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World Building with the Welsh Triads

This post is a follow-on from the world-building posts that I've shared last month. If you're interested in the Welsh Triads, there are some really good translations out there - particularly Rachel Bromwich's editions: The Legal Triads of Medieval Wales and The Triads of the Island of Britain. [Note that the Medieval Welsh referred to… Continue reading World Building with the Welsh Triads

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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