The other night, my wife mentioned her friend’s husband looks like me and has the same interests. I was talking with my son and mentioned that I must have another doppelganger. (Yes, that’s the second one.) My son asked what a doppelganger was so I explained it to him and, as I mentioned in previous posts, considered what I was telling him. That’s when a new concept struck me.
Since I use Dramatica Theory, here is the start of the plot outline:
Grand Argument – Is it our actions that define us or is it something deeper?
Story Goal – Shanna attempts to get the doppelganger captured without it getting killed.
Consequence – The doppelganger will kill her to cover its tracks and then find a new host.
- Shanna must identify that her husband is, indeed, a doppelganger and not her real husband.
- Shanna must find a way to prove that the doppelganger isn’t her real husband.
- The authorities will have to be convinced to take the creature alive instead of hunting it down and killing it.
- The doppelganger is able to pass a lie detector test.
- It remembers events that only Shanna and her husband would know.
- It refuses a blood test.
- It becomes distant and brooding, watching her closely.
- Shanna loses her real husband, Derek.
- She is ostracized by Derek’s family.
- Shanna becomes a suspect in several unsolved murders.
- She is able to demonstrate that the doppelganger doesn’t have Derek’s athletic ability.
- Shanna is able to corner the doppelganger and get it to confess to her.
- Shanna successfully locates her real husband’s body and positively identifies him.
- Shanna notices that after coming home from a car accident, her husband begins to act “different”; he has more energy and seems oddly happier.
- With the finding of the body, she makes a positive ID and moves suspicion to the doppelganger when it won’t agree to a blood test.
- The FBI is aware that it is a creature and want to have it killed, she appeals to their more curious side convincing them that it should be studied instead of killed.
- I really need to work these out
So I really need to work on Shanna, get her story figured out because I need to work out why she would want anything other than having the doppelganger killed. Her reasoning would be based on attachment; the creature looks and acts like her husband, but it obviously isn’t. It will need to calm her down and try to appeal to her caring side. Again, needs work.
I also need to work out the character matrices to make sure the characters fill all the dramatic roles.
Issues aside, this story does provide a chance for me to explore a more dramatic approach than Advent Overkill. The doppelganger provides me with a more sympathetic and well rounded character than Overkill and also provides me with a greater opportunity to explore attachment and the psyches of forgiveness and compassion.