Erinys wrote:P.S. So far as adolescent power fantasies are concerned--it is arguably the case that the majority of Hivers do not ever get over them, because they cannot. Hiver workers tend to fantasize about being clever, and solving problems non-violently: they would idolize heroes like Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, famous lawyers and scientists, etc.. Warriors tend to appreciate stories about heroes who make liberal use of violence, or embrace serious personal risks. They enjoy stories about police, soldiers, bodyguards, etc.. "Buddy pictures" in Hiver cinema invariably involve a worker and a warrior, often from different clans, who learn to cooperate to solve a problem or series of problems.
So, I finally got around to watching Wreck It Ralph shortly after first reading that, and it resulted in a weird thought that has been fermenting in my brain for a while:
You are the director/screenwriter team tasked with adapting Wreck it Ralph for a Hiver audience. What do you do?
Here are my thoughts:
The Raplh-Vanelope arc would be pretty easy to adapt. Ralph's backstory would be a clanless warrior, instead of a displaced vagrant. Vanelope would be a juvenile royal (whether prince or princess would be the stuff of internet flamewars). Ralphs quest for acceptance becomes a desire to gain a family, and he ultimately becomes a surrogate father figure/nurse to the Vanelope.
Now, the FIx-It-Felix/Calhoun arc is where it gets interesting. I see two ways it could go.
1) Fix-It Felix is a worker, Calhoun is a warrior, possibly another clanless. Story is shifted from being a romance to a standard Hiver buddy story.
2) Fix-It Felix is a prince (probably a reborn worker). Calhoun is split into a princess and a group of warriors serving her, with the princess acting largely as C&C. The romance arc of the original is preserved.
Either way, the bug enemies would probably be replaced with something more mammalian.
I have no idea what they would do with the main villain though.
For some reason I've been thinking how a human would adapt Fury Road
to a Hiver audience. I'd wager the setting would be similar (society completely collapsed from inter-clan warfare).
Max, of course, would be the clanless warrior that's been roaming the desert for years. Still has hallucinations of all the people he couldn't save.
Immortan Joe would be a Queen/Princess who's completely lost her mind (a female leading a war band? Society really has
collapsed). "Immortal Storm", let's call her, still holds onto an aquifer like the original version and has alliances with nearby Queens/Princesses for supplies. In this version, she's still obsessed with having an heir free of mutations like Joe is in the original.
The Five Wives are now The Five Princes, ones who know that if they don't escape, their future sons will only know madness and tyranny.
Furiosa (now Furious Sand) is another Prince or even another Warrior given the task of guarding the Five Princes, and begins to have second thoughts of serving Immortal Storm when he realizes just how far gone she is.
The basic plot of Fury Road follows. "Max" gets captured by Immortal Storm's warriors, Sand absconds with the Five Princes, and a long road war ensues as Immortal Storm tries to get them back, only to die like Immortan did in the original (face torn off by the wheels of her own truck).
Probably glanced over by Hiver Workers, but a huge hit with Warriors.