Category IDEAS with the title: Retelling a Common Story
Write a story that re-tells a commonly known story but write it significantly different.
Format to post on blog:
1. Title of new story based on NAME OF OLD STORY
2. Theme of Original Story: (what is the theme of the old story?)
3. Theme of New Story: (what is the theme of the new story)
4: Premise or Log-line of Original Story:
5. Premise or Log-line of New Story:
6. New story: written in narrative, paragraph form.
NEW: Use metaphor in some way in the story.
Use: Grimm's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Aesop's Fables, Dr. Suess, Nursery Rhymes, Mother Goose, Comic book super hero tales, Edgar Allen Poe, Harry Potter, the Hobbit, Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Miyazaki stories, Franz Kafka, American folktales, etc.
Read: How to Write a Fairy Tale Retelling
Research: You must read the original or as close to the original as possible. Do not use a Disney or Dreamworks version of the story.
- Do not retell the same story the same way - change it significantly but retain enough to reflect back onto the original
- Keep it short and no more than one page
- Keep it simple
- Make sure you have a theme and everything supports it
- Use Metaphor in some way
Do two or more of the following:
- Role reversals (hero and villain)
- Perspective (tell the story through the perspective of one of the characters in the story)
- Change the time period and or location
- Use another genre (tell Snow White in the style of a Detective story)
- Mix two different stories to create a mashup
- Change the mood and emotional intent significantly - (make a serious story humorous or make a light hearted story scary)
- Write it from a feminist or macho perspective
- Change the events in the story to happen in a different order