July 13, 2012

Powwow Shades of Grey

Ryan McMahon's Powwow Shades Of Grey twitter novel is taking off

By Cate FriesenFifty Shades of Grey is becoming the fastest-selling book series of all time. Not bad for an erotic trilogy, penned by British writer E.L. James, that started out as piece of fan fiction inspired by the Twilight series.

Like James, Winnipeg comedian Ryan McMahon was just having a little fun when he tweeted "She had dirt under her fingernails from chasing her kids around the powwow grounds all day & she smelled like camp fire. #PowwowShadesOfGrey."

Now McMahon, who is on the road to becoming one of Canada's most popular Aboriginal comedians, is gaining new followers every day as he hammers out chapter five of Powwow Shades of Grey.

He describes his twitter novel as "one man's journey of love findin', weekend snaggin', heartbreakin' and gettin' heartbroken, all while enjoying the powwow trail during one crazy summer."
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Ryan McMahon's Angry Comedy.

1 comment:

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


Ryan McMahon Innovates With ‘Powwow Shades of Grey’ Twitter Fiction

Aboriginal comedian Ryan McMahon is trying another method in this emerging genre—one that attempts to preserve the gimmicky qualities inherent in the Twitter fiction form. On July 5th, the Ojibway-Metis comic from Winnipeg, Canada began tweeting Powwow Shades of Grey, a spoof on E.L. James’ bestselling erotic trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey. Set against the backdrop of a weekend powwow somewhere in Indian country, McMahon’s first-person narrative follows a young man in his quest to sleep with Glenda Old Crow, a no-nonsense Native woman who wears Coors Light t-shirts, cutoff jeans and a scowl on her face that says “don’t fuck with me.” No, this isn’t mommy porn, but rather a Twitter tale infused with raunchy humor and nuanced portrayals of a slice of contemporary indigenous life.

Since it started two weeks ago, Powwow Shades of Grey has been developing into a series of plot-driven chapters emerging from McMahon’s Twitter feed (@RMComedy). Those tweets are then packaged as installments using the curating site Storify. The platform, widely used by journalists and bloggers, is intended to preserve real-time social media moments in which selected tweets, videos, photos and the like can be organized to tell a linear story. McMahon’s microfiction may represent the first time the site has ever been used to publish a Twitter novella. A spokesman for Storify said they can’t recall this happening ever before.