Irene has bequeathed me this belabored exercise and, because I hold her in such high esteem, I figured I'd humor her.
What I'm (and I guess,my heir's're) supposed to do:
The questions below are all in the form of "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…". Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:
— You can leave them exactly as is.
— You can delete any one question.
— You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change "The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…" to "The best time travel novel in Westerns is…", or "The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is…", or "The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is…".
— You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…".
You must have at least one question in your set, or you've gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you're not viable. Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.
True Poetry. I think it's this easy: Copy all of 'em. Change one. Delete one. Add one. Answer 'em all. Repeat.
Fill in the blanks like so:
1. The best drama in scientific dystopias is: Enemy of the State.
2. The best bitter song in country music is: Blow You Away, by Robert Earl Keen
3. The best dead comedian in American comedy is: John Ritter.
4. The best moment in live television was: Nipplegate, for demonstrating (and exposing) the NFL for what it truly is.
5. The most erotic of all the salt-cured meats is: the bratwurst?
6. The most underwhelming actor in eighties television: Scott Baio
My family tree:
My great-great-great-great-great-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock.
My great-great-great-great-grandparent is Shakespeare's Sister.
My great-great-great-grandparent is Excuse This Mess...
My great-great-grandparent is Saying Yes.
My great-grandparent is Really Small Fish.
My grandparent is Mr Middlebrow of A Drinking Song.
My parent is Irene of Nonbillable.
My one and only sibling is Suniverse.
And now, I name Fox and Bill as heirs to the throne. Their pith alone should poison this gene pool to extinction.