by Mary C. Long
This is part of a series of classes I teach creative writers (kids ages 10-18) at my home each week.
The list of how you can change it is pretty endless. You can do this in teams or on your own.
But here’s the challenge you’ll face BEYOND that – to help you find your voice: Once you’ve written your fractured fairy tale, I want you to reread what you/your team wrote and answer these questions (just talking through them with another writer). We’re trying to sort out what you notice about the WRITING STYLE overall, meaning:
After having this discussion, consider rewriting parts of your story. You might rewrite the whole thing, or you might add a little bit to help explain the story better. Or maybe it’s perfect as-is! (Hint: it’s really NEVER perfect as-is ;)
Some examples of fractured fairy tales:
The Frog Prince Revisited by Marilyn Kinsella
The Giant's Big Toe by Brock Cole.
Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen.
Jack and the Meanstalk by Brain and Rebecca Wildsmith.
The Book That Jack Wrote by Jon Scieszka
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka.
The Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka.
Jim Henson Presents Goldilocks, Miss Piggy's Dream by Louise Gikow.
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson.
Cinder-Elly by Frances Minters.
Cinderella and the Glass Flipper by Janet Perlman.
Cinderella with Benjy and Bubbles by Ruth Perle.
The Adventures of Simple Simon by Chris Conover.
Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella by Tony Johnston
Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman
Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci
Cinderella's Rat by SusanMeddaugh
Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Prince Cinders by Babette Cole
Sidney Rella & the Glass Sneaker by Bernice Myers
Deep in the Forest by Brinton Turkle
Goldilocks & the Three Hares by Heidi Petach
The Silly Story of Goldie Locks & the Three Squares by Grace Maccarone
Somebody & the Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst
Jack & the Giant: A Story Full of Beans by Jim Harris
Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs.
Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne
The Magic Mustache by Gary Barwin
Little Red Cowboy Hat by Susan Lowell
Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell
The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell
The Three Little Wolves & the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf by Jon Scieszka
Ziggy Piggy & the Three Little Pigs by Frank Asch