Happily Ever After
Posted on November 11th, 2011
The last couple of months has seen the emergence of a marked new trend: Fairytale Retellings. These retellings tend to be aimed at older readers, i.e. YA level, with lyrical sophisticated language, and a propensity to revel in the detail of fairy lore (Seelie and Unseelie, Royal Courts, Feuds, Changelings, Glamours, and sacred Thirteenth Children).
Sleeping Beauty, The Woodcutter’s Daughter, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and A Midsummer Night’s Dream have all landed on my desk in some fresh capacity. As an editor, I have found these retellings very exciting; the idea of bringing something new to the old, revising traditional tales in such a way as to recommend them to a wider audience. There is such a wealth of heritage in fairy tales… So if you are suffering writer’s block, now might be a good time to familiarise yourself with The Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen.