In a number of stories, there is this idea of "someone is adopted and the adoptive parents turn out to be evil/want to use them". Even in stories like "Rapunzel", where even though it's never said, everyone assumes that the sorceress is evil. Right now I'm drafting an Urban Fantasy
retelling of the Sigurd The Dragon Slayer legend, where this trope pops up and I want to subvert it.
The hero is a prince who is born after his pregnant mother fled to another court in the aftermath of a battle where her husband was killed. She marries the other king, and then when the hero's born he goes to live with a dwarf blacksmith as a foster son. His foster father treats him well, but it eventually turns out he is being raised so that the foster father, who's the youngest son of the murdered king of the dwarves (at least in the version I'm familiar with) can reclaim a hoard of treasure from a dragon as compensation for his older brother's death, and he wants to kill the hero and take the treasure for himself.
Now in my version, (incidentally set in the same universe and fictional city as my main Urban Fantasy
project) the hero is your average teenage boy, being raised by an exiled dwarf prince who wants his treasure (and kingdom) back. How do I subvert the "evil adoptive parent"? After all, if someone really loves a child, they don't try to kill them.
edited 16th Feb '13 8:09:26 PM by MorwenEdhelwen