of online fiction that leans heavily on confusion and uncertainty to generate interest. I even wondered if it was a scam of some kind.

    As noted earlier by me elsewhere in places I can’t at the moment recall, I think this emphasis on uncertainty carries a significant cost. Fiction should not be a tease.

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    I don’t even think it’s online fiction now, to be honest. A publicity stunt, maybe. Or a complete nutter. Have you downloaded the music, btw? It’s surprisingly good. Really good, in fact.

  • http://www.ditchwalk.com Mark Barrett

    Didn’t download the music. Did happen to update this post today, however:

    http://www.ditchwalk.com/2009/11/04/the-beatles/

    :-)

  • http://vjchambers.com V. J. Chambers

    Confusion and uncertainty? You mean like how everyone thought Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders might have actually been true stories when Daniel Defoe wrote them?

    The telling of a fictional story in a nonfictional format is essentially how the novel came to be, and as such, deeply part of the storytelling tradition in modern fiction. I suppose it could hurt your work if people got mad and said, “Hey, you tricked me!” as in the case of the Blair Witch Project. But with something like this, ultimately, to think it was true, you’d have to be a nutcase.

    Like Eli says, he does a good job of seeming nutty. The FAQs are a particularly nice touch, although I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually wrote all the questions himself. :)

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    To be fair, Robinson Crusoe was based on a true story. ;-) Though … in the real story he had sex with goats, amongst other things.