Do you fancy retelling some fairy tales yourself?
First step in fairy tale retelling: Get knowledgeable and get inspired
Know the original fairy tale well in all its forms; research its origins and meanings – what lesser known qualities could you explore and highlight? What motifs do you want to keep or change? What ideas can you get? What version will you use or will you blend versions together?
Next, decide how you want to retell the fairy tale
Option 1: Keeping it fairly straight
Option 2: Taking Different Angles
New point of view
Explore before or after
Option 3: Getting Radical
All of the changes below will ensure a radical retelling of the fairy tale
As discussed in my post about the definition of the fairy tale, the fantasy genre has much in common with the fairy tale and thus seems the obvious place for a fairy tale retelling to sit - like fairy tales, secondary world fantasies can take the reader to another time and place that does not exist, a place where magic and magical creatures need not be out of the ordinary.
But it can fun to retell fairy tales in other genres as well.
Changing the key events, including the ending (outcome)
Mixing different fairy tales together
Have fun with these considerations when thinking through your fairy tale retelling. See next week's blog post for a writing exercise that will help you really get into the swing of radical fairy tale retelling.
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