Imagine a companion story to “Barney” by Will Stanton – “Barney 2.0.”
Think about the possibilities of a parallel story where a female rat also experienced “awakened intellectual curiosity.” Her name is … Barbara. (It has to be Barbara, I’ll tell you why if you ask after all stories are done.)
1. Begn the diray in trees in the stial of the ratt Barney.
2. Begin a new sequence of enlightened diary entries in the voice and style of Barbara.
No “R” rated male/female stuff for the rats, please. I could not handle that. Classical allusions, metaphors, allegory, suspicion, trickery, betrayals, violence, fear of isolation, love and loss. Barney and/or Barbara have “flipped through” more books. Go.
PG-13 ok. Imagine the musical soundtrack if you like, just no sex.
Have fun, but try to remain faithful to the purposes of Will Stanton in the original.
What does your “Barney 2.0” reveal about the human condition after critical examination?