This week's topic:
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!
There are so many directions I could take this, because there are a number of retelling ideas in this brain of mine at this very moment. At least two of them I've already started fleshing them out, and I think they could both be very good. But mum's the word because they're not yet ready to be shared.
As someone with primarily Celtic background, I'd love to see many of the Celtic legends brought to life in a unique way (much like how Marissa Meyer breathed new life into the Cinderella tale). Maybe one day I'll tackle something like that, but for now I think it's best to work with the 5 or 6 stories/story ideas I already have on the go. That being said, there are definitely well-known tales that it would be fantastic to see in some other form than how they were originally told and/or penned. Because isn't that kind of the whole thing with fairy and folk tales? Passed on through the oral tradition, with many cultures telling some version of the same tale.1
I would love to see creative retellings of the following TWO fairy tales (both are favourites of mine):
The Twelve Dancing Princesses - The Brothers Grimm
There are at least three retellings of this tale that I know of 2, but I'd like to see something that veers away from the traditional version of the story. I want to see some sort of paranormal or steampunk or sci-fi twist on the story, where dancing doesn't necessarily have to be dancing (it can be something else totally sinister), and where the princesses don't have to be princesses and there doesn't have to be twelve of them (because generally people don't mate like bunnies these days).
The Wild Swans - Hans Christian Andersen
I don't know why, but I've always loved this story 3. I remember actually seeing a cartoon version of it years ago, but I've never seen it since. Again, I'd love to see a unique spin on this one—paranormal, steampunk, sci-fi, or some combination thereof. And like the last tale I mentioned, the brothers wouldn't have to turn into swans. It could be something totally different like...creepy, creepy automatons or something. Or to kick up the why-the-H-did-they-make-this-so-fricking-creepy factor, they could turn into ventriloquist dummies or freaky clown dolls. Or not. But you get the idea.
These retellings would just have to retain the same feel and flavour of the original, along with the skeleton of the tale. Beyond that, it's no holds barred as far as I'm concerned. And that's what makes retellings of familiar tales so much fun!
What tale or story would you like to see retold, and how would you like to see it changed?
This just occurred to me as an afterthought, but how awesome would a retelling of Bluebeard by Charles Perrault be. I'm thinking some kind of YA thriller/horror with some other added element (like sci-fi or whatnot). So, so creepy!
1 I took a Fairy & Folk Tales course in university and in the 8.5 years I studied at the post-secondary level (don't ask), it was hands down my favourite class. And it was a night class, so that's saying something.↩
2 Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Entwined by Heather Dixon, and Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.↩
3 The Wild Swans has been retold by at least one author that I know of: Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler.↩