I’m not much of a princess girl. Spending my life in poufy dresses and uncomfortable shoes does not sound like my idea of a good time.
However, I am a fan of fairy tales.
As some of you have read, I wrote a Little Mermaid retelling-The Academy-for a collection called Fractured Sea.
Well, I liked the world and the characters so much that I am planning to write more! Also, I won’t lie, my beta readers loved the story and a few people I know have asked me specifically if I am writing more.
I am writing more! Hopefully you’ll see the first of them at the beginning of next year.
For now I thought I would share my favorite fairy tales.
My most favorite is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I saw it in high school and fell in love with it. I admit it might have been the library that did it, but I also enjoy the story of how one person can facilitate change in another. That’s a theme that draws me in every time, and I think most people can relate on some level.
I also love Ever After. This is a Cinderella retelling where the girl is anything but helpless and the boy is both confused by and attracted to this. I admit to being drawn to strong female characters, and this tale certainly delivers. Plus, in the end the prince is awesome.
A friend tricked me into watching Sydney White, and while it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen, I thought it was a clever retelling of Snow White. Cute, fun and smart.
I have to admit, that the first two seasons of Once Upon a Time drew me in and wouldn’t let go. It was so fun to see how the writers twisted each character and each story together. Granted, the story got stale after a while, and they had to try way too hard to fit new things in, but it was a great idea. (No, I haven’t seen Grimm. Yet.)
I’d never really thought about a science fiction fairy tale until I read Cinder. A very interesting twist on Cinderella set in a world of political intrigue and larger than life problems. I haven’t read the others, but I’ve heard they stand up to the first one.
Okay, this is a shot-out to a friend, but Sarah E. Boucher’s take on the Twelve Dancing Princesses in her novel, Midnight Sisters, is both fun and surprising. You have to feel bad for the gardener who fell in love with the oldest girl.
So now I’m looking for seven other characters that will go to The Academy with Ri.
Any ideas? What are some of you favorite fairy tales?