Write Your Own Fractured Fairy Tales!
Monday’s book post had several books in which the author took a traditional fairy tale and twisted it a bit to create a similar and yet very different version of the story.
This is something anyone can do. Today’s post has ideas for creating your own fractured fairy tales. The specific books I referred to can be found in Monday’s post.
Have fun with this!
Read a bunch of fairy tales.
Choose a tale that you want to try re-creating.
Consider the tale’s possibilities. What would be fun to change?
CHANGES TO CONSIDER
Point of View In The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, the story is told by the wolf, who feels the story has been told all wrong. He tells the story from his point of view, to set the record straight.
Characters In The Three Little Tamales by Eric A Kimmel, the three little pigs are now tamales who need to escape from being eaten in a restaurant.
Setting In Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell, the story takes place in a swamp, instead of the typical woods. This gives lots of opportunities to create interesting changes.
Conflict/Problem Also in The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, the conflict is changed from a mean old wolf intent on eating pigs to a poor misunderstood guy with a cold.
Time Period A fairy tale doesn’t have to be set in olden times with castles and royalty. Why not have Cinderella set in modern times with taxis, an office job, and other modern-day twists?
Character Traits If the original has a helpless character who is preyed upon by a strong villain, mix things up. The weak can be stronger, smarter, and/or faster than the villain.
Important Element If the original has a beanstalk, why not make it a Lego tower? Or something equally unlike the original.
Ending Does the original villain get destroyed? How about it shows its true misunderstood (and funny) motives, resulting in an alternative (and funny) resolution. What if the princess hates being a princess and chucks it all to open a shoe store?
ADDITIONS TO CONSIDER
New Characters What if Cinderella’s Prince Charming was not all that charming, but his friend/brother/sister/cousin was? That’s a whole new ending!
Magical Element A discovered magic wand? A sorting hat (like in Harry Potter)? Magic shoes? Lots of possibilities here.
A Continuation What happens after the original story ends? Surely, not all characters live happily (boringly) ever after. There has to be something funny in the future!
FORMAT CHANGES TO CONSIDER
Instead of the traditional format, the story could be rewritten as a:
Letter Goldilocks writes a letter to her aunt explaining why the aunt’s mother (Granny) now refuses to wear a nightgown.
Newspaper Article How would the chosen fairy tale be reported in the local newspaper?
Play Chances are, the chosen fairy tale has lots of dramatic possibilities, not to speak of the costume potential! 12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays by Justin McCory Martin has some fun models to check out.
Advertisement Create a poster for the fairy tale, highlighting the best parts.
Here are a few sites that offer some online guidance for this process. They are not at all necessary to get started, but worth checking out.
Fractured Fairy Tales from Read Write Think
Resources from Twisted World of Fairy Tales
I hope you are getting the idea—fairy tales are a gold mine of fun, creative, and hilarious possibilities. Give it a try!