I'm on the email list for a site called The Write Practice and today they sent a great, timely email about Into the Woods (the film) and using old stories and fairy tales as inspirational material for new stories and novels. Here's a teaser from the article and a link to the ful article, and don't forget to check out the practice exercise:
by Liz Bureman
This weekend, I finally got around to seeing Into the Woods. Years ago, I saw the play the film is based on with my high school drama club on Broadway. Of course, because Into the Woods is a Disney film, there were a few things from the original musical that didn’t make it to the big screen (the fate of Rapunzel, the Baker’s Wife’s encounter with Cinderella’s Prince, etc.). Despite those changes, the overall theme of the musical remained intact.
Revisionism and Why Writers Should Rewrite Fairy Tales
Reimagining existing stories or genres of stories through a different lens is called revisionism, and it can be a great creative exercise.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who has been frustrated by the changes that have been made to modern fairy tales. Sure, everyone feels good when there’s a happy ending, but life doesn’t exist in a happy ending bubble.
Take the Disneyfied version of The Little Mermaid or Rapunzel, and bring it back down to earth.
Or take a modern “fairy tale”, like the Twilight series or Fifty Shades of Grey, and bring it back to the world of reality with a healthy dose of pragmatism and a female protagonist who is secure in who she is.
While we all enjoy a dose of escapism from time to time...Read Full Article