On my regular trawl through my Google Reader this evening, I stumbled upon a massively disturbing post. I’ve not experienced anything quite like it before.
Some background: My friend Chris and I had been kicking around an idea for a few weeks, namely that we should create a blog that combined obscure literary references with blatant popularity. We settled upon “LOLrature”, a blog that would create Lolcat versions of famous writers.
On the 13th of October, I reactivated a long-neglected Tumblr account.
On October 19, I sent a pedantic email to Chris asking him whether we should call it “LOLrature” or “LOLerature”. We decided on the former. I spent fruitless hours trying to superimpose the phrase “I CAN HAZ VOGELZ?” onto a picture of Tim Winton, but to no avail. We agreed to find Photoshop and unveil the site in the next few weeks.
And so it was to my absolute surprise to see reference to a Tumblr blog called “LOLerature” in one of my favourite literary resources, The Millions:
For one beautiful moment, I thought Chris had set up the blog under a different name, and my Millions fame dreams had come wildly true. But alas, he knew nothing about it.
The first post on “LOLerature” was made on October 22, days AFTER I’d set up “LOLrature”. I still can’t decide if this is intellectual property theft, or a really really bizarre coincidence.
If you’re out there, creator of “LOLeratre”, drop me a line…
*nb. You can find our much less funny blog at the now-useless URL: http://lolrature.tumblr.com/