What if?

Featured imageBuzzfeed reimaged Harry Potter as if Hermoine Granger was the main character.  And it was awesome! It got me thinking.  If you could change the main character of any story, who would it be and why?  I mean, what if it was Peeta, the Golden Boy instead of Katniss, the Girl on Fire? Or if Dr. Watson was the detective who solved the crimes and not Sherlock Holmes?  What if Twilight’s main couple was Alice and Jasper, instead of Bella and Edward and Jacob?  What if it was Annabeth Chase and the Olympians instead of Percy?

So tell us, which supporting characters, would you promote to the main character and why? How would it change the story? Let’s hear it.

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7 thoughts on “What if?

  1. It’s an interesting topic to ponder. There already is a James Bond novel series from the perspective of Miss Moneypenny, which I plan to get to. They are written by Samantha Weinberg (although she uses the pseudonym Kate Westbrook) and they’ve received high praise from fans. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2520149.The_Moneypenny_Diaries?ac=1

    With Sherlock Holmes, most of those stories are written from the perspective of Watson, but I suppose it might be interesting to have more Watson-centric stories like much of Hounds of the Baskervilles where Sherlock Holmes lets Watson do a good deal of the investigating before showing up towards the end.

    Whenever I think of this topic though I’ve always thought the story of Liz told from the perspective of Javert would make for a great retelling. Although I’ve never read the novel, I think the character at least from the adaptations that I’ve seen is incredibly misunderstood. Strangely enough an episode of Star Trek:Deep Space Nine called “For the Uniform” first brought this to light for me. THere’s a character who the captain must hunt down because he betrayed Starfleet when siding with a group of rebels who have been driven from there home. The character uses the story of Les Miz to intimidate Captain Sisko portraying himself as a hero like Javerty while the captain doing his duty is seen as Javert. Captain Sisko uses the comparison between their characters to his advantage and it’s actually quite a good take on the story by changing the perspective of how we interpret it. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/For_the_Uniform_%28episode%29

    Anyway, I just thought I’d chime in.

  2. I was going to use Miss Moneypenny and James Bond but I was pretty sure that someone had already wrote that.

    Les Mis from Javert’s prespective would be interesting. he’s a man just doing his job, however long it takes.

    • In the novels, Miss Moneypenny is M.’s secretary while Bond has his own personal secretary named Loelia Ponsonby. In between missions, Bond pretty much as a regular office job with tedious paperwork that needs to get filed so I suppose there’s an opening for a story told from Ms. Ponsonby’s perspective. The films have never used Ms. Ponsonby since James Bond is perpetually in the field and I suppose the notion that he does office work in between missions isn’t as exciting as just imagining Bond constantly in the field.

  3. Twilight from Anna Kendrick’s (I can’t remember her character’s name) perspective. Or, Charlie’s perspective! Then it would be a tragedy about domestic violence. Harry Potter, at least book 7 from Neville’s perspective. I love me some Neville Longbottom.

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