Welcome to the Fairy Tale Prompt for this week.
I’d like to take a moment to thank Phylor for the wonderful and inspiring job she has done working this prompt, as co-host with Michael. Creative, zany, intriguing and stimulating it has been, and I have to say thank you for having allowed me the pleasure of pushing my own personal writing boundaries. I wish you peace and all good things. And I’d also like to thank both Phylor and Michael for asking me to step in to co-host … I’m sure it will be wonderfully fun for Michael and myself – and a big thank you to Yves for her support too.
So for this, my first week as the new co-host of the TW/FT prompt, let’s “rethink” fairy tales. As creative types, we have unlimited resources available in our imaginations, as well as sampling from life experiences. Now, let’s step out a bit, shall we?
For this challenge, choose a fairy tale/fable that is familiar to you, whether you love or hate it – and REWRITE some aspect, element.
Let’s think outside of the box and toss about some ideas:
- beloved and villainous characters can have alternate realities and adventures
- “secondary characters” have a story of their own and demand a voice
- “magical objects” – these important items want to speak their version of events
Choose a character, or object, or rewrite the setting? Combine several elements or flesh out just one? It’s up to you.
- Think of this as your blank drawing board and sketchbook – where you’re teasing out something new and dynamic.
Fiction? Flash Fiction? Poetry? The medium of words as you decide to dictate them is in your hands.
And by way of example, a little something I whipped up in about 15 minutes 🙂
Freida Goderwitch sat before the tribunal. She looked presentable, but her eyes were tired, and the crease lines around her mouth seemed etched in a permanent frown.
“What say you in your defense?”
She stood, slowly, easing herself up, leaning on the oak table for support.
“Well, ladies and gentlemen of this fine court of admissions, ” she looked pointedly at each of the judges, “I admit that perhaps the error of my ways has caused some trouble, but honestly, at my age, a ripe three-hundred and seven, it would seem to be forgivable. It has been a long haul and quite frankly, all of this “bippity boppity boo” malarkey has worn me thin.” As she spoke those magical words, her wand, lying on the high court bench, sputtered a few tired sparks. “I have freely admitted, that perhaps I was a bit thick in the head, having returned rather late and in quite the state, from the annual Fairy Godmother and Wild Witches Annual Convention. And while it is quite true, that I indulged perhaps in too much Witchery Brew and smoked one too many Calabrano Cigars, I do think you are going too far in suggesting that I intentionally led my charge askew. What with the travel delays and time zone miscalculations, I was, indeed, rather blue and under the weather. However, to suggest that I deliberately misaddressed the time element is well and truly beneath the lot of you. My brain was rather drained, after all, I’ve been in this game for such a dreadfully long time. I do regret the error in time, it simply slipped my mind, when I told poor old Cindy that she had until two a.m. before all hell would break loose. …..
©2016 Wild Child47
(expansion/rewrite: Fairy Godmother of Cinderella)
You have a week to consider and respond to this challenge. When done, please link up by creating a pingback and enter your response on the official linky site. Please include the tags Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and Fairy Tale/Tale Weaver Prompt in your responses. And finally, somewhere in your post, not necessarily in the story, character sketch, poem, but as a note/reference, please name the tale or fable that has inspired you, just in case you end up happily running off on some tangent that is so far removed from the original that we are left wondering at what inspired your genius!
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