A Buddy, A Spiderman Story, And Triple F…

A good friend of mine, Ben, who I’ve learned a lot from (and who I wrote about) shared a bit of trivia with me over Facebook a few days back.

We were talking about the Amazing Spider-Man movies (and I FINALLY got the name right). Anyway, he said he hadn’t seen the second movie, but had heard things about it.

I told him that I was surprised the girl in the story wasn’t named Mary Jane (Emma Stone’s character is Gwen Stacy).

Anyway, he told me that Gwen Stacy was actually Peter’s girlfriend before Mary Jane is, in the Spider-Man universe.

Something I didn’t know.

That got me thinking about something interesting for the fiction prompt this week.

So here’s Fabulous Fiction Friday…

Take an element of any story (yours, a movie, someone else’s, what-have-ya), and switch it out, or take it out entirely. Now, what happens?

For the Spider-Man universe, we could:

Have Mary Jane become Peter’s girlfriend first

Have Gwen be Peter’s only girlfriend

Make it so that Mary Jane and Gwen both become interested in Peter at the same time

We could also make it so that Peter is never bitten by a spider—but then we wouldn’t have a story. Nah.

Anyway, how is Peter’s life (or your character’s if you’re doing your own) different as a result of this one change?

This is supposed to be fiction, which is the whole point.

Why? Because fiction helps us look at things in new ways—ways we may not see otherwise if we weren’t free to make things up as we went along.

Usually I do something that’s more general for Triple F, and come up with a whole bunch of suggestions.

But with millions of stories out there, and probably billions of changes (like having someone else survive the whaling in Moby Dick instead of Ishmael), I can’t really do that. This post would literally be miles long.

This is meant as a jump-start, not an exhaustive list (although it might be fun to try to do a post like that).

And as far as Spider-Man, I’m open for any correcting—I don’t know the circumstances that lead to Mary Jane becoming Peter’s girlfriend, outside of movies and TV.

By next Monday, December will be almost half over.

Make it an awesome 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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