Wednesday, September 19, 2012

RTW: "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things."

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.



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!

I've actually been thinking about this a lot lately. With the debut of The Treachery of Beautiful Things (an original fairy tale), I've had fairy tales on the brain. I'd love to see a dark, YA retelling of Alice in Wonderland and maybe Beauty and the Beast. Maybe Beauty and the Beast with a wolf. That'd be cool. I love wolves.

I'll have to give it some more thought before I know what the premise would be. But with both of these, the connection to the original stories would have to be subtle. Cinder does a great job with Cinderella, but because we know the Cinderella story, there are a few predictable "twists." I need mystery! Intrigue! (which Cinder has, but I need more!) 

Maybe that's why I haven't tried a fairy tale retelling.

What fairy tale would you like to see retold or perhaps retell yourself?

22 comments:

  1. I had a similar thought initially: the problem with a re-telling is you know how it'll all resolve because you know the source material. But, I countered to myself, isn't that true with a lot of stories? 9 times out of 10, the hero succeeds in his/her quest. The cliffhanger will be resolved. The hero will survive to go on another adventure, if it's a series. Often what intrigues us is *how* it all comes together. We anticipate (and, most of the time, want) a happy ending, but it's how it comes about that keeps us turning pages. So even if we have an idea of how the story goes structurally, if you've done a good job in the telling, the details, the plotting, it can still be a great novel.

    That's my take, anyway. :)

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    1. Very true. But it's not so much knowing the end--I think it's just more the subtlety of it. I don't know. That was my biggest issue with Cinder but at the same time I STRAIGHT UP LOVED THAT BOOK. :)

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    2. I feel like there is a comfort level in retelling, because you do know how it will turn out. But Colin's comment reminded me of Alice Hoffman's Here on Earth, a retelling of Wuthering Heights. (I know that doesn't count as a fairy tale, but still.) She took a stab at what could have happened, and it was just so beautiful and familiar but also unexpected at the same time. That's the kind of reimaginings I want to read; what could have happened to those familiar characters.

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  2. Oh, I agree about the end. We know it, so the twists aren't really twists.
    But I'm with Colin. What makes us read is the journey. How the character gets to that end.
    Btw, I love me some Beauty and the Beast! <3

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  3. Must agree with what's been said. I've read and watched a lot of retold fairytales, and most of the time I know how it should end, but I love watching the different takes on it.

    Great post!

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    1. Thanks! And I agree with a lot of this too, but I would be interested to see a different take on a fairy tale that changes some of twists or endings.

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  4. I mentioned this in my post, but The CW network is bringing back a TV adaptation of Beauty and the Beast this fall. I'm kind of into it, we'll see what's it's like.I don't really remember the '90s version of it other than the beast was kind of gross and it starred the woman from the original Terminator movies. I'm looking forward to reading Cinder, I have it next on my list! Here's my YA Highway Post

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    1. I totally missed this happening. I'll have to catch it on Hulu. Those CW shows can be so addicting *cough*VampireDiaries*cough*.

      Nice to see you on the blog! A new face :) I'm headed over to yours right now!

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  5. I love new spins on old tales, and really loved Cinder despite knowing how it was all going to go down. I think this is why it would be so great to see some of the lesser known tales retold. There are so many cultures with rich myths and legend (I'm from mostly Celtic background) that writers can mine for great retelling material. I've been considering tackling something like this for some time now. :)

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    1. I'd be so into some Celtic fairy tale retellings. I want to write something that deals with Celtic myths so badly. It's on my bucket list. :)

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  6. Beauty and the Beast is an obvious choice, and I don't think it ever gets tired. There are just so many ways you could tell it.

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    1. So many ways! Contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, steam punk, horror.

      I'd love to see it done as a horror novel.

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  7. 'Alice in Wonderland' would be fun to update. It's already such a bizarre story that you could pull out all sorts of crazy ideas from it. What about a cursed tea party? The Mad Hatter is forced to sit at his table for eternity. Or a story about living in the court of the Queen of Hearts? Hmm. I like it!

    New follower here! My RTW is here: nickieanderson.blogspot.com

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    1. I know! There is so much you could do with Alice beyond the basic story. I'll stop your blog today, and thanks for following!

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  8. Oh Beauty and the Beast would be fun! There's a lot you could do with it, especially if you spun in a werewolf in there! I like your thinking!

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  9. Oo I love the idea of a dark Alice in Wonderland! The Beauty and the Beast thing reminds me of a new show with the same name that's going to be on CW.

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    1. I've heard a number of people mention this new show. I'm going to have to check it out.

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  10. Beauty and the beast with wolves made me think of the Angela Carter story The Company of Wolves. They made a film of it in the 80s, which I loved at the time but I now recognize is kind of uneven. But the story is wonderful.

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    1. I'm not familiar with it. I'll have to look into it!

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