Friday, September 30, 2016

Fairy Tale Retellings That Need to Be a Thing

For those who don't know, I absolutely love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. Recently, my roomie and I were chatting about the topic (because she loves them as much as I do, more or less), and as is wont to happen in such conversations, we temporarily wandered onto the idea of fairy tale retellings we'd love to see. We soon meandered on, but the thought stuck in my mind and so now I'm writing a post about it.

Fairy Tale Retellings That Need to Be a Thing


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
What fairy tale retellings would you like to see? Please tell me in the comments!
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!

18 comments:

  1. OH my goodness, thank you for posting this, Sarah! I might try the Hansel and Gretel/Red Riding Hood thing (... if you don't mind, that is?) or King Thrushbeard. This post was epic!

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, thank you for reading! And you absolutely can try either of those- just let me read them when you do, please!

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  2. The Odyssey in space? Yessss!

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    1. I know, right? :D
      Thanks for reading!

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  3. Hi Sarah! I actually have an idea for a Seven Swans retelling/continuation... and I think I know to which book you refer. It wasn't amongst my favourites either, unfortunately.

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    1. Really? Do tell about your idea, please?

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  4. Oh, yes! I would love to see all of these adapted as novels, especially the Six Swans/Seven Ravens. I love that story.
    I've always wanted to see The Ice Queen retold with the main characters being adults rather than children, and of course some romance thrown in. Other fairy tales I'd like to see retold are The Soldier and Death, and Hans My Hedgehog (the Storyteller version, not the Brothers Grimm version). There are a lot of others that I really like, but I'm drawing a blank right now.

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    1. Oh my goodness, I have actually written a first draft of a retelling of the Snow Queen with the characters as young adults with romance! XD If you are interested in giving it a read, please let me know! :) I blog at www.thewriterofdreamthings.blogspot.com.

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    2. Absolutely I would be interested in reading it! :D

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    3. The Snow Queen would be cool, as long as it was actually a Snow Queen retelling and not a Frozen retelling. (I reviewed a series recently that marketed itself as a Snow Queen retelling, but, no, it was retelling Frozen. So much for that.)
      Those two would be cool to have as retellings. Someone should get on that. *nods*
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  5. Ohhh I totally agree! I LOVE FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS. Or any retellings. I love historical retellings too. :') But I think we need more obscure ones too for sure *nods* And I particularly want to see the 7 Swans, because I had that on tape when I was a small human bean (omg on cassette tape.....I feel old😂) and it was one of my favourites! I did read it in Princess of Thorns, but it was like a side story? Still cool but not enough. I want mooooore. Also I haven't even heard of King Thrushbeard but YES PLEASE. I'd also like more of the 1001 Arabian Nights stories retold because they're awesome. :D

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    1. Yes, cassette tape . . . I spent a week last spring copying radio shows from tape to MP3 so I could listen to them again because there's no technology anymore that can even plaaay cassettes.
      You should look up King Thrushbeard. I think you'd approve. And the Arabian Nights would be cool . . . not as familiar with those, but yeah.
      Thank you for stopping by!

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  6. OOoo...The Seven Swans (or ravens)...yes, I know which book you mean, and while I made sure not to read most of it, I did read parts and lamented the lack of a better retelling...I started to come up with something, but it was just too much of a rabbit trail for my current focus. :)

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    1. Yeah . . . eventually I'll write a retelling of it, I hope. Just have to have time. And also sort out all the possibilities.

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  7. Oh also, The Golden Branch. That would be a cool retelling...a personal favorite of mine, but definitely weak in some plot areas that could use a hand. :)

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    1. I hadn't heard of The Golden Branch, so I had to look it up. It is a cool fairytale, and a retelling would be cool as well . . . I shall have to think on it.

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  8. I have a six swans/swan lake retelling planned for Bookania. And I'm trying to figure out where King Thrushbeard will work in (because it's one of my favorites, too). It will possibly be blended with "The Taming of the Shrew." Whe'll see what I come up with...

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    1. Ooh, awesome. I can't wait to read both of those once you've written them!

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