Fairy Tale Rewrite

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Fairy Tale Rewrite

Postby thegreengreatdragon » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:08 am

Maybe this is a silly question, but I'm new here.
Do you guys think a fairy tale rewrite would be well-received? It wouldn't be a straight rewrite or taking a fairy tale and putting it in a new setting or something. It would be tweaking the basic premise of the story just a little bit and then expanding it. I have other story ideas, but this is the one i'm most excited about at the moment.

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Re: Fairy Tale Rewrite

Postby RSchibler » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:57 am

I asked a similar question recently (retellings is the thread name) and the general consensus was that while it might be a hard sell for various reasons, anything can work if it’s done well enough. I personally decided to set aside my retelling idea in favor of something else.
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Re: Fairy Tale Rewrite

Postby morganb » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:24 pm

Gregory Maguire made quite a successful career from his fairy tale retellings (Wicked, Leaping Beauty, Mirror Mirror, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, etc.) I think the real key is: what new twist can you give the story to make it fresh and different? Making only a few small tweaks to the original might not be enough to convince a reader — who is already familiar with the tale — to dive in.

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Re: Fairy Tale Rewrite

Postby thegreengreatdragon » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:22 pm

Thanks for the input, guys! And thanks for the heads up--I found the "retellings" thread, which was also helpful.
While I still might write the story for fun or for submission elsewhere, I wonder if it might be better to submit something different for this particular contest. As you guys mentioned, it would need to be really well-done, maybe with a fresher take than I've got right now, and I don't think I'm quite there yet.

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