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Darth_Mauve
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So I was running a bit of dialogue through my head for the finale of the 7th book in a series that I've yet to write more than two chapters of the first book of, when the heroine says, "you were just too close to the legends. Its like if someone from my world were to tie all the Big Bad Wolf stories together and discover some great secret meaning in them."

At which point I stopped creating this dialogue and began plotting out the story for a modern "Big Bad Wolf".

Now, I don't mean a "Big Wolf that the world misunderstands since wolves are such beautiful majestic and down right noble wild animals."

I am a firm backer of the noble wolf, and of many folks who are self-proclaimed Lone Wolf anti-heroes.

But for this story I want to create a true villian. He must be the worst kind of liar, trickster, murderer, and thief.

And each chapter, or perhaps each short story, will be a recreation of a classic story involving a "Big Bad Wolf."

So far I want to put Peter And The Wolf as an overarching story. The detective, Mr. Peter Stravinski of New Lobo New Mexico is on the trail of Thomas Wolfe.

I have "Wolf in Sheeps Clothing" where the wolf impersonates a bartender in order to get one of the ladies at the bar to take him home, where he robs and murders her.

I have a different version, "Wolf in Shepherds Clothing" involving murder and fraud from a "Buy Christian" turn of the tables.

I have the Three Little Pigs. Straw and twigs are old words for Balloon Mortgage and bad Loan.

Finally I have Little Red Riding Hood. Senior Care comes under the guns in this story.

Still, what other Wolf based stories am I missing?

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I think the idea's pretty cool. I had to look at the thread because I have my own idea for a Little Red Riding Hood retelling and when I saw the thread title I thought "Oh, crap! Is somebody else coming up with the same kind of thing I did." But, no, this is an entirely different animal.

I think you got pretty much all the well-known wolf stories. I wiki'd the subject and the only other familiar one I found was the boy who cried wolf.

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quote:
Originally posted by daventor:
I wiki'd the subject and the only other familiar one I found was the boy who cried wolf.

That could be an interesting one, too.

"He's having an illicit affair with my sister!"

"She's eighteen, and says their relationship is entirely consensual."

"He tried to get me to invest in an import/export business!"

"We checked it out- it's perfectly legitimate."

"And now he says I've become too much trouble, and he's going to sell my organs on the black market in Thailand!"

"Mr. Boyd, we've had quite enough of running around pursuing your inane attempts to persecute Mr. Wolfe..."

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Elizabeth
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What about a werewolf legend?
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Elizabeth
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Also, in Germanic myth, there is Fenris or something(which means wolf), which is where CS Lewis got the name for Fenris Ulf(I think.)

If you want to venture within the wolf family, there are many, many coyote trickster legends.

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Here you go:

http://home.comcast.net/~fenriswolves/new_fenris_site_003.htm

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Oooh yes, Fenris. Good wolf.

Well not good...

In college I wrote a poem comparing the University to some mythical Godshome. It contained the line,
"Fenris tied by nuclear chains" as a reference to the nuclear weapons research they were doing on campus. If it got out of control, like Fenris getting free, destruction would literally rain down on the world.

Now, lets see how can I put that in the story? Shall I have Wolfe take a hand at nuclear espionage?

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Have you been reading Fables? One of the main characters is Bigby Wolf, who is the Big Bad Wolf from all the stories. Last time I was reading, he was sheriff of Fabletown and married to Snow White. He's also the son of the North Wind, which explains the huffing and puffing.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vNk4K3YaIc
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quote:
Originally posted by Elizabeth:
What about a werewolf legend?

The main character could be a normal human being who becomes a psychopath once a month. Just change the name to Thomasina Wolfe.
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