Authors Answer 75 – Re-imagining Fairy Tales

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

I hope everyone enjoyed the special April Fools edition of Authors Answer last week. It wasn’t true at all. We aren’t writing those stories.

This week, we move on to some more creativity. Fairy tales are popular stories, many have been made into Disney movies (and changed so kids can actually watch them). But are we satisfied with how they’re written?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 75 – If you could take any fairy tale and rewrite it as a full-length novel, which would it be and how would you change it to suit your style?

Paul B. Spence

Puss-in-boots, with a neopanther.

In all seriousness, I think I already have. I was strongly influenced by Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories. Rikki-tikki-tavi has some bearing on the last book of my current series. Does Kipling count as fairy tales?

Maybe a twisted version of Sleeping Beauty, with a vampire?

Who knows, not really my thing.

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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