Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Princess and the... What?

Today's Road Trip Wednesday questions asks:
In honor of this month's Bookmobile book, Marissa Meyer's CINDER, name a fable or story you'd like to see a retelling of. If you're feeling creative, come up with a premise of your own!

First, I can't help but wonder, is there a fable or fairy tale that hasn't been retold? Not that I've read them all, in fact the number of fairtyale retellings I've read is pretty low. Which is weird. Because I love fairy tales.

Anyway, Cinder, Beastly, Entwined. All awesome books. Growing up, Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney Cartoon, but it's been done. I also loved Hercules as a teen, also done. One of my favorite TV shows now is Once Upon A Time which pretty much runs the fairy tale gamut.

After scouring my kids movie shelves, I've come up with one! This has been done as two different Barbie movies, but I don't know if it's been made into a book. It would be a fun one to write, modern day or old-school (both of which Barbie did). Here it is:

The Princess and the Pauper.

A story about a rich girl and poor girl who switch places? I can already picture all the calamity that could ensue, already getting ideas of different ways you could spin it... 

So I think I'm gonna go take some notes. Thanks YA Highway for another new idea! And if someone does know of a good book version of this, let me know so I can add it to my TBR.


  1. Oh, yeah, I have a daughter and we watch those 2 movies yesterday (again!). Actually yesterday was all about Barbie ... and I realized many of the Barbie movies are fairy tale re-tellings!

  2. I wouldn't be surprised if "The Prince and the Pauper" has been re-told (as you say, most fairy tales have been re-done), though I can't think of a book or movie like that. There is the TV reality show "Undercover Boss" (at least here in the States) that's sort of like it. In any case, it doesn't matter if it's been done a squajillion times. If you've got your own take on it, go for it! It's your creative spin that will make it your own. :)

  3. Gosh, I love fairytale retellings so much. I even have a few shelves dedicated to them.

    But, I feel like some are overdone. I'd like to see a Pied Piper one, and perhaps some retellings of stories from other parts of the world. Like, middle-eastern or Japanese, or Indigenous Australian folklore retold. That would be fantastic. But really tricky for person not of that culture to do without exoticising it.

    1. The Pied Piper would be fantastic! That story is horribly twisted. I'd love to see an update.

      I think a 'Princess and Pauper' story would be very appealing to the YA crowd, and you could definitely do a contemporary retelling. Awesome ideas all around!

  4. I bet you could do a really great YA book with this--and in so many different settings. Love it.

  5. That would be pretty awesome...reminds me a little of The Parent Trap and there was a Disney movie a few years back that my daughter watched with a similar premise. Great post!

  6. That would definitely lend itself to a cool retelling. And like Alison mentioned, it kind of reminds me of The Parent Trap, which has always been one of my favourites. You should definitely write this!

  7. The problem with that story is the unlikelihood that two girls look enough alike to swap places. But if you can explain that then you're off and running.

  8. If this had a really different setting or twist it could be really cool; like a fantasy or sci-fi environment. Unless that's not your thing. Something to turn it on its head and make it new. I love that! Here's my YA Highway Post

  9. Oh fun! I'm actually working on a re-telling right now so it's all top secret but great idea!! I think retellings are fun! :-)

  10. Great idea!! That would be an awesome story! :)