RTW: Once Upon A Time

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s topic:

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!

I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know that many fairy tales other than the ones Disney made into animated—and kid’s friendly—movies.

You guys probably studied some during High School, or were instigated to read some, but as I grew up in Brazil, we don’t tend to look much at fairy tales there.

Anyway, the one that comes into mind is Hansel and Gretel.

Why? Cause I love siblings stories (please, note that I HATE stories where the brothers love the same girl. *cough* The Vampire Diaries *cough*). I want to see more friends-slash-siblings stories out there.

And I just found out about the Hansel and Gretel movie coming out soon:

Huge change from the original tale!

I bet that after this, there’ll be lots of retellings of Hansel and Gretel in our future ;)


Update: I saw Colin’s post (I think I copied something from Colin’s post yesterday too!) and now I want to write a query for a novel I haven’t written—heck, I just came up with this idea two seconds go! So here it is (I wrote this in under 5 minutes, so please, be gentle!):

Abandoned in the foster system since toddlers, siblings Anna and Peter live with the sweet Auntie Dolores. The middle-aged woman is widely known for her kindness and easy smile. But only to outsiders. With Anna and Peter, she’s a mean old bitch. Her heavy hand lands on them every time she thinks they are out of line, and that’s every day.

One night, Dolores spanks Anna until the girl bleeds. Consumed by rage, Peter reacts and hits the old hag for the first time. But one punch isn’t enough. He can’t stop, until the woman is still under him.

Shocked with what he did, Peter runs away with Anna. They try to hide in a small town, lying to whoever comes near. When Anna makes new friends and starts falling for the boy next door, their lies become too fragile. If they want to keep out of trouble and out of the foster system—and away from the police—they have to run again. Feeling like she finally found a place she wants to be, Anna heart is ripped in two: she has to decide if she wants to keep running, or unravel the lies that hold her brother prisoner.

Anna and Peter is a young adult contemporary romance with a dark twist inspired by Hansel and Gretel fairy tale.


What about you? Which fable you would like to see a retelling?


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