Triple F: If He Speaks For Trees, Who Speaks For Him?

How has your week been so far? That title is based on part of The Lorax book. I saw the movie last Sunday, which is what inspired this week’s Fabulous Fiction Friday prompt.

Oh, that, and because I enjoy books, movies, and pop culture in general. Yeah, that’s mostly the reason.

Let’s get to it.

This may be a little old, but it’s still good, even though I’ve seen this a lot of times over the years…

Here’s your Triple F prompt for today…

Take a story you know well, and write it from the antagonist’s perspective.

Now, this can be any story (even a previous story that you wrote yourself before today).

For The Lorax, that would be writing exclusively from the Lorax’s perspective, instead of the Onceler’s.

Which is something I’d like to explore, here—even though these characters are someone else’s property, and any result would be unsaleable, or at best, fan fiction.

This is fiction. We’re here to have FUN, okay? That’s the purpose, besides stretching the creative muscles.

So, how do we mix this up?

If The Lorax replaces the Onceler in the old house at the beginning of the book, what could that mean?

Is the house old, or well kept? Why?

Does the Lorax feels guilty for driving the Onceler away? Or will he be telling a story where everyone is happy because the Onceler didn’t come to ruin everything?

If the Onceler is stopped, the factories don’t get built. But there are no Thneed-things that were invented. How would this affect the economy in the story?

How does this affect the Onceler and his family, as well as the other folks who buy Thneeds, or would have bought them? Not really sure, but we can imagine.

Would the Onceler been able to make money some other way, if the Lorax had driven him off? There’s a good idea to run with.

Would the Lorax tell a story where everyone, including the Onceler, ended up happy? Again, I dunno.

The first full week of November is nearly over.

Make it a great weekend, with great memories, all right?

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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2 Responses to Triple F: If He Speaks For Trees, Who Speaks For Him?

  1. Carole Mertz says:

    Ty, I haven’t yet met the Lorax or the Onceler, but I love your approach to blogging anyway!

    • Ty Mall says:

      Thanks, Carole. And you should take a look at Dr. Suess’ books if you can–they’re classics. Guess I assumed a bit there about my audience. And even though they’re technically for kids, I never stopped reading books like Green Eggs And Ham, and all the rest. Oh, and they were funny, too. The books, not the kids…

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