In reflection of this class, there was one dynamic and defining choice I made during the semester. That choice, was to completely overhaul and rewrite my fairy-tale adaptation, give it a different direction and a more original story while paying homage to my sources. The original story itself was a loose adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin with elements of Road to El Dorado and King Midas thrown in, more so the latter than the former. While the story was given pretty receptive and encouraging praise from my peers, I felt like it was missing something, essentially, missing the point of writing our own story. So, I rewrote it from scratch, keeping the female protagonist, Aurea, but instead of having her taken by a Monarch to use her famed “golden touch” I instead had her climb up a mountain and become trapped within. She eventually has to mine herself out through a gold vein in the wall while being followed by an old man who picked up the pieces after her. One of the themes I was going for was Gold as Fertility, and in this sense it worked much better, with Aurea picking up small gold pieces and stuffing them in her shirt, swelling it, and as she worked her feet and back ached and swelled, reflecting pregnancy, or literally fertile with wealth. Not to mention having a mysterious child by the end of the story whilst being well set financially for her family and herself.
Now, the obvious consequences for this choice were; more work for me, and having to revise a story and make another one from scratch. Fortunately, I had been visualizing the story in my head for a few days, so I was able to roll with it right off the bat, though it still took me some time to make sure I had what I needed and to keep it at a reasonable length for the nature of the class. In the end, I thought it was worth it, the story was so much better in my mind, and had it’s own identity even if it borrowed elements of other stories. I think it was a more worthwhile story for people to read and enjoy, and I think the end justified the means of doing more work for a better put together project.
I feel I would have made this decision regardless of the audience, save perhaps for young audiences who can’t really get the symbolism of pregnancy or like, nor would I like to put the idea of wealth being the end all for a good life to them. I think it takes a mindset that’s more mature to read into the subtext of gold and fertility, so aside from younger audiences, I believe that most audiences of an analytical mindset, or those interested in reading a short story in general would enjoy it, which at the end of the day, is my intent.