21st Century Fairy Tales
Turning classic fairy tales into modern stories is an entertaining trend in literature right now. In two different creative writing classes I took in undergrad, we had sections focused on fairy tales. If your idea of fairy tales is limited to Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, you need to expand your horizons! There are so many exotic fairy tales out there and they come from every culture on the planet! Rent a few books from your local library and although the Brother’s Grimm is great, venture past the typical into the unknown.
Successful Retellings of Fairy Tales
Lauren Sarner of the Huffinton Post recently posted the article “7 Fairy Tales Adults Will Love” listing adult and YA novels with elements taken from classic fairy tales.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman made the list which I read earlier this year and enjoyed!
Write Your Own Fairy Tale
If you have never done so before, you need to re-write or create your own fairy tale! The options are endless and the magical worlds create endless opportunities for plot twists, evil characters, magical beings, hidden worlds, and anything else you can imagine!