March 13th, 2008

Olaf

Ficlet: Olaf at the TT Races

Belated happy birthdays to trinfaneb and artistshipper.

This story is primarily for gillo, who responded to a throwaway line in my last ficlet by saying “And I need to see Olaf at the TT races now”. Her comment has inspired what might well be my strangest crossover ever. Another one of the ‘Where Did Olaf Go?’ series, in which Willow’s spell to banish Olaf to the Land of the Trolls misfires and sends him to another fandom. It follows on from Thomas and the Troublesome Troll, in which Olaf battled Thomas the Tank Engine. On leaving the Island of Sodor Olaf travels to the Isle of Man to see the 1935 TT motorcycle races. Crossover with the 1935 George Formby film No Limit. Everyone on the Isle of Man has seen the film several times – it’s compulsory – but it will probably mean nothing at all to Americans or even to British readers who don’t watch old movies on TV. George Formby, the Lancashire comic singer and performer upon the banjo-ukulele, was Britain’s biggest star in the years immediately before and during the Second World War. Personally I could never see why. ‘No Limit’ was mainly filmed on location in the Isle of Man and included footage of the real 1935 TT. Gill was probably expecting me to send Olaf to the contemporary TT but instead here he is in the 1930s. Rating R; 4,800 words.
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Ficlet: Trolls Ate My Dingo

Here is another of my ‘Where did Olaf go?’ ficlets; the third in four days. This one isn’t connected to the other two, Thomas and the Troublesome Troll and Olaf at the TT Races. As usual, it assumes that Willow’s spell to banish Olaf sent him to another fandom instead of to the Land of the Trolls; this time to Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’, although not to Ankh-Morpork or Lancre where most of the books are set. A completely different continent. ‘Discworld’ is full of ‘crossover’ elements anyway, referencing hundreds of other stories, and this ficlet follows that tradition by containing a 'crossover within a crossover'. I might do a sequel to this eventually but for now I’m going to return to my WIPs. 1,000 words, PG.
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