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Authors Answer 75 – Re-imagining Fairy Tales

Despite most of them not being as old as they are commonly thought, fairy tales include many of the most archetypal stories.

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I hope everyone enjoyed the special April Fools edition of Authors Answer last week. It wasn’t true at all. We aren’t writing those stories.

This week, we move on to some more creativity. Fairy tales are popular stories, many have been made into Disney movies (and changed so kids can actually watch them). But are we satisfied with how they’re written?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 75 – If you could take any fairy tale and rewrite it as a full-length novel, which would it be and how would you change it to suit your style?

Paul B. Spence

Puss-in-boots, with a neopanther.

In all seriousness, I think I already have. I was strongly influenced by Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories. Rikki-tikki-tavi has some bearing on the last book of my current series. Does Kipling count as fairy tales?

Maybe a twisted version of Sleeping Beauty, with a vampire?

Who knows, not really my thing.

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Authors Answer 35 – Movie Tie-In Novels

Books based on movies? Isn’t that the opposite of what usually happens? But they’re a pretty common thing, and here are opinions on them.

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You know how everyone says that the book is better than the movie? Or you should read the book before you read the movie? What if it’s the other way around, and someone wrote a novel based on the movie? Those are some interesting books (take that as a good or bad interesting, however you like it).

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 35: How do you feel about movie novelisations?

Allen Tiffany

Movies and novels are such different mediums. This is something that too often gets lost in this discussion. But to the question: I’ve read very few novels based on movies. As I recall, I read a few when I was a kid, and they seemed flat and boring. If memory serves, they were more like a description of the movie than anything else.

From the other direction, like all of us, I’ve read a number of books that I later saw as…

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