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[May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« on: May 01, 2015, 10:56:42 AM »
Fairytales it is!

Some are funny and silly.


E. Stuart Hardy, The Book of Gnomes (c.1895)

Some are dark and strange.


"Poison for Snow White" by kakao-bean

But all of them have a morale, a (more or less fixed) narrative and rules.

Numbers are important. It's always three sons and the youngest is the smartest.
There may be seven princesses but never six or only two. One is okay.
The swineherd will marry the princess and if a talking animal is involved it will know secrets and generally help its owner (if he is poor but honest). They will usually take place somewhere far, far away (because stuff like that doesn't happen here). They're straight forward, simple stories - which doesn't mean that they are easy to write.

Fairy godmothers, witches, dragons, magical items, fairies, happily ever after - there are plentiful resources to draw from and casting moulds to use for your story. Make it as authentic as you can, maybe imagine having a horde of grandchildren sitting around you by the fire, listening to every word you say...

So, once upon a time...




Rules:

1. This must be prose. Poetry in fairy tales only exists in spells or magic rhymes.
2. Must be recognizable as a fairy tale.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. One story per person (not per account).
5. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
6. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
7. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
8. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
9. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys next to the 'youtube' symbol.

Entry will close June 1st 2015 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2015, 11:18:32 AM »
Once upon a time there was a forum about fantasy and scifi...
Love fairy tales ^^
Let's start writing!

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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 11:18:46 AM »
Cool I love fairy tales! This is going to be fun  ;D

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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2015, 11:23:22 AM »
May fools!

No?  :-\

 ;D

Well, I'll have to think about this once I finish my Plot twist -entry. ::)
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2015, 01:31:37 PM »
Like it. I feel something a little Grimm/Burton-esque coming on...

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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2015, 02:04:02 PM »
Hmm. I fear this one is going to be way harder than I think it should be. Probably going to take a while, but looking forward to creating something that on the surface is cute but beneath is oh so twisted.
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2015, 02:53:23 PM »
Hope these description of what a fairy tale should be like are not compulsory because I'm onto it right now and not planning to go with the normal "once upon a time" framing.
It's a first person story with heavy fairytale elements. Is that cool?
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2015, 02:59:49 PM »
Hope these description of what a fairy tale should be like are not compulsory because I'm onto it right now and not planning to go with the normal "once upon a time" framing.
It's a first person story with heavy fairytale elements. Is that cool?

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2. Must be recognizable as a fairy tale.
So if that's the case, yes.
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2015, 04:25:12 PM »
Yeah I guess it's gonna be a bit of a stretch, with a first person narrative from a kick-ass little girl, so hopefully the morale will come across despite the unusual format. I'm already having fun writing it, against all expectations as my first reaction upon seeing the new them was  :o >:(  then  ??? ::) and now very  :P :D
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2015, 06:45:51 PM »
Sorry Nora, and I'm not sure if it's just me, but I wouldn't call a first-person narrative a fairytale. Fairytales for me are identified by mainly being a story that someone tells someone else...
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2015, 07:37:14 PM »
Sorry Nora, and I'm not sure if it's just me, but I wouldn't call a first-person narrative a fairytale. Fairytales for me are identified by mainly being a story that someone tells someone else...
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2015, 08:29:35 PM »
Fair enough - I'll call Nora's a 'fairy story' then ;)
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2015, 12:56:26 AM »
Fair enough - I'll call Nora's a 'fairy story' then ;)

You could say so, precisely because it's first person, it's like a monologue. The heroine tells you the story of her dealings with fairies and such... Hopefully. I'll try and write it fast so that any discontent from boss Xiagan can be dealt with in time, but I really like how it sounds just now.
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Re: [May 2015] - Fairytales - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2015, 02:12:14 AM »
Behold! The 'Like' button has been erased from this thread  8)
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2015, 08:21:08 AM »
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