Comparing Rapunzel Adaptations: Split Ends

Yesterday, I compared two Rapunzel adaptations, talking about the elements they shared with the story and each other (or in some cases, just with each other). But the most important part of differentiation is differences, so I’m going to look at some of the major ones between the two stories. There may be spoilers; read [...]

Comparing Rapunzel Adaptations: Two Strands of Hair

I’ve talked a lot about fairy tale adaptations this week; I’m sure I don’t need to say that I think being able to differentiate yours from the numerous other adaptations out there is one of the most important parts of the creation process. But how can you get a unique plot out of a story [...]

So You Want To Rewrite a Fairy Tale

Looking into writing a fairy tale adaptation? Here are four questions to consider when putting it all together.

What’s the same? Fairy tale adaptations are rather like utilizing canonical or otherwise pre-existing characters in a game; vary too much, and risk either people not recognizing the story or people calling story derailment. Fortunately, fairy tales and [...]

Fairy Tales: Lost in Adaptation

There are many hazards to retelling a fairy tale—people figuring the subgenre is played out, accusations of laziness, the difficulty of satisfying people who liked that other adaptation better—but I think the most dangerous hazard is the possibility that the audience won’t connect to the original source material, and that as a result, the story [...]

Fairy Tale Adaptations

Fairy tales are pretty ubiquitous, either in their original forms or, more often, in some sort of thematically altered form. My library’s juvenile nonfiction section alone has a shelf of them, and we keep tripping over ones that might have worked just as well shelved with them in the 398.2s but ended up in fiction [...]