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  1. Hi Sophie! I loved exploring your website and reading your plan for your storybook. This is a great idea, and I think it will resonate with a wide audience as so many people can relate to Disney and the princess stories and strong facets of people's childhoods. The villains are often misunderstood, and I know that we love a happy ending which is why I love fairytales, but it is interesting to write from the villains' perspectives.

    Are you planning on retelling the entire story, from the villains' perspectives? Or are you thinking you will choose a few scenes and go into more details for those scenes? I think that could be interesting, as it may allow you to delve deeper into their minds and really evaluate their motives and intentions.

    What made you choose those three princesses? I like them all, but is there anything particular about them that made you choose them? If so, you could add that to your author's note.

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  2. Hey Sophie, I really like the direction you want to take these princess stories in. I'm doing a similar thing too with trying to explore more of the villains perspective. Do you plan on changing the stories very much from the originals? I think having a villain or two succeed in their story could let you explore some uncharted territory that does not have a happy ending. We have heard so many stories about overcoming evil and chaos, but not much about why those evil forces do what they do. Will you be giving some backstory before the real story begins? Things like villains origins and past experiences with the heroes could really shape how they interact with each other. Especially with the Disney princess stories, there seems to be an evil that's a lot worse than what it seems if you really think about it. I hope you're able to explore these concepts and why the villain thinks what they are doing is justified.

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  3. Hey Sophie. I love this idea for a storybook. You are right, without the villains there would be no story. I personally think that the villains are the best part of the stories because they create the conflict that the main characters must resolve and in doing so they learn lessons and teach them to us too. I think you chose three great stories to do, they all have prominent villains, I am eager to see how you retell them from the villains perspective. I wonder, will you choose to retell the entire story or just use a few scenes? I would also like to know why you chose those three stories, is there any specific reason. I think you are on a good track with this storybook and I cannot wait to read more of it!

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  4. Hey Sophie!
    I cannot wait to see what you do with your storybook. I enjoyed how you laid everything out for the reader and told them what to expect from your readings. Are you going to divulge a bit into the background of the villains and why they are the way they are or are you just going to pick it up from the original spots in the stories? I think that you could do so much with this. If you wanted to divert from the traditional happy ending maybe see if you want one of your villains to prevail in the end, a bit of a plot twist.
    I think that you chose some really good stories with eccentric and evil villains. All of them have their little henchmen in a way that you can also use them too to help convey your stories some more. Overall, I am excited to read more from you. It is time that the villains get the spotlight for a little bit!

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  5. Hi Sophie, This is an awesome topic and would be so much fun to write. There are two sides to every story and though it never seems like it in the heroine's version there has to be a reason for the villain to do what they do. This concept is great and I love the ones you have chosen. Right away the graphic for Evil on a light bright caught my attention. It is interesting that everything is muted colors with the neutral grey since princess stories are always so full of color, it shows this will be different. Are you going to be pulling the inspiration from small hints in the princess stories for the villains intentions or is it going to be you coming up with your own reasons why they do what they have done? Are you going to try and humanize them a little or just leave them as completely evil? There is a lot of room for embellishments so I think this will be great topic to run away with and have fun.

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  6. Hi Sophie,

    I'm really excited to see how your storybook turns out! These are all stories we are familiar with in this age group because we grew up watching Disney princess movies. There have been tons of remakes of these movies in different settings or with twists, but hardly ever from the villain's point of view. Your website was very easy to navigate, and I like how the color scheme and overall visual aesthetics really reinforced the villain theme of the storybook, with the dark clouds and black and whites. How are you planning on capturing the backstory of the villain in some of these stories? This might be a bit challenging when spinning off from the original stories because you only see it from the character until their interaction with the villain. You have a lot of room to be creative so I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this!

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  7. Hi Sophie,
    Very nice choice of topic to write about. I am so familiar with these stories because I grew up watching Disney princess movies. I can see how challenging it's going to be to retell their stories but from the villain's point of view. A Princess life is so colorful but when adding the evil hint on it, it becomes more interesting. I wonder if you are going to make those princess be a little more modern. I would recommend trying to humanize the evil a bit, where after doing all the evil things they look back and see that he did wrong (remorse) and will try to make things right. Maybe explain also why they ended up being the evil that they are. Will you be giving the backstory before you tell yours? That will help refresh memory. I can't wait to see how your storybook turns out.

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  8. Hi Sophie!

    I really love your concept for your storybook. People always overlook the villain just because they're the "bad guy", but you're right- with no bad guy, there's no real story! I love the dark clouds for your banner image; it gives your storybook a gloominess and evil that's very appealing for your topic. This idea reminds of the Disney Channel Original Movie series called "Descendants", which I have always enjoyed. It's basically a trilogy about the journeys of the kids of certain villains trying to acclimate to a normal life with the children for the heroes.

    I really enjoyed your story. I like how the Evil Queen would continuously check on her scheme to see if it was going successfully, only to be frustrated by the mirror when Snow White was still alive. It was fun getting to see the story from another perspective of a villain getting updates on their plot, only to suddenly see it was foiled, only to be confused how they failed because the Evil Queen was not there to see the Prince save Snow White. Good job!

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    1. Hello,
      I accidentally deleted my previous comments. So, here it is again. haha

      I really enjoyed your introduction. I agree with you. Giving the villains a viewpoint, whether they are still bad or were secretly a good person, like Wicked, is still a great way to twist the original story.

      There is a small grammar issue in the third paragraph. Our brain thinks faster than our fingers and skips words. So, I understand it happens to me too.

      Now, I have to ask who's going to be the villain in The Little Mermaid story? There was a sea witch, but if I remember it correctly in the original story she wasn't evil. She wanted to help the little mermaid, but giving her legs was going to be painful.
      I'm curious to see if you go a Disney route and make her as cruel and manipulative as Ursula. Fun Fact, did you know, in the film, Ursula was at one point in the story going to be King Triton's sister. I think it would be cool is you considered an idea like this. However, I'm sure whatever you have planned is going to be great!
      I can't wait to read your stories.

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  10. Hi Sophie!

    I read over your first story in your project and as a Disney fan, I love it! I have always thought the villain's were a cool and interesting character in all of the movies (especially Hades, he is my favorite) but they are always overlooked for a different part of the story. I love that you included their side of the story and that is what is the main plot line. The story of the evil queen and Snow White is a good one to begin with. There were many more attempts than were included in the movie and I liked that you went through all of them. I, also, appreciated the author's note because it added an extra layer of information for those who do not know the story. If I had to make a critique, I would add more details to the death attempts put on Snow White. It is very apparent the queen is going through a lot of effort, but we only know she fails.

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  11. Hi Sophie! I think the idea of telling stories from the villain's perspective is great! I think it will be especially interesting if you end up writing about any of the villains who have a perspective that can be sympathized with. Disney villains have a tendency to just be "pure evil" since it's targeted towards a younger audience, but I think a really cool way to rewrite the stories would be to make the villains relatable to the reader. Disney has always painted the heroine/hero and villain as very black and white, but I think it would be interesting to tackle the grey area where the reader can actually relate to the villain, and maybe make them see the story in a completely different way. Overall, I love the concept that you chose and I'm excited to see what other villains you pick for the rest of your stories!

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  12. Hi Sophie! I really like your idea for your storybook. You're absolutely right when you say that there would be no story without the villain. Stories are all about conflict. Our villains provide that conflict.

    I thought your intro page was great. It gets straight to the point and lets the reader know what they're about to find in the book. I think it may be worth your time to do a quick readthrough and tighten up some of the writing.

    You did a great job telling the story of snow white from the villains perspective. I wondered if you were going to still show us Snow White's actions. I think not doing so was a good choice. We feel the confusion and bewilderment of our villain (well now she's our protagonist) because of it. I wonder if a bit more information about why the villain takes their actions would be helpful. Why is she so jealous? Why is it important that she be the fairest of them all? I'd love to really feel bad for our villain now that we're seeing her perspective. Also, I am a bit confused as to who Snow White's mother is. In your author's note, it says she is the queen, but Snow White becomes her queen in the end. How does that happen?

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  13. Hi Sophie! I really liked the homepage of your project. Even before your reader gets to the introduction and subsequent story, they have a good idea as to what to expect to see throughout the storybook. The theme of your project is fascinating as well! I like the idea of shedding light on the villain's perspectives in certain stories. After all, people say that history is told by the winners. And it seems like many villains have interesting origins stories that show how they turned out. The introduction seems perfect for the project! You go into more detail about what the reader will expect. I like that all of the villains that you picked out are from classic fairy tales that hopefully a lot of people have heard. It is cool that your first story gives a sort of prologue to the queen and snow white. Through her interactions the mirror, we can see her deterioration into the villain she is known to be. Great work on this story!

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  14. Hi Sophie! I'm from the Indian Epics course so your storybook was a super exciting change for me to read. I like both the title of your storybook and your introduction very much. You really prepared the reader for what was to come in the following pages of the project. I do have some notes for you to consider after reading your first story about Snow White. First of all, I think it is important for you to remain consistent when you capitalize Snow White's name. Sometimes you would capitalize White and other times you would write her name as 'Snow white.' Next, it would be more satisfying and easier for the reader to follow if you were consistent in your spacing with the dialogue throughout your story. At some points you would have "The mirror said:" then the mirror's dialogue on the immediate line after, and other times you would double space the dialogue. I think the way you began the story was the best way to do it as it was easy to follow who was speaking throughout that portion of the story by merely looking at the layout. In your author's note, you mention that Snow White's mom is the queen, but at the end of your story Snow White is the queen. I think it would be cool if you could clarify how Snow White became queen in your story even thought it is being told from the villain's point of view. Overall, great job! I really enjoyed reading your storybook!

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