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Parodies of classic literature

29 Nov 2023 06:09 #77597 by Thefirstone
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With a superwoman-related twist, of course.  A few ideas that have occurred to me:

Romeo and Juliet except taking place in a Dune-like future where humanity has returned to a feudal society and spread throughout the galaxy.  The guy is from a noble house with a fixation on advanced technology, and the girl from one with a focus on eugenics and genetic augmentation, making her strong, fast and tough enough to make the other house’s machinery look like a joke.

The Dunwich Horror: The titular monster and its brother are already effectively Raven before superheroes of any kind were really a thing (and if she were more cooperative with Trigon).

Questions?  Comments?  Any other ideas along that line?

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29 Nov 2023 08:38 #77599 by Woodclaw
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Something like this was in the cards for a workshop for a long time, but we never managed to make it into a good format.

Personally, I tried to write a two stories, one based on Conan the Barbarian and one based on The Big Sleep with a superwoman twist, but the enthusiasm died after a couple of chapters, I still have the drafts somewhere.

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29 Nov 2023 09:55 #77600 by tsuper
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When I hear this is hear something like blank but with superheroines the problem is that for example pride,prejudice and zombies is something that adds to the conflict and not auto solves it. A lot of the classics are people with problems

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29 Nov 2023 18:55 #77601 by Woodclaw
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When I hear this is hear something like blank but with superheroines the problem is that for example pride,prejudice and zombies is something that adds to the conflict and not auto solves it. A lot of the classics are people with problems
I can see your point, but I think that's exactly where you can tell the difference between a good reinvention and a bad one. I consider Pride, Prejudice and Zombies a pretty bad one because that element didn't add anything to the plot, nor any surprising twist to the story, it felt like an excuse to add action scenes to a story that didn't need them.
On the other hand, some of the good Marvel movies are built exactly on the premise of taking an established genre and adding superpowers to the mix. The first Ant-Man was a heist movie, Captain America: Winter Soldier was spy thriller and so on.

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30 Nov 2023 02:11 #77602 by MackTheMouse2
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 can see your point, but I think that's exactly where you can tell the difference between a good reinvention and a bad one. I consider Pride, Prejudice and Zombies a pretty bad one because that element didn't add anything to the plot, nor any surprising twist to the story, it felt like an excuse to add action scenes to a story that didn't need them.

Now that's interesting, because I feel the opposite - I watched Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and I could only stand to watch it because of the zombies. I felt that the original story seemed to come through despite the addition of the zombie theme, and wasn't overwhelmed by it, but carried the plot forward (and allowed the heroines some control over their lives because of that dynamic addition). I have no idea how closely it follows the original story but it sure felt like it was trying very hard to be true to the source material, and for me it was a definite improvement to tell that story in a new way.

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