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Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#1 Post by Rilxi » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:46 pm

I've been reading fairy tales, adaptations and the like lately. While there are some really good adaptations out there, I still think they could take it a step further. In fact, when I read Beastly, which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in modern times, I really liked it. But then I had one of those 'Holy Crack Monkeys!' thoughts that we all know we have.

What if the roles in Beauty and the Beast were reversed. This is done a little in Shrek. Fiona turns into an ogre at night. But of course, Shrek is already an ogre so he thinks she is attractive as an ogre.

So my thoughts are as such. Taking classic fairy tales and reverse the roles:
-Sleeping Beauty: the prince falls into an enchanted sleep and the princess wakes him from the enchanted sleep.
-The Little Mermaid: the mermaid is actually a merman who becomes human and tries to win the princess's love.
-Cinderella: (this one has been done. I believe it is Cinderlad.)
-Beauty and the Beast: the princess is changed into a beast for her monstrous behavior and the prince learns to love her anyways.

What do you think of changing the roles of the hero and the heroine? And do you think this could be worked well into a visual novel format without being ridiculously comical?
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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#2 Post by Marcelo_Orlando » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:58 pm

That is an interesting idea and I think it's worth a shot. It could work but it has to be written well or else you'll risk ending up with something comical. One thing would be to change the story almost completely leaving only the main story intact (the role switching). If you only twitch the story for the proper gender that would be in the comical style also.

As far as how this would work in the VN world, there are lots of activity games out for fairy tales, of course these are all designed for kids but that is something you would have to work on to make the game more serious.

I'd be interested to see what you come up with, good luck.
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#3 Post by YonYonYon » Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:36 pm

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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#4 Post by ririruetoo » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:10 pm

I think it sounds like a good idea!
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#5 Post by Rilxi » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:04 pm

That is too awesome Yon!

I think I'll play around with writing something like this and post it in Skill Development later. Thanks also for the advice Marcelo!
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#6 Post by Marcelo_Orlando » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:37 pm

Anytime Rilxi, and good luck with your story.
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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#7 Post by Auro-Cyanide » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:46 pm

A princess turning into a beast is similar to
Shrek
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That is probably I really good example of turning fairytales on their heads.

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#8 Post by broken_angel » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:21 am

Oh my gosh, I love this idea. *o* Gender role reversals for the win!

I'd especially want to see the Sleeping Beauty one (or would it be Sleeping Handsome? hehe).
If you don't write it, I just might. >D

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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#9 Post by HikkiPanda » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:28 am

I vote for the sleeping handsome ^^

It will be nice to see the heroine fight the witch to save her prince :D

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#10 Post by Rilxi » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:30 am

I might just have to write Sleeping Handsome then! Let's see what I can come up with by this weekend.

Oh my gosh! I just set myself a deadline! Dun dun dun!
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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#11 Post by Anthy » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:41 pm

Too bad my favorite fairy tales become way more damsel-in-distress when the roles are reversed (mine are The Wild Swans and The Snow Queen!!)
But I would also go crazy for a Little Merman, especially if it remains true to the original story. Tragic! I love Andersen's fairy tales.
Sleeping Handsome would be fun. And I wonder what a Manpunzel would be like. Manbelina would be weird, though that story's weird to begin with.

The basic premise of Wild Swans could probably be adapted into a VN easily without even reversing the character genders... female protagonist, a bunch of cursed princes to save... *_*

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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#12 Post by Omnificent » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:51 pm

Wouldn't Manbelina pretty much be Tom Thumb?
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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#13 Post by Crocosquirrel » Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:43 pm

Omnificent wrote:Wouldn't Manbelina pretty much be Tom Thumb?
Yes and no. You could take the story of Thumbelina and adapt it directly (with the proposed spouse being a shrew, rather than a gentlemanly old mole), but you'd have to watch the way you portrayed the poor guy.
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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#14 Post by Anthy » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:27 pm

Yep, it would be almost like a monster girl story
Possible routes would include 1. frog-girl 2. beetle girl 3. shrew girl 4. swallow girl and 5. fairy girl. Poor virginal Manbelina gets pulled around every which way by half-humans. Like I mentioned before, it would be WEIRD.

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Re: Beauty and the Beast Reversed

#15 Post by Marcelo_Orlando » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:34 pm

Weird can be a good thing.... :D
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