Oct 25 2010

Reference question: stories about job changes

Published by at 12:41 pm under Writing Articles

What are some interesting books or movies where a character struggles to adjust to a new job?  (Any genre).  Thanks, I appreciate your suggestions.

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9 Responses to “Reference question: stories about job changes”

  1. B. Macon 25 Oct 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I’m asking because most superhero stories feature a character adjusting to a new job (namely, becoming a superhero), so I’m sort of interested to see what sort of stories handled something remotely similar and struck your fancy.

    Some examples that stick out to me:
    –The Santa Clause (businessman –> Santa Claus)
    –Chuck (ersatz Best Buy salesman –> spy)
    –Too many anime stories to mention (ordinary high school student –> supernatural guardian)
    –Red (spies/assassins –> pensioners)
    –Toy Story 3 (Andy’s toys –> daycare center toys –> another child’s toys)
    –Maybe Casino Royale (James Bond in his “first” job as 007)
    –Transcendence, by Jared Teer (soldier –> superhero)
    –Pretty much every zombie story (boring regular job –> zombie survivor/urban survivalist)

  2. Dillanon 25 Oct 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Hey what do you think about Hero’s complex for a team names

  3. Anonymouson 25 Oct 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Ahm, Devil Wears Prada leaps to mind. (Young woman desperate to become a writer works at a fashion magazine for one year to open doorways and finds herself a fish out of water.)

  4. Mr. Briton 25 Oct 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Garth Ennis’ ongoing comic book series ‘The Boys’ features a normal guy become a sort of superhero policeman in a world that brutally perverts both DC and Marvel and is well worth having a look at for that aspect alone. It’s a very graphic series (It is Ennis after all) but it’s well worth a look and handles the fish out of water aspect very well.
    Also quirky english comedy series ‘The IT Crowd’ features a mostly normal woman struggling with being given a job as head of an IT department staffed by two nerds. It’s hilarious and doesn’t resort to mocking ‘nerd’ stereotypes in the same way many series featuring similar characters do.

  5. Beccaon 25 Oct 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Well, I’m reading a YA fantasy book called Rampant by Diana Peterfreund. It’s about a world in which unicorns are real, vicious man-eating creatures, and the main character is struggling with the newfound realization that she is a unicorn hunter, a virgin descendant of Alexander the Great. She’s kind of a superhero, because as a hunter she’s one of the few people in the world who can kill unicorns and control them. She’s torn between using her powers to save people, and wanting to save the unicorns from humans who want to hunt them to extinction.

    And there’s also the fact that in order to keep her unicorn hunting powers, she must remain a virgin forever 😛 So I’d say she’s adjusting to a demanding job.

  6. Loysquaredon 25 Oct 2010 at 8:45 pm

    What about Dave from Kick-Ass? From high school student > amateur superhero > common thug with a machine gun, lol
    Or Hagrid from Harry Potter? From ground, keys and gamekeeper at Hogwarts > teacher of care of magical creatures
    Even Zuko from ATLA. A banished prince > something of a bounty hunter > fugitive > firelord. Hope this helps :s

  7. B. Macon 25 Oct 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I would venture to say he’s definitely an UNCOMMON thug. He’s got a jet-pack!

  8. Loysquaredon 26 Oct 2010 at 12:35 am

    What I meant with that, is his “epic” appeareance in a sticky situation with a HUGE mid-air machine gun. It reminded me of every single gangsta movie ever made, lol.

  9. ekimmakon 03 Nov 2010 at 3:48 am

    Case Closed:

    Jimmy Kudo
    High School Mystery Genius -> First Grader

    He has to try and find a way to return to normal, while solving the cases that come his way.

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