So I’m really liking this idea of writing/illustrating a series of alternative fairy tales for kids (as in, adapting lesser-known fairytales that don’t follow the beautiful (white, thin, feminine) princess meets (strong, masculine, white) handsome prince –> fall in love –> prince saves princess –> happy ever after model). I want to expose kids to the stories that interested me as a kid, fairy tales about intelligence and wit and doing things for yourself and saving the prince and being strong in ways that don’t necessarily involve hitting things or getting in fights, and girls being strong in ways that DO, for that matter. I want to tell stories with characters of all sizes, shapes, races, genders and sexualities, and I want all those things to go unremarked because they are OKAY and NORMAL. And for that matter, I want to tell at least SOME stories that don’t involve any romantic plot or subplot at all.
I mean, I already have most of one, because I’m doing it for uni (The Prince Who Wasn’t, which if I go ahead with this project I’ll be extending out and re-adding a lot of my favourite ideas which I had to cut to meet the project requirement, like the bit where the two main characters escape the princess’ tower through a combination of the butch character’s fighting skill and the femme character’s intelligence, and the extended reveal of the main twist, and also my favourite character who is a terrible person with a Napoleon complex bad enough that he wears very high heels and has a servant following him with a step) but I really want to make this a Thing.
Only I don’t know what other fairytales I’d like to adapt (although The Poor Girl Who Became Queen and The Black Bull Of Norroway are both strong candidates).
And also I would really like to publish them (hopefully I could crowdsource the funds, if there was enough interest) but I have no idea how to go about self-publishing and distribution, so that’s kind of a problem.
So um, would this be a project that people would be interested in? And also, any advice on the publishing front? Obviously this is a project I can’t really get my teeth into until at least the start of May, because, you know, uni work, but.