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Well known fairy tales from a different POV


Snow, Glass, Apples by Exsanguini

We know those stories by heart - but only from the hero's POV. Did you ever think about the motivation and justification the big bad wolf had for eating Red Riding Hood's Grandma? Maybe he was the good guy and we got it all wrong? Remember, the winners write history and they never picture themselves as the bad guys...

For inspiration I recommend one of Neil Gaiman's best shorts: Snow, Glass, Apples from his short story collection "Smoke and Mirrors". Another, more funny, example is the movie Hoodwinked!


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. This must be a retelling of a well known fairy tale.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. 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. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. 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 May 31st/June 1st, 2016 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!
« Last Edit: May 01, 2016, 06:31:04 AM by xiagan »
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Hmm? I'm getting absolutely no ideas straight away.  :-\
Might skip this one.

It's a good theme, though. I'm sure there will be plenty of interesting stories to read at the end of the month.
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Hmm? I'm getting absolutely no ideas straight away.  :-\
Might skip this one.
Pfff, it's only the morning of the 1st!
I'm pretty sure you'll get a good idea, I trust you 8)

For example: tell me the reason why the witch (old lady?) built a house made of sweets and kept killing children, hehe
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Hmm? I'm getting absolutely no ideas straight away.  :-\
Might skip this one.
Pfff, it's only the morning of the 1st!
I'm pretty sure you'll get a good idea, I trust you 8)
You really shouldn't trust me. For example, I promised Raptori that I would look into something and then write him a PM (in a few days). This was about six months ago, and I still haven't written him.  ::) ;D   I wonder if he still remembers?

For example: tell me the reason why the witch (old lady?) built a house made of sweets and kept killing children, hehe
She's evil? That's kind of self-evident. Diabetes? No, that doesn't really work. Well, maybe... No, I got nothing.

We'll see, I guess.  ;)
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New subject, time to find a fairy tale first though.
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Oh boy, there are so so so so many alternate and amazing re imaginings of fairy tales now, seriously its almost like there's a glut of them in the market honestly :P

Gonna be very tricky to come up with something that hasn't already been published in numerous forms (poetry, graphic novel, short story, novel etc)

I do have an idea though, but its not really a 'fairy tale' technically? How do we feel about Peter Pan...

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Too bad we had 'Well Known' as one of the specifications. Otherwise, we could've had some fun trying different twists on our Fairy Tales from last May's contest.

Ah well, I've already got a decent idea already. It's nice to have a topic where a good idea just hits you straight from go. Probably won't have time to work on it for a while though, since I'm busy for the next two weeks.
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Too bad we had 'Well Known' as one of the specifications. Otherwise, we could've had some fun trying different twists on our Fairy Tales from last May's contest.

Ah well, I've already got a decent idea already. It's nice to have a topic where a good idea just hits you straight from go. Probably won't have time to work on it for a while though, since I'm busy for the next two weeks.

I read this topic and thought: Here goes Rukaio! I'm looking for something from you this month that tops even your funniest stuff so far!
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Does this include the mythology they were inspired from? Or just the Disney-like or grim versions of the tales?
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Does this include the mythology they were inspired from? Or just the Disney-like or grim versions of the tales?

I think, if it has a grim and a Disney version, then it is a well known tale, and so long as people can "recognize" it, which version you derive from shouldn't matter.
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You really shouldn't trust me. For example, I promised Raptori that I would look into something and then write him a PM (in a few days). This was about six months ago, and I still haven't written him.  ::) ;D   I wonder if he still remembers?
Raptoris always remember.  8)
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Offline Peat

For anyone like me who isn't terribly well grounded in one's fairy tales, or is looking for inspiration, this link might be useful

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fairy_tales

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Whew! What a topic!



Creepy looking picture reads "here goes all my best intentions for happy endings".

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One day you will shock us all @Nora with a sneaky romantic happy ending just to show you can  :o :o
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Offline Hedin

That picture reminds me of the original art in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.