The Diva and the Fairy
I created the Scratch animation, “The Diva and the Fairy” as my response to a project to create an interactive ethical story. An ethical story is a story that gives off a moral message. Usually the main character is stuck between two decisions: one moral, and one immoral. The immoral decision usually benefits the main character in a way. When it comes to making decisions like this, many people would have to face falling into their own temptations or doing what’s morally right.
My story is about a famous teenage singer, who became known from her beautiful singing voice as well as her diva-like behavior. One night, a fairy goes into her room to stop her bad behavior; but the starlet angers the fairy, causing the fairy to take away her most prized possession: her voice. She warns the diva that she come back to visit her in a week. If the diva’s behavior changes, the fairy will give her voice back. If the diva’s behavior remains the same, she will lose her voice forever. Since the diva has lost her voice, her agent kicks her out because she is not useful anymore. The sad diva wanders around until she finds herself in the woods. Soon it suddenly starts to snow. As the weather gets worse, she finds a cabin as well as a drowning little boy. She comes across the decision to save the boy or to get shelter in the cabin. The ethical decision would be to save the boy, even if it meant losing the chance to find shelter.
My story was inspired by the concept of the Disney story, “Beauty and the Beast.” In this story, I told it from somewhat from the Beast’s point of view. Both main characters in the two stories lost something that was very important to him/her. The Prince lost his good looks and was turned into a beast, and the Diva lost her singing voice. I also used the same idea of having the main character do something morally good to gain his/her prized aspect back. In the story, the Beast has to find love by his 21st birthday and the Diva has to change her bad behavior by a week. I decided on using this story because it is one of my most favorite Disney stories, and because it gives off a good message. Both of the characters got into this situation by having bad behavior, and the two also got out of it by meeting someone who has pure-hearted.
I think I was successful in creating my story because my story in Scratch is at least three minutes long, is interactive because the player can affect the outcome of the story, has an ethical decision from two different decisions, has at least two branches of the story with distinct endings that depend on the player’s ethical decision, I gave credit to the original author and the images, and the story is appropriate to a 13 year old.