Body swap

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A body swap is a storytelling device seen in a variety of science and supernatural fiction, in which two people (or beings) exchange minds and end up in each other's bodies. In media such as television and film, the device is an opportunity for two actors to temporarily play each other's characters,[1] although in some cases, dialogue is dubbed by the original actors.

There are different types of body swapping. For non-technology swapping, switches can be caused by magic items such as amulets, heartfelt wishes, or just strange quirks of the universe. The switches typically reverse after the subjects have expanded their world views, gained a new appreciation for each other's troubles by literally "walking in another's shoes" and/or caused sufficient amounts of farce. Notable examples include the books Vice Versa (1882) and[2] Freaky Friday (1972),[3] as well as the film versions of both.

Switches accomplished by technology, exempting gadgets advanced sufficiently to appear as magic, are the fare of mad scientists. Body-swapping devices are usually characterized by a highly experimental status, straps, helmets with many complicated cables that run to a central system and a tendency to direly malfunction before their effects can be reversed. Those without such means may resort to brain transplants. Such experiments can have overtones of horror.[citation needed]

Appearances in fiction and drama

Since the Vice Versa novel was published in 1882, body swaps have been a popular theme in various media:

See also

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/20677/6-staples-of-sci-fi-and-fantasy-television
  2. ^ Jose, Michael JR. "Vice Versa by F. Anstey Detailed Book Review". Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  3. ^ King, Robert (February 4, 2001). "The mother versus the author". St. Petersburg Times. Hernando. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Raymond, Adam K. (2013-09-05). "How to Swap Bodies With Anyone You Want, According to the Movies". Vulture.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (2011-08-03). "The Change-Up Movie Review & Film Summary (2011)". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (2002-12-13). "The Hot Chick Movie Review & Film Summary (2002)". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  7. ^ The Identity Matrix – Chalker – Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Yoshikawa Interview | Mahou-X". Mahouxscans.wordpress.com. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-10-02.  – translation of Natalie article.
  9. ^ "コミックナタリー – [Power Push] 「山田くんと7人の魔女」吉河美希インタビュー (1/4)" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  10. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Inside Mari, Silver Nina, Love Theory Manga – News". Anime News Network. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  11. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/your-name-makoto-shinkai-anime-body-swap/

References

  • IMDB list of movies with the 'Body Swap' keyword
  • The Numbers: Box Office figures for films in the Body Swap genre
  • New York Times article on monkey head transplant
  • BBC article on monkey head transplant
  • New Scientist article on rat head transplant

External links

  • Body swap movies at Internet Movie Database
  • 10 Cliches of the Body Swap Movie
  • Metamorphose.org — the catalog of transformations, plus reviews and alerts
  • "Freaky Friday Flip". TV Tropes. 
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