I am SO ridiculously excited about this week’s prompt! Retellings! I LOVE RETELLINGS. I love them because they are a glint of a childhood storey I’ve loved for years BUT they can be new, and original, and extraordinary.
But there are many retellings I need in my life that don’t even exist. THE HORROR. This is why being a writer is marvellously handy. I shall write them all! I shall! Huzzah! I need, perhaps, 42 clones to actually be able to write all these in a life time…but, pfft, small hiccups.
This list is of all the retellings I want to write. Eventually. And, ahem, there are possibly a few more than 10, but rules are for mere mortals and we all know that I am Queen Of The World. In a well ordered universe, I would like to think I could write some of these and just wattpad them for human enjoyment. So tell me which ones intrigue you so I can prioritise!
This Week’s Prompt:
Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read (or fairytales I want to be retold)
You may have noticed that I’m
monstrously slightly obsessed with Persian folklore. I CAN’T HELP IT. I JUST AM. I have been since I was twelve, for goodness sakes. (I don’t let go of these things easily.) I adored The Wrath and The Dawn which came out this year, BUT I NEED MORE.
I want to write about:
- Sinbad! And his crazy sea adventures.
- Also Aladdin and the evil wizards and trapped genies.
- Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves!
- Also another Scheherazade retelling, but this time where the Sultan is a Sultana and kills off all the boys. A WOMAN based fantasy world. I’m not even joking — this is super high on my to-write-list.
I mention this occasionally on twitter, but I need to write a Ginger Bread Man retelling…preferably one centring around bakers and cannibalism. Sweeney Todd meets fairy tales?
Apparently this tale is also sometimes called The Fleeing Pancake, which is an excellent title I might add. Very dangerous. Very intriguing.
Of course I want to write my own Alice in Wonderland retelling!! OF COURSE. Did you know that my blog was born of Alice and Wonderland? My first post is the Jabberwocky poem (hey, cut me some slack, I didn’t even understand what a blog was when I began). OH FRABJOUS DAY.
I would like to write:
- By the point-of-view of the Mad Hatter.
- Also have Alister in Wonderland.
- Focus a book around the Red Queen.
- Make it as creepy as creepiness can creep. (This is why I’m a writer. I’m so eloquent.)
I am the forefront of this genius idea since I’ve written a Beethoven retelling. BUT WE NEED MORE. This could be a whole thing, peoples, it could. Retelling the lives of famous people if they were modern! Put Bach in high school. Have a teenage Van Gogh. (That would be scary.)
I also think sci-fi retellings of history is endlessly pleasing. I’ve got a sci-fi Marie Antoinette plotted out.
All of them. Everything. I have no idea why I’m still picking up books about female Cinderellas. BEEN THERE. DONE THAT. I want to read and write all the gender bends.
- Little Merman
- Princess Charming and Sleeping Handsome
- Sisters Grimm
- Georgina and the Dragon
I did attempt this and it was AWFUL. But eventually I’m going to rewrite it and toss it on the grill for you peoples to eat because creeptastic Peter Pan, yes please and thank you. Trust me: my version has Frankenstein’s monster creations, blood-sucking fairies, a psychotic moon, and human sacrifice. It’s beautiful.
Why isn’t anyone rewriting the French tales?! The Hunchback of Notre-Dame would be incredible retold in a French-ish fantasy world. Plus diversity. Plus French food. There is literally no downside.
I quite loved The Secret Garden when I was a tiny moppet. But what if the garden was…evilly enchanted and ATE THE CHILDREN WHO ENTERED? Don’t say it doesn’t intrigue you.
I am very very confused as to why a female!Sherlock does not exist. I want it. So I will write it one day (although I have no idea if my tiny brain could manage a genius crime-solver but…only one way to find out). I also want a female!Watson as her companion. And as much as I think this would be epic for modern times…imagine a FANTASY WORLD with Sherlock in it too?!
King Arthur in highschool? WHAT COULD GO WRONG. (Read: everything could go wrong.) I’m not really versed in my Arthur folklore but, psssht, it doesn’t take much for me to devour everything the library has on the topic.
You know Mowgli and Tarzan? I WANT THEM. They’d be fascinating in the same book but also separately, perhaps companion novels. Definitely still set in India (or Africa) and modernised. Although I wouldn’t say no to a sci-fi version either. Or gender bending it. Basically: THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS.
Please do not tell me children’s books are for children. Firstly, I don’t believe you. Secondly, they are so full of ingenious plots and incredible worlds. Like Where The Wild Things Are? NEED A YA CREEPY RETELLING. Also Pocahontas? Fantasy world were cultures clash. And how about Robinson Crusoe in space? Or Oliver Twist and zombies? Please sir, I want some more…brains. Or Seven Little Australians in a fantasy world set in Australia. Because we totally do NOT get enough fantasies or epic fiction set in our country. It isn’t fair.
Basically I have an insufferable amount of ideas and I desperately want to write them all. THEN I WANT YOU TO READ THEM ALL. Oh, where are my 42 clones? I need them now. But this post was so inspiring to write. Excuse me, I need to go plot 97 new books.