Serendipitous Inspiration #13 — The Big Bad Wolf

Okay, I know what you’re thinking.  Fairy tales now Vince?  Have we really gone that far down the rabbit hole already?

Well, yes and no.  While I’m not going down the Brothers Grimm rabbit hole with this one I am falling down another one dug by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.

You may or may not know their name, they’re a band from the 60’s.  Their most famous track is Woolly Bully, a song which I’m not sure even has actual lyrics to.

Now, while I will admit to the occasional head bopping to that track, my all time favorite track of theirs is clearly Little Red Riding Hood.

It’s loosely based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but with the interesting twist of it being written from the Big Bad Wolf’s point of view.  You know how I have a weakness for the misunderstood villain and all, and this song only heightens my enjoyment.

If you haven’t heard the song, or if you have and you want to hear it again, this is for your viewing pleasure:

Now I understand, the Big Bad Wolf does come off a little rapey (is that even a word?  I don’t think so) and creepy, but there is a valuable lesson to be learned which not only transfers to your own writing, but to the understanding of life as well.

Some people are Permanently Left of Center.(Post coming Monday!)

Now, I do intend on doing a post on that in more detail soon, but I’ll give you the quick and dirty points as they apply to the wolf here.

No matter how much he may genuinely be curious about the poor innocent Little Red Riding Hood, but he’s still a predator.  He’s still a wolf.

What does that mean?

He’s going to be predatory whether he wants to be or not, hence him wearing the sheep suit.

You see, it would never occur to the Big Bad Wolf to go up to Little Red and say something like, “Hey, I know I’m a wolf, but you look like someone I’d like to get to know.”

No, he has to try to hide what he is until he’s got her just where he wants her.

Just like a pack of wolves would hunt their prey.

Now how does this translate to people and the whole Permanently Left of Center idea?

Things happen in people’s lives that shape and mold them.  Sometimes these things permanently shift not only their perspective, but their personality.

In the wolf’s case it’s his predatory nature.

In a human’s case it could be anything.

This could account for any type of human behavior.  Being overly shy, aggressive, violent, helpful, whatever.

It doesn’t matter.

But once one of these  shifts happen, every single idea or behavior that character/person will have is permanently colored by that shift.

It’s a very interested concept and one that I see often in the world in the people around me.  It’s also something I try to keep in mind when I right.

It’s one of the key guides I use to make sure my characters are staying in character, and it’s something that everyone would benefit from keeping in mind.

So what do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  Think I’m nuts?  Whatever you’re thinking leave your thoughts in the comments section.


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One response to “Serendipitous Inspiration #13 — The Big Bad Wolf

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