Fairy Tale Retellings That Need to Be a Thing
- King Thrushbeard. Anything King Thrushbeard. This is one of my favorite fairy tales, but no on ever retells it- which is sad, because there's so much potential in there, with the proud princess and the relationship between her and her beggar-husband . . . Honestly, that would be really fun to either read or write, with lots of snark on her part and teasing on his part that eventually becomes love on both sides.
- Hansel and Gretel crossed with Little Red Riding Hood. This was actually my roommate's idea of something I should write . . . and, hey, I might do it, if I can sort out the details and figure out setting and characters. I do like the idea, and both of these seem to be fairytales that aren't super-common in retellings.
- Steampunk Six Soldiers of Fortune or the Six Servants. So these fairy tales are really weird . . . but I feel like steampunk could make them work and actually make sense, with some of the different weird powers/modifications and such. (The runner who takes off his leg, for example, or the guy who makes everything freeze over by putting his hat on straight.) And given the current trend towards grey-and-grey morality, this book would fit in very well. My roomie also suggested that a post-apocalyptic retelling (or "post-retelling," focused on the characters' kids) would be cool, and I tend to agree.
- Not quite a fairy tale, but a mythology retelling, so close enough: The Odyssey . . . in Space! I think that The Odyssey would make a pretty cool sci-fi novel (or perhaps a series of short stories). Odysseus captains a spacecraft, he's on his way home from a war on some distant planet (and because of time-space concerns, though the war might not have been terribly long for him, it's been a long time on his home planet, of which he's the ruler), the islands at which he stops become other planets . . . seriously, can this be a thing? It obviously wouldn't be as beautiful as the original, but it would be amazing in a whole different way.
- The Six Swans or The Seven Ravens. I do know of one retelling of The Seven Swans, but it . . . wasn't my favorite book in the world, let's put it that way. I'd love to see a really good retelling- preferably one with a fair bit of emphasis on the sibling relationships. I mean, you've got seven or eight siblings in either story; you ought to be able to get some good interactions out of that.
Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)
P.S. For those who can't guess, September Doings will be delayed a bit due to the fact that I'm rather busy at the moment. I will do my best to have it up sometime in the next few days. Thanks for your patience!