Scroogled – Cory Doctorow

February 27, 2008

Original story: Scroogled, by Cory Doctorow
Adapted by: Sajbrfem
Changes: Pronouns and gender specific terms reversed, Main character names changed to gender neutral names, pronouns in initial quotes unchanged.
Story length: Aprox 4500 words.
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

Scroogled

“Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him.” –Cardinal Richelieu

“We don’t know enough about you.” –Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Alex landed at San Francisco International Airport at 8 p.m., but by the time she’d made it to the front of the customs line, it was after midnight. She’d emerged from first class, brown as a nut, unshaven, and loose-limbed after a month on the beach in Cabo (scuba diving three days a week, seducing French college boys the rest of the time). When she’d left the city a month before, she’d been a stoop-shouldered, potbellied wreck. Now she was a bronze goddess, drawing admiring glances from the stews at the front of the cabin.

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Viola’s Bookshelf is a project blog dedicated to publishing altered out of copyright, or creative commons licensed fiction, where the character’s genders have been reversed. The idea behind this is to help provide an understanding of gender construction in fiction and to an extent in everyday life.