Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday- Retellings

This Week's Topic is: In honor of this month's Bookmobile book, Marissa Meyer's CINDER, name a fable or story you'd like to see a retelling of. If you're feeling creative, come up with a premise of your own!

I do enjoy reading retellings, especially contemporary/supernatural ones, but I've never thought of writing one...okay, maybe I considered a contemporary Robin Hood for maybe three seconds.

So, as I looked over lists of fables and fairytales the only familiar one that jumped out at me as doable but not yet overdone is Hansel and Gretel.

It helps that Hansel and Gretel has sentimental attachments for me. It was my first stage production...I was one of the gingerbread children in the opera when I was twelve.  Also, I love gingerbread houses, and have a decorating party every year for the holidays.

In my YA version, two teen twins (a boy and girl) would end up at a foster home where they would learn that all the other children there have been changed somehow (maybe Stepford style) for some villainous reason, by the foster parents.

*insert villainous laugh*

Actually, the more I think on that one, the more I think it could grow wings and never know.

What about you? Any fairytale or fable you'd like to retell. Any other take on Hansel and Gretel?


  1. It could well grow wings and fly, Jennifer. You've started the thought... carry on! :)

  2. This really could be a great YA. I'd love to see some of the not-yet-overdone stories retold in a unique way. You should consider writing this for real! :)

  3. Ha, that would be such a fun story! Love it.

  4. I was thinking the same thing earlier today -- the 'Hansel and Gretel' + cannibals ideas has really been sticking in my head. I'm just imagining a room full of childrens' bones that have been picked clean. Yuck! Try this idea out -- I'd love to see what you come up with :)

  5. Ha, I chose Hansel and Gretel too and in my version they were in a foster care too ;) But then it doesn't go Stepford style hehe
    I like this. You should let it grow wings ;)

  6. That sounds awesome! And you're the second person to mention Hansel and Gretel today!

  7. I do like retellingsThe new Hansel and Gretel movie looks really good.