Fairy tale retellings

okay so im sure I saw a post about mermaids having their own form of sign language bc sound doesn’t travel underwater, but what if they’ve just evolved without hearing at a certain point? in or out of the water, they have to sign to understand one another. (sorry 

and maybe a girl who’s deaf or hard of hearing is in a shipwreck, and while the others are shouting for help in a cold and soundless sea, the girl is frantically signing. she knows its useless, but her panic flies through her fingers as she falls deeper and deeper into the ocean. the mermaids watch, unmoved, as the rest of the sailors drown, but they recognize that her hands are making words, though they dont have the same language. 

when the girl wakes up, she finds herself on a tiny spit of land, waterlogged but alive, and surrounded by sharp-toothed fish people whose fins shimmer darkly beneath the surface. it takes a bit of doing, but once she realizes that they don’t want to eat her, the girl begins to learn their signs, and vice versa. they feed her and teach her to fish, and she teaches them jokes and sleight of hand.

what im saying is mermaids adopting a deaf or hoh girl as one of their own, and moving their colony closer to the surface in order to be near her and them being a weird fishy/human family and living in their own silent and lovely world

bookcaseninja  asked:

Do you have any tips for rewriting a fairytale?

I personally love a good fairytale retelling. I feel like this is a theme that’s a little more popular especially in fan fictions and YA books. I remember when Wicked first came out there seemed to be a flood of stories that started surfacing because people love seeing classics re-imagined. There are a few key elements that can help your story stand out.

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YA Fairy Tale Retellings

I’ve had several people ask for some YA retelling book recommendations, so here are a few of each! I marked my favorites with an asterisk:


Snow White

Beauty & the Beast

Sleeping Beauty


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Peter Pan

Aladdin/1,001 Nights

Red Riding Hood

Hansel & Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

The Little Mermaid: Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Frog Prince: 

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Snow Queen

Just One Word April Book Photo Challenge 

Day 15: Gay

I was a bit hesitant to read yet another fairytale retelling, but as soon as I found out Ash was wlw, I jumped right on board! There can never have enough diverse retellings, in my opinion. Especially when they subvert the whole boy gets girl/girl gets boy trope. 

In fact, if you have any recs for retellings that feature diverse MCs (particularly those written by ownvoices), let me know! 

Snow White- the People’s Queen

I’ve always liked to think of Snow White as the sort of Queen Victoria of the fairy tale world. Like Victoria, her childhood/adolescence was greatly affected by adults with their own agendas- albeit in different ways. 

Victoria did a lot to help in terms of children’s rights and I imagine that, being subjected to the abuse that she was, Snow would also be dedicated to protecting children and rescuing them from negative circumstances. I imagine orphanages gained significant more funding under her care.

Snow also saw the harsh realities of life for the working poor and it most likely had a profound affect on her more than any poisoned apple could have. If this was her stepmother’s legacy, a Kingdom full of suffering children and workers with little to no rights, then she would be determined to change it for the better.

Of course such reforms are often met with resistance, especially considering such liberal ideas. Her husband, the King, has been surrounded by such politics his entire life and (like Albert for Victoria) was a guide for her during her early years of power, and never ending support for his beloved wife. They unify their Kingdoms, hoping to spread their reforms and improve the lives of as many people as they can- and so they go down in history as the ultimate fairy tale power couple. The royals who spoke to the hopes of the people.

Years later their influence is still felt, and she is greatly missed when she dies. The day of her funeral, people line the streets, eating red apples to signify their mourning- a symbolic gesture to show that a part of their country has died with her.

Interview: Gem

Today we’re joined by Gem. Gem is a wonderful writer who specializes in aroace fairy tales. She is currently working on a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which is so exciting. She’s a wonderfully enthusiastic writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.


Please, tell us about your art.

I am the writer of aroace-fairytales, where I rewrite popular fairytales with aromantic and asexual main characters. For example, my current work is Beauty & the Beast where both said characters are aroace.

What inspires you?

What inspired me to initially start my blog was finding out I was on the asexual spectrum and realizing that there was little to no representation in literature. While the LGBT community is beginning to have a louder voice in television, books, movies, and more media, the AroAce community is getting practically none. So being a writer, and identifying on the asexual spectrum, inspired me to write AroAce Fairytales.

What inspires me to keep writing is the immense amount of encouragement and support and love I receive from the AroAce community. It’s amazing how many people enjoy my writing and the representation I present within my stories. Without constant affection from my readers, I would have given up the idea long ago.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been writing since I was a little child and I used to write my own original fairytales when I was younger, so yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I won’t be pursuing it as a career at this point, but it’s my first love and my undying passion – it always will be.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Hmmm, well before I started writing AroAce fiction, I would always kill off one of my love interests so I wouldn’t have to write romance. xD But besides that, I don’t really think so. I enjoy including some foreign language in my writing, but other than that, not really.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Never give up. Ever. And don’t do it for your audience. Do it for you. Otherwise, you’ll get bogged down by feelings of inadequacy and if your audience doesn’t enjoy your art, then you’ll become discouraged. But if you do it for you, your passion will attract like-minded people to your work and you won’t have to worry about the people that don’t support you.


Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I currently identify as demisexual.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Yes. I have readers consistently tell me that romance and sex are a part of life, so not incorporating that into my stories is “stupid” and “unrealistic” and “no one will want to read your writing”. At first, I was very defensive and would argue with people (mostly around me locally) until I would break down. Now, I understand that it’s because they just don’t have the same experiences (or lack thereof) that I do, so I give them grace. I just ignore them and, when they realize I won’t change because of them, they shut up.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Ahahahaha…just one? There are millions! But the most common one is probably that I’m not interested in romance or that I’m somehow “broken.”

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

First, I’m always here for you. Second, it’s totally okay to struggle. Because our society and culture push sex as a part of all relationships, it’s so easy to feel discouraged and broken because you don’t have that urge. But society should not dictate how we feel, who we are, and what we do. It’s possible that you will eventually experience sexual attraction. However, it’s important that you understand you don’t have to label yourself and you don’t have to focus on your sexuality if it really tears you up. It’s way more vital that you feel comfortable with yourself, no matter the sexuality.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Aroace-fairytales on Tumblr (search for #aroace fairytales)

And my AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10298354/chapters/22783049.

Thank you, Gem, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

anonymous asked:

There's this post comparing ACOTAR to Sailor Moon. Though I've never seen the show myself, there seems to be a lot of similarities/parallels between the two. Forgive me for the idiotic questions but I'm genuinely confused. I know that no work is 100% original but is it okay to take inspiration from something that your work ends up being incredibly similar to the original? As a writer, where do you draw the line? Thought you'd be the best person to ask, since you work with fairytales. Thanks!

This is interesting! I haven’t seen the post in question, nor am I very familiar with Sailor Moon, so I can’t comment on this particular instance. But I can take a stab at your more general question, which is a really good one!

So yes, you’re right that no work is 100% original, but there’s also an understanding that you’re putting in your best effort to tell your own story as a writer. No one can prove definitively whether or not a writer has seen/read any other media (unless they’ve directly spoken about it before), so it can be a slippery slope saying a writer’s story is “too similar” to other media. The more recent the other media is, the worse the problem gets. I tend to err on the side of caution–I didn’t read Shatter Me for literal years because Juliette Ferrars and Pomona, my protagonist in Unrooted, have a similar condition preventing them from touching people. It wasn’t until I had Pomona totally nailed down that I felt comfortable reading Shatter Me. I am still careful with what I read if I know my books will be covering similar themes (incidentally, this is also why authors do not/cannot read fanfiction). 

Stories are comprised of segments, motifs, tropes, etc. These make storytelling a little easier. It’s not wrong to use them, and I wouldn’t get too afraid of seeing stories you like that are similar. Don’t be afraid that one creator is “copying” something else, because it could very well be a coincidence. There are times when it isn’t, of course, and that’s never good, but it’s far too easy to hold up any two pieces of media and say one inspired the other when it’s simply not true. 

As far as working with fairy tales goes, I have a bit more flexibility because these stories are meant to be repeated, and no one owns them. Fairy tales have bled into our broader understanding of storytelling, so there’s an even higher chance of that false equivalency popping up. Now, if I’m retelling Beauty and the Beast and include a talking candlestick, I’m gonna be in big trouble because that is clearly a Disney addition to the story. But Disney included Belle as a bookworm with an incredible library decades after Robin McKinley did the same thing in her book Beauty. Perhaps they were paying homage, since McKinley helped kick-start the retelling trend, but perhaps it was also a coincidence. There’s simply not enough to go on to come to any conclusions, and unfortunately this is a downside of any creative endeavor.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any fairy tale retellings that happen outside the US or England?

Oh, several. :)

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli (Cinderella in China)

Breath by Donna Jo Napoli (Pied Piper)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella in China-ish)

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson (Swan Princess mostly in the Amazon; they’re in England sometimes but it’s most set in Brazil)

East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)

The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey (Various Russian fairy tales)

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (East of the Sun, West of the Moon in Canada)

The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey (titular fairy tale in Japan)

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (Dancing Princesses in fantasy-coded Germany)

Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie (Red Riding Hood in Germany-ish)

The Woman Who Loved Reindeer by Meredith Ann Pierce (East of the Sun, West of the Moon with indigenous peoples)

Sarah Reads: Wildwood Dancing

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It’s an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle’s hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.

But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he’s there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena’s sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom–an impossible union it’s up to Jena to stop.

When Cezar’s grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can’t imagine–tests of trust, strength, and true love.


Date Started: July 20th, 2017

Acquired: Purchased at Half Price Books’ $1 Sale!

Why I Picked it Up: It’s been on my TBR for years, but I didn’t have a lot of interest in Transylvania or Eastern Europe in general until the past year or so. Now I’m like, all about it. I’ve also read this author’s books before (Daughter of the Forest, which I loved, and Shadowfell, which I also really enjoyed). She’s one of my top fave tale retellers and “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” is a wonderful tale, so I knew I was going to pick this one up eventually.

Why I Kept Reading: I had actually forgotten until I picked it up that it was set in Transylvania, so I got extra excited to continue! This is not only because of my friend @elenalanstova-morozova, but because my own book, Unrooted, has a lot of inspiration from the Romanian language and aesthetic, as well! I enjoy Jena as a narrator and Marillier’s prose is as graceful as I remember, so I think I’m going to like the rest of this!

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