Friday, March 17, 2023

Writing New Fairy Tales

Posted by: Deborah A Bailey

Many of the stories that we may be familiar with from Disney are actually retellings of older tales. They've continued to be popular with modern readers, which is obvious by the number of fairytale retellings that are available.

One popular fairytale, Beauty and the Beast can also be found across cultures. You can see parallels between that story and the myth of Persephone and Hades.

My Once Upon A Princess series features princesses who fall in love with shifter heroes.. In Heart of Stone the princess is in her 30's and has suffered personal losses. She's more skeptical and less innocent, but she's open to love when she meets the "beast." In Beauty & the Faun a Cinderella-inspired heroine isn't a princess when she starts out (the princess part comes later on). The heroine in Land of Dreams is a mysterious princess who has secrets of her own.

With fairytale retellings we can take well-known stories and add our own twists. We can put them into the modern day, a magical fantasy world or a futuristic setting. There are countless stories available to inspire us to take familiar tales and give them new interpretations.

I'm presenting a "Fairy Tale Retellings" workshop beginning on March 20th at If you'd like to learn more about writing your own retellings, click the link for more information.

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