Over on YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday [link]
, they had a great prompt:In honor of this month's Bookmobile book, Marissa Meyer's CINDER, name a fable or story you'd like to see a retelling of. If you're feeling creative, come up with a premise of your own!
I recently picked up our Grimm's fairytale book and started reading through it. The very first one is The Golden Bird. [link]
I just loved it. It's all about the prohibitionsdon't go to sleep under the tree. Don't put the golden bird in the golden cage, but in the wooden one. Don't put the gold saddle on the horse. Don't let the princess say goodbye to her parents. All of these prohibitions are delivered by a talking fox to the youngest prince, who nevertheless manages to botch it most of the time.
I just love fairytale prohibition stories. I always wonder, why? Does the wooden cage and the old saddle represent humility in the face of grandeur? What was wrong with that dang princess? Why couldn't all of these castles (who were in riding distance of each other) swapped around their own dang golden items?
I've been tossing around an idea for a middle-grade series. I know who the characters are, I just wasn't sure what kinds of adventures they should have. I was thinking I'd like to mess with fairies, then I started looking at other books. Fairies are waaaay overdone right now. But fairytales with talking foxes and golden horses? Not quite so much! Especially not with the spin I'd give it.
So yeah. What fairytale would you retell, or like to see redone?
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