Fractured Fairytales

“Ladies. Has it ever occurred to you that fairy tales aren’t easy on the feet?” Kelly Link, Travels with the Snow Queen

Writing a fractured fairy-tale simply means re-working a familiar story in a different way. Writers often use this as an excuse to develop the story’s plot further- adding subplots, new characters or animal companions, putting more investment into the stakes, etc. Some authors play with the tone, making the tale more humorous (such as “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka) or cynical rather than traditional. The morals or lessons involved in the story are modernized or replaced with more influential themes for audiences of the current time. Eventually the original story is sophisticated using dialogue, emotional resonance, and foreshadowing of events that didn’t occur in the original story.

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Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs re-tells…

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