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I really love the idea of fairy tale retellings. They’re so much fun to read! When I started thinking about it, I realized I haven’t actually read many of the original fairy tales. I’m familiar with the basic idea of the story (from movies or other pop culture) but I hadn’t read the story. I thought about making my way through some fairy tales by reading the original story and then reading a retelling or two of it. That’s a lot of work though and I don’t want to spend months on end working my way through the fairy tales.
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I decided to try to make it an event, involve other bloggers in the fun and share the work! Here’s the basic idea of what I would like to do for Project: Fairy Tale:
- Have a month devoted to Fairy Tales. February 2013. That will give us adequate time to read and schedule our posts.
- Each blogger chooses a fairy tale. They must read the original fairy tale and at least 3 retellings/spin offs of the story. They write a review of each book and post them during the month of Project: Fairy Tale. It’d be awesome if you could compile a list of other retellings of your fairy tale as well. (Preferably the retellings will be Young Adult books or younger.) That’s it!
- Other optional fun things to do: You can make a whole month of it on your blog if you’d like. More reviews, read the fairy tale from another culture, movie reviews, integrate your fairy tale with any features/memes you do, discussion posts, list posts (favorite retelling, most creative retelling, etc), comparing and contrasting the retellings with the original story, anything you can imagine involving your fairy tale! Do as much or as little as you’d like.
- You don’t have to devote the entire month to the event. Just the reviews are required.
- It’s not required but after I ‘clear’ your fairy tale I would love for you to do a sign up post on your blog. Nothing too fancy. Just tell your readers about this project, the fairy tale you chose, and maybe brainstorm your ideas. Plus it’s a great, central place for us to suggest or recommend books about your fairy tale.
- I’ll keep a master post for the month and add people’s posts to it as they’re posted.
The idea is we all will learn a bit more about each fairy tale without having to read everything. We might even find some retellings we need to read! Of course making new blog friends is awesome too.
Does that sound like something you’d like to participate in? Please comment below with which fairy tale you’d like to take. One blogger per fairy tale. First come, first serve. There’s no limit to how many bloggers can participate. I’ll add your name and fairy tale choice to the list. (Comments are moderated.) Sign up ends November 30, 2012.
Feel free to dig a bit deeper with the fairy tales. Cinderella and The Little Mermaid are great choices but it would be fun to explore some of the lesser known fairy tales as well. Try perusing Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, or this list of collections of fairy tales for inspiration. Fairy tales from other cultures are welcomed.
Any questions? Leave them in the comments!
Are you stuck with selecting a fairy tale? I’ve listed some ideas to help you out.
1.Alison @ The Cheap Reader— Rapunzel
2. Rhin @ Perfect Nostalgia— Beauty and the Beast
3. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide— Cinderella
4. Katie @ Words for Worms— Little Red Riding Hood
5. Candice @ The Grown Up YA— Snow White
6. Opal @ The Akamai Reader— Sleeping Beauty
7. Cait @ The Hopeful Heroine— The Snow Queen
8. Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook— East of the Sun, West of the Moon
9. Emily @ Books For Breakfast— The Elves and The Shoemaker
10.Christine @ The Dead Authors Club—Twelve Dancing Princesses
11. Mandy @ The Reading Diaries— The Little Mermaid
12. Hayley @ Cats in Boxes— Jack and the Beanstalk
13. Faith @ Student Spyglass— Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
14. Katie @ Doing Dewey— Robin Hood
15. Alisa @ Picture Me Reading— Snow White and Rose Red
16. Chrissy @ Quirky Chrissy— Rumpelstiltskin
17. Tally @ Bookmarks —The Frog Prince
18. Susan @ The Sisters’ Tale— Hansel and Gretel
19. Alice in Readerland— Puss in Boots
20. WNK @ Excellent Library— Bluebeard
21. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog— Peter Pan
22. Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books— Tam Lin
23. Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot— The Six Swans
24. Susan @ Looking Behind the Cover of a Good Book— Three Billy Goats Gruff
25. Emily @ Too Many Books— The Goose Girl
26. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy— Mr. Fox
27. Dee @ Dee’s Book Blog— The White Cat
28. Carla— The Pied Piper
29. L. M. Sherwin @ Unearthing Words— The Boy Who Cried Wolf
30. Rachel @ Resistance Is Futile— Donkeyskin
31. Alyssa @ Books Take You Places— The Wizard of Oz
32. Bunnita @ Worth Reading It?—The Ugly Duckling
33. Oana Matei @ All Fantasy Worlds— Aladdin and His Magic Lamp
34. Andrea @ Beauty But A Funny Girl— King Arthur
35. Jessica @ That Girl Reads—The Crow
36. Kate @ The Red Thread Quartet— Thumbelina
37. Alyshamichelle— The Juniper Tree