Okay, I was getting bogged down with B-Movie, Steampunk and Medusa. It was too much, and so I decided I needed to take something away. So for now, B movies are gone.
So here's something interesting that I found.
A Beth Seelig who is a phsycologist and psychoanalyst, she holds an M.D. and lectures at various Universities. She wrote a journal entitled "The Rape of Medusa in the Temple of Athena: Aspects of Triangulation in the Girl." This journal entry is documented in a book entitled The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Here is an excerpt.
"The relationship between the Greek goddess Athena and her father Zeus, together with the competitive hostility she displays towards other females, is presented as illustrating some previously neglected aspects of triangular developmental conflicts in the little girl. Literature on 'the Oedipus complex in the female' is reviewed and discussed. The mythological early histories of both Athena and the female monster Medusa are examined for the light they can shed on female developmental vicissitudes and resultant conflicts in both women and men. Unconscious split representations of women as assertive, phallic and dangerous, or alternatively passive, castrated and receptive result in defensive repudiation of the idea that a woman can be both actively assertive and also feminine and sexual. Athena's enraged action of transforming the beautiful young maiden Medusa into a monster as punishment for the 'crime' of having been raped in her temple is discussed as illustrating an outcome of the lack of resolution of the little girl's early triangular conflicts."
So, my idea is to take this theory and turn the whole perception of Medusa on its head. When a person sees Medusa, they believe that what they are looking at is an evil woman. But I want to explore the notion that Medusa was indeed raped by Posidon, which would leave her being very broken and angry. Justifying her actions. So my idea of the story (I have to say, Dan Sperrin was a big help with getting this story going, big thanks to him!) is this:
The scene opens up with Medusa in her laire, sitting in a throne perhaps. Instantly people are thinking "Oh this is Medusa, what evil doings is going to go down now" (of course this is a very crude example! :D)
A bird flies in and lands on her finger, and Medusa looks at the bird which is chirping at her. But soon the bird starts turning to stone in her hand. At this point we see Medusa shed a tear.
I figure the bird would be a dove, as that is actually a symbol if innocence. I think that this would work well.
I really like this idea. I think that Steampunk would still work here, though I really question whether it's needed or not. In this scenario it might just be too distracting.
Any way, tell me what you think please guys. Theres quite a few other concepts in the previous four posts, so any thoughts on those too would be awesome.