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Rapunzel Stories

Hair-Raising Twists Ah, another classic tale that's had a lot of interesting adaptations over the years... Hopefully my musings are also helpful for sparking inspiration, and it's a lot of fun coming up with prompts based on the various elements of the tales. Some of my favourite versions of this story include The Stone Cage by… Continue reading Rapunzel Stories

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Beauty and the Beast Stories

Modern Perspectives on a Tale As Old As TimeThere's been a lot of discussion around the live action Beauty and the Beast [BB] film re: Stockholm Syndrome and whether Belle is a role model figure or not. I'm not going to go into that here - I think there's lots of ways retellings can go… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast Stories

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Sleeping Beauty Stories

My Sleeping Beauty ThemeMy forthcoming paranormal novel, The Crows, is a kind of gender-flipped Sleeping Beauty story, where the [female] protagonist wakes a sentient house from its dormant state, only for it to fall in love with her. It's Sleeping Beauty meets Stephen King's Rose Red, set in a creepy town on the south coast… Continue reading Sleeping Beauty Stories

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Snow White Stories

At first glance, Snow White is basically a variant of Cinderella. A young, pretty Protagonist is treated badly by her step-mother (although in older versions it's actually her biological mother) who is jealous of her. The [step-]mother tries to kill Cinder- sorry - Snow White instead of merely mistreating her. Aided by her Friends (for… Continue reading Snow White Stories

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Cinderella Stories

Prompts for Modern Fairy Tales   Modern fairy tales come in all shapes and sizes. I've been thinking about Cinderella recently and thought I'd put together some writing prompts! Firstly, if you're looking for Queer Retellings of Fairy Tales, then this post on Pride.com recommends some amazing reads. Secondly, if you're interested in Cinderella stories in… Continue reading Cinderella Stories