A Fish out of Water

The “fish out of water” approach  is one of my favorite ways to create a story.  Take someone and place them in an environment where they “don’t belong” and you can not only have a lot of fun, but you can also reveal a great deal about people and their beliefs.

A number of stories have used this approach — DAVE (a Presidential lookalike who actually becomes President for awhile), THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (Royal and Commoner exchange places), BIG (a boy becomes a man), 13 GOING ON 30 (a girl becomes a woman), RANGO ( regular chameleon is mistaken for a gunfighter and made the sheriff) … well, you get the idea.

“Heaven’s Above!” a 1963 film starring Peter Sellers does a fascinating take on this concept.

What if the minister of a church actually believed and lived the teachings of the Bible?

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