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Want to try a game: "the story was really ______"?

Asked by Soubresaut (13714points) April 4th, 2016

Take a story, take its villainous or detested character(s), and make them the hero(es)! Develop a little synopsis to share with us, enjoy your artistic license, show us your wit… and don’t forget a title!

The Bride-Groom Prince
The story was really the tragedy of Prince Humperdinck, who dreams of a beautiful wife and a flourishing Florin, but realizes he can only have one. His reign is weakening, threatened by the centuries-rival to Florin, Guilder. To ensure the wealth and longevity of his country, he must remind the populous that Guilder is not to be trusted, despite their show of benevolence and generosity in recent years. He must unite the Florinians in their hatred of Guilder, as well as unite Florins’ sense of Florinian identity, and he must do so in a single swift move. He realizes the only solution, of course, is to sacrifice the woman he would have loved, the woman the country would have loved. He finds Buttercup, realizes she is the one, and with a heavy heart goes on with the evil task befallen on him. For the persistence of his kingdom he will sacrifice her. And his plan, intricate and subtle, might have worked—had it not been for the new Dread Pirate Roberts, Westley, Buttercup’s adolescent sweetheart. In Westley, Prince Humperdinck finds a foe on matters both of country and of love. Not under the burden of rule, Westley is free to love Buttercup in a way Humperdinck will never know. Not under the burden of Florin law or loyalty, Westley as a pirate is free to make a deal with Guilder: he will destroy Humperdinck’s last-ditch effort to defend his land against Guilder reign in exchange for a mighty sum. Ultimately, Westley is able to unravel Humperdinck’s careful plan, and steals away with Buttercup, leaving Humperdinck without any means to swiftly unite his people against the looming Guilder threat. In the end, Humperdinck is left with nothing but a mournful heart and a crumbling country.

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Should the story already exist in any form and my job be twisting it or should it be a completely made up one? Actually I have a hilarious fan interpretation of a movie and your thread seems to be a good place for me to unleash my demon >:D

Soubresaut's avatar

Unleash the demon! I was thinking about stories that already exist, but I realize now I didn’t make that terribly clear in the description, aha—my attempt/quick example above was on The Princess Bride :)

Jeruba's avatar

This is basically what Gregory Maguire did with Wicked. It seems to have been a success.

Mimishu1995's avatar

OK! You asked for it! Although it’s more “turn a hero into a villain” than the other way around.

Title: Du Rififi Chez les Garsons a ridiculous fan interpretation of the movie Du Rififi Chez les Hommes. Google the movie.

The story was really about a 13-year-old boy named Tony le Stephanois and his three friends, 9-year-old Jo le Suedois, 11-year-old Mario Ferrati and 10-year-old Cesar le Milanas. Tony was a frustrated teenager experiencing physical changes in his early teen body, and as a result looked “old” to his loyal friend Jo and the kids around his place. Tony also had a strong desire for attention and constantly rivaled two bullies: brothers Pierre and Louis Gutter. Tony and Jo often caused mischief around their place and in the latest incident Tony protected Jo by taking all the blame and was grounded for 5 days by his parents.

One day after being grounded, Tony was asked to join a plan of stealing some apples from the local grocery store by Jo and Mario. Tony was scared off by the big dog there and refused. But then that night he saw his crush Mado hanging out with Louis right after he was grounded. He was angered and the two had a big quarrel. Tony then immediately accepted Jo’s offer and asked everyone to aim for the fake jewery deep inside the store. Mario asked Cesar to join and the kids started to work out a plan to disable the dog. They eventually found out that they only needed to give the dog its favorite food: sticky mashmallow. Everything went as planned. The kids divided the jewelry and Tony sold his to an older boy, who paid him $30.

After the heist, Cesar gave a fake necklace to impress his school crush, who happened to study at the same school as Gutter brothers. Gutter brothers ambushed the girl and managed to track down Cesar, who was chickened enough to gave Mario away. The brothers tracked down Mario and beat him up for a confession, which result in Mario being unable to stand for days.

Tony and Jo found out that Gutter brothers knew about the heist. Tony confronted Cesar and punished him by turning him into a slingshot target. Gutter brothers wanted to take the jewery from Tony, so they stole Jo’s teddy bear (Jo had a guilty pleasure of playing with dolls and teddy bears) and threatened Jo and Tony to exposed the heist and Jo’s guilty pleasure to everyone. Tony asked Jo to stay calm while finding Gutter brothers. He managed to find Pierre Gutter, fed him with slingshot bullets and got the teddy bear back. But while Tony looked for Gutter brothers, Louis Gutter pressured Jo to gave him the jewelry and Jo rushed to him. While waiting for the jewelry, Louis found out that Pierre had been “killed” by Tony. When Jo showed up, the enraged Louis started beating him good. Tony arrived at the scene a bit too late when he could not find Jo at home. A stones vs slingshot fight occured, with Louis losing and Tony getting a big stone on the head. Tony found Jo in the same condition as Mario. He dragged him and the jewelry away while mourning his friend’s “death”. Tony passed out out of exhaustion and the headache after taking Jo back home. His parents and curious adults rushed to the scene and found some fake jewelry which was only worth about $5 in total.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Note: read the synopsis of the real movie and compare with my made up one to better see the humor.

Soubresaut's avatar

@Mimishu1995 Haha awesome! :) When I have a bit more time I’ll compare to the real movie’s synopsis—but it was entertaining even without more than a scanning-through of the other plot!

@Jeruba Yes! I adore Wicked… I’ve never thought of The Wizard of Oz the same way! ... I was thinking of that, and also a joke I’ve seen in several sitcoms, where a character of the sitcom roots for the “bad guys” in movies—though I certainly wasn’t trying to make my attempt a convincing hero!

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