Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fairy Tales


“Once upon a time…” are the familiar words we usually associate with favorite stories from our childhood. But fairy tales aren’t just for children’s or young adults. All age groups enjoy a great book based on timeless stories we all know and love. And the bonus is we’re not plagiarizing when we lift the story and craft it into our own creation. The classical tale provides the basic plot structure, but each of us gets to write something creative and unique. Fairy tales are perfect for romantic fiction and are an inseparable part of the genre.

They appeal to us for lots of reasons. We remember them fondly, and they reflect the ethics and morality of our society. Also, having the plot and maybe even the theme outlined can make the daunting task of developing a story much easier. Writing a book from scratch is hard enough without having to ‘reinvent the wheel’ every time we start a story. Our job is to personalize the fairy tale and make it into an original story, one that only we could write. We’re free to make our work a novel for kids or adults, historical or contemporary. The possibilities are endless.

We love to see good triumph over evil and we love the guaranteed happily-ever-after ending. Who doesn’t love to see the downtrodden heroine win the love of the handsome prince?


Choose a fairy tale to base your book on. The well known ones are always wonderful—“Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” or “Snow White.” But you also might consider less known ones such as those found in books by the Brothers Grimm, the Arabian Knights or Hans Christian Anderson.

Do you want to keep the setting true to the original story or do you want to change it? You can do a science fiction type setting if you want, or create a new Middle Earth. Let your imagination run free and see what you come up with.

You can use the basic plot framework, but change the characters all around. For example, switch the hero with the villain and see what happens. Twist the genders like in the story “Cinderfella.” Stories that once involved a lovely girl and her mean, ugly step-sisters can be changed into a novel about a corporate executive and her nasty, jealous office staff. How about a scarred detective and a beautiful widow? That could come from “Beauty and the Beast.”


Here’s a list of several popular fairy tales you might change into a romance. The Frog King, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Nightingale, Princess and the Pea, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Six Swans, Snow White and Rose Red, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Three Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling.

Three of the favorites are “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.” For detailed information of the romance structure of these stories check out “Story Structure Architect” by Victoria Lynn Schmidt.


This is from the “Beauty and the Beast” structure. The hero falls in love with the heroine and is left at her mercy. Except where she’s concerned, he’s usually a very powerful man. He needs her to love him back to make his life complete and save him from his less than perfect life.

Act 1
We meet the heroine. Her life is stable, and can be either good or bad. An obstacle or chance meeting brings the hero and heroine together. He’s often a loner and not too polished. The hero falls in love with her right away, and not because of her beauty.

Act 2
A task or situation forces them together. She’s hesitant and unsure about their relationship. He does something so fantastic, protective or thoughtful (heroic!) that she falls in love with him. But obstacles keep them from expressing their love.

Act 3
The hero finds himself in trouble, but the heroine saves him with her love. And they live happily ever after.

It’s a simple structure, but think how many great stories can be developed from this. Can you think of any romance novels that come directly from fairy tales? Usually they’re easy recognize and often the titles reflect the name of the original story.



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74 comments :

  1. Yeah, same old gal here. But, hey, somebody has to look after the coffee pot.

    There's plenty set to brew, and the fairy tale people are invited to have a cup along with everyone else.

    Food for thought here, Cara. Thanks for sharing.

    Helen

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  2. Hi Cara:

    I’ve thought of a version of Sleeping Beauty where a beauty queen is in a car accident and goes into a coma. Her parents are dead and after a few months all attention is lost. Her fiancé stops seeing her. She is left alone in a state hospital for years.

    The hero has loved her since childhood. She never noticed him in the background. He helped her many times in her life but she never knew it. When the crowds are gone and no one cares he sits and reads to her every day. He tells her all the things he did for her. He believes that you can bring a person out of a coma by talking to them long enough. He just assumes she can hear him and that her brain is not dead.

    When the hero relates all the things he did for her behind the scenes – those scenes light up and become the story. The love is so true and unselfish that the hero becomes very sympathetic.

    All the time that he is telling her how much he loves her and will always love her, she can hear him but she can’t see him, she can’t talk, she can’t awaken. She remembers the events in a very different way from how he tells them. With his help she is living her life over again from childhood to the last beauty pageant. To the crash. He would always kiss her on the forehead when leaving. Then one day her lips form a kiss and he kisses her on the lips. She awakens in full understanding of his love and of the meaning of her life.

    Vince

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  3. I love books based on fairy tales, especially ones based off of Cinderella! Ever After is my favorite movie version. Love By The Book sounds charming! :)
    jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. Fairy Tales. Delightful, classic, and they never get old.

    What I'm working on right now is the most similar to Beauty and the Beast. But my favorite has to be Sleeping Beauty.

    Has anyone seen the trailers for "Brave"? I think it's based on a Scottish fairy tale.

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  5. Vince -- That story has me sighing a silent "Awww." So sweet!

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  6. Great breakdown of the fairy tale structure! You make it sound so easy. Blessings to you on the wonderful tales that you write!

    Carla
    carlagade {at} gmail {dot} com

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  7. I Love, Love, Love Fairy tales, and nursery rhymes. My Dad has some old classics with all the old fairy tales in them I read them time and again.
    Now, off subject. Last night well probably early this morning,(Wednesday) I had a dream. I was at a convention or seminar with a whole bunch of you. Helen, Ruthy, Mary, Jan, Tina maybe there were others. I kept trying to ask you a question but I couldn't get an answer because I didn't know what your voices sounded like. Then I woke up. :o)

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  8. Vince!!!! I SO love that!! Gimme the book now and no one gets hurt...

    Sweeeeet.

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  9. P.S. Cara, this post was everything I love about good stories, including ones like yorus and Shannon Hale's books.

    Catching up on the Seeker posts I missed. Mia's was amazing! Really neat to see her formula for success.

    And Sandra's great post on individual likes and dislikes is really, really true. Perfect for anybody suffering from Genesis-finals envy!

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  10. Vince, you should totally go for it! Sounds Nicholas Sparksish - You said you'd never write category - but you could write whatever Sparks does!

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  11. I notice my favourite fairytale isn't mentioned "The Snow Queen" which in some ways would be harder to change considering there is a splinter of a mirror that affects the hero.
    Although I guess that could be a slinter of jealously or envy, greed etc. and he falls under the clutches of a not so nice person and the heroine does all she can to save him.

    I have Love by the book so dont need to be entered. (I still have to get love on assignment at some stage)

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  12. Thanks for the super blog post, Cara.

    Who can resist a story which begins with "Once upon a time. . ." I certainly can't and I love the idea of basing a novel on a fairy tale.

    Please enter me in the draw.
    Thanks

    Ruth
    ruthdell (at) mweb (dot) co (dot) za

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  13. I have to admit, I still look for books based on fairy tales!

    Melanie Dickerson has written a few lately that I just love.

    natashasiegrist at hotmail dot com

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  14. Hi Cara,
    I have sons and left the fairy tale world behind years ago.
    Now I have a granddaughter, and she is a princess girl. So I'm into the world of princess stories and loving it. (After years of boys I wasn't sure what to do with little girls because I learned to love little boy adventures.)
    This is a great post, thanks for sharing!
    Joyfully,
    Jackie L.
    joyfuljel(at))gmaildotcom

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  15. Thanks for the coffee, Helen. I'd bring some food, but I'm at a hotel in St. Augustine on a research trip for my next book, so I'm not near a kitchen. Maybe someone else can come up with breakfast...

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  16. Great story, Vince! Are you going to write it? You don't need a complicated structure to make a wonderful novel. All you need is a vivid imagination. Writers certainly have that.

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  17. Cara, I love fairy tales, especially the Disney versions. I'm mouse phobic but the mice in Cinderella delight me. Ah, the power of the pen and the camera. I've never based a story on a fairy tale but I'm tempted.

    Janet

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  18. Cara,

    Thank you!! You've just given me the best idea for a story. I've been trying to think of my hero's story for weeks and nothing was coming! Now I have it!

    --Kirsten

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  19. Cara, love this post. :) I also like how you outlined the plot structure of Beauty and the Beast (my favorite fairy tale) in a way that's general enough to picture lots of story ideas! My first story isn't based on a fairy tale, but I'm going to have to think on that for future stories. :)

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  20. Oh, CARA, I LOOOOOOVE fairy tales!!! That's all I wanted to read when I was a little girl, ESPECIALLY the romantic ones!!

    The only movie that comes to mind for me is Ever After with Drew Barrymore, one of my faves, which is a pretty blatant adaptation of Cinderella.

    And, of course, no one does fairy tales better than our own Melanie Dickerson with her fabulous YA novels, so check 'em out!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  21. Mary, it's funny you had a dream with Seekers in it. I do too once in a while. They're always dreams, not nightmares!

    Jennifer, I think lots of romance books are based on Cinderella. Maybe it's the ultimate fairy tale since it features Prince Charming. Who doesn't want him to fall in love with her?

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  22. Cara, honey, are you reading my mind?!?!?! LOL! "The classical tale provides the basic plot structure, but each of us gets to write something creative and unique. Fairy tales are perfect for romantic fiction."

    Definitely agree!!! I love, love, love turning fairy tales into "real" stories. I love taking the basic story and fleshing it out, embellishing it, and making it "real," a story that could have actually happened and spawned the fairy tale.

    Let's see, I've done Sleeping Beauty (The Healer's Apprentice) and Beauty and the Beast (The Merchant's Daughter) and I have a Snow White story coming out in August (The Fairest Beauty) and a Cinderella story (still untitled) coming out early next year. And this is a secret to be kept between us Seekervillians, but I am working on a proposal for two more. I guess I better not say any more. ;-)

    I could definitely see me doing some of the fairy tales more than once. I mean, I could have done Sleeping Beauty so many other ways, and Beauty and the Beast too. In fact I so love the Beauty and the Beast story and themes that I am pretty sure I'll do that one again some time. There's so much potential there! I love it.

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  23. I can't believe Google ate my comment!

    Okay let's try again.

    Cara, I love this great reminder of the basics of storytelling. I make my writing life so much more difficult than it needs to be simply by trying to reinvent the wheel each time.

    Stupid.

    I love Beauty and the Beast. I love the timeless plot, the story essence, the Disney panache.

    Our own Melanie Dickerson does a lovely job in the retelling of this tale in a Medieval setting in her book, The Merchant's Daughter.

    I love the classics and I'd much rather read Beauty and the Beasty rather than Grapes of Wrath ANYDAY!!

    Great reminder, Cara!!

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  24. So Cara, which ones have you done?????

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  25. LOL, between Blogger eating my first comment and my recomposing it, MELANIE slipped in and stole my thunder!!

    Great stories, Mel!!

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  26. Natasha, thanks for mentioning my books! :-)

    Now I see Julie and Audra mentioned my books too. Thanks, you lovely people that I love! ;-)

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  27. Morning Cara, Great post. I LOVE fairy tales.

    And Virginia, I'm going to have to fight you for Vince's fairy tale.

    Vince, you must write it. My heart is already melting for the heroine.

    Yes, Melanie does do well with those fairy tales.

    One of my children's book is a version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. So fun.

    Cara I'll bring us a fairy tale breakfast. Just imagine a large buffet in the castle. One huge oak table is loaded with decadent piles of fresh fruit.

    Another oak table has gorgeous silver trays loaded with pastries. Every kind you can imagine. I especially ordered cheese filled pastries. yum

    And then there is a handsome chef ready to cook your omelet. He has trays of fresh veggies from he garden, a variety of meats, and cheeses. So order it the way you want.

    Okay, I guess you realize now I'm hungry. LOL

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  28. Wow, Vince, that sounds like a wonderful story! I can't imagine who wouldn't want to read that! Awesome story idea! You better write it before someone else does!

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  29. In the teen magazine, Justine, they recently did a two-page spread about YA books based on fairy tales, and there are several of them out of there, of all flavors. There was one series based on Snow White where the characters are vampires. ! And thanks to my wonderful forward-thinking editor at Zondervan, there are two fairy tale re-tellings of the Christian flavor. :-)

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  30. Melanie Dickerson, are you out there?
    I've read and loved both of Melanie's novels inspired by Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. In fact I can't decide which I like best.

    Julie~ I was going to mention Ever After. I'm surprised Melissa didn't. She "made" me watch it with her waaaaay back in the late 90s. I wasn't a big Drew Barrymore fan. But it turns out that didn't matter. It's one of my all time favorites.

    Vince~ WOW! You really are a romantic guy. I'm vividly picturing the movie as I read that.

    I'd love to be entered to win.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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  31. Vince, I think you have a winner! How romantic!

    The possibilities are endless with fairy tale set-ups.

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  32. And I agree with what's been said already, if you want to see some MEGA award winning re-telling of fairytales IN ACTION that are on shelves RIGHT NOW, check out books by our very own MELANIE DICKERSON!!!

    Oh, be still my heart!

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  33. Audra~ She did it to me too. Now my "Melanie Dickerson, are you out there?" looks pretty silly. I promise she was no where in sight when I began posting that comment.

    Vince~ At the risk of sounding presumptuous, I'm picturing an ending to your story...

    The beauty's recovery kindles media interest in her once again. The fiance wants her back (he's such a cad). Our hero, wanting only her happiness, and believing she still wants what she always wanted before the accident, is fully prepared to fade into the background once again and love her from afar. When she sees nothing of him for a few days/weeks, whatever, she seeks him out. "You said you loved me, you'd always love me. But you've left me and I want to know why?" She blows off the media, kicks Mr. Cad to the curb, and they live happily ever after.

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  34. Aw, you're so sweet, Pam! :-)

    Andrea, thanks. ;-) You guys are all sweet.

    And Audra, I have no doubt you're going to be creating your own thunder with your books again one day soon!

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  35. Melanie, were your books included in the spread in Justine? The last line in your commnet made me think you were, but I wasn't sure.

    If so, you GO, girl! That is awesome!

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  36. What I like is how you show all the ways a story can be told differently many times over and still be fresh. Nothing new under the sun, but we all bring our own uniqueness into play.

    Thanks for the encouragement to look at things from new angles!

    I would *love* to be entered in the giveaway. (And I plan to check out Melanie's stories as I haven't had a chance to do so yet.)

    Emily
    emily_reynolds(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. And thanks, Sandra! And Emily, I hope you will like them. ;-)

    Pam, yes, they did include The Merchant's Daughter. They had the cover and a short little description of it underneath. All the other books were secular.

    I think it is so admirable of Zondervan to let their YA editor acquire so many YA books of all kinds of "new" subgenres, like distopian, a genetic cloning thiller type story, a story about half-angels, fairy tale retellings set in the middle ages, lots of stuff that is "out of the box."

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  38. Hi Cara,
    Disney has me hooked. Just say the title of any of the 'princess' movies and I'm off signing the opening song! I'm guessing that the main theme of Beauty and the Beast will be playing in my head most of today, lol.

    Thanks for reminding me that I don't have to reinvent the wheel. Subconsciously, I must think that my life is complicated, because my first drafts are usually all over the place with conflict and drama. I always have to go in and edit out time for my characters to breathe.

    Thanks for the post!

    Lyndee
    spooler(at)comcast(dot)net

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  39. Correction - I'm off singing, not signing. Although I do sign in American Sign Language...a bit rusty though...

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  40. Thought-provoking post, Cara. I hadn't considered the story structure of a fairytale separate from the story ... If that makes sense :-) And yet the story structure is so strong that when I hear "a Cinderella story" has happened to someone in the news I immediately know what that implies.

    I would love to be entered in the drawing ... This is one of the few "Seeker books" I haven't read:
    nancy (dot) connally (at) gmail (dot) com

    Vince, that is a super story! A definite "awww."

    Nancy C

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  41. Cara, I tell people that, to me, the fundamentals of Harry Potter are Tom Sawyer--with magic.

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  42. Vince, the problem with your beautiful story, and it is beautiful, is the sleeping heroine.
    That is a really dull character to write.
    But how can we have a woman who sleeps through the whole book also be an engaging character. Unless you skim through the coma years in a page and a half, which could be done.
    It's such a lovely set up for a story. Go write it.

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  43. Great post, Cara!

    I love fairy tale retellings - as long as they stick to the original flavor of the story. I've read some that were anti-romantic stories, and they really destroy the underlying message of the fairy tale.

    Melanie does a wonderful job - not only does she keep some of the fantasy flavor (like the rose image in The Merchant's Daughter), but she brings the factual, historical setting to life, as well - and always keeping the underlying message intact.

    Years ago I read an essay in defense of fairy tales - that when you get them down to the essence of the story, they retell the great story of Christ redeeming his bride, the Church. Now that's the ultimate romance!

    Vince - I'm in line to read that book when you get it written.

    Mary Cline - here's hoping all your dreams come true!

    Cara, please put me in the drawing:
    jandrex(at)juno(dot)com

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  44. Hi Andrea:

    Your ending would be very strong if the story were to go beyond the wake-up kiss. In this case, the hero would have believed in love, in the heroine, even in God’s healing power, but not in himself. It would be the heroine who gives him the gift of believing in himself. I think this would be a great ending. It would let the heroine be proactive. A wonderful idea and not presumptuous at all.

    The Rest of the Story

    I envisioned a novella ending with the wake up kiss. The heroine was vain, just 19, and an unbeliever. She had no real friends, just hanger-ons. The hero was older and had already made a success of his life.

    Over the years that she was in a coma he gave her a fascinating ‘story version’ of a college education: the story of literature, the story of world history, the story of the bible, in short, he gave her the very best of himself. (He is just like Sterling in “The Price of Victory” – now there’s a hero.)

    When the heroine finally wakes up after seven years much of her beauty is gone but she has become a beautiful, very well educated, deeply spiritual, Christian person. When she awakes the hero says,

    “Welcome home.”

    And she says, “I don’t agree with you that ‘Hamlet’ was the first existential work of literature”.

    He looks up at the ceiling and says, "I’ve created a monster!"

    ***

    Did you notice that this is also Pygmalion?

    A man will write a different kind of romance, won't he? : )

    Vince

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  45. Okay, Vince. Great story. But no conflict. Add your conflict thread.

    Evil doctor who wants to take her off the live support so the family can donate a portion of Beauty's fortune to his wing of the new hospital.

    We need a worry factor.

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  46. Great post, Cara. Who doesn't LOVE fairytales? Especially the part: And they all lived happily ever after!

    Loved Vince's story, but Tina has a good point! It's all about the conflict!

    Cheers,
    Sue
    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

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  47. Wow never thought of it but I guess we do this all the time....and if we don't we should!

    Great post.

    Good luck & God's Blessing.
    PamT

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  48. Oh, sorry... Forgot to give titles! Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Impossible by Nancy Wirlin, Book of a Thousand Days...

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  49. Okay, catching up on all the comments.

    YES, Melanie's books!! I meant to write the obvious, but got caught up in Vince's story.

    Tina's right. The conflict is missing. I like the idea of life and death and money and BIG hospital types fighting his convictions that she was in there, listening.

    And it occurs to me, Mary Connealy, that this would be a better screen play, than a book. Definitely N. Sparks type of chick flick. Then we could see the heroine in flashbacks.

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  50. Love fairy tales. Have definitely thought about writing modern versions of favorite stories. I like this idea of getting down to the bones of the structure, though, and using it as a guideline for story plot.

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  51. Hi Tina:

    I agree with you and everyone else that the story needs more conflict. I was going to have conflict in the flashbacks when the hero appears from the background in the heroine’s mind and the heroine sees that he was there for the first time. However, this is not strong enough. Besides flashbacks are not thought very highly of these days.

    Therefore, the heroine’s mother and father are killed in the same car crash. They left their millions to their daughter unless she was dead in which case their mega-church gets the money.

    The state has a simultaneous death law in which people who die within 90 days of each other, from injuries incurred in the same accident, are considered to have died at the same time. If the heroine dies within 90 days, the church gets the money – the church does good works with the money. If the heroine lives past the 90 days and then dies, the money goes to the state by escheat.

    All these good Christians want her to die quickly. They want the plug pulled so she will join her Maker. Their arguments are very strong about not having to take heroic means to prolong a life. The hero believes in her and spends his savings to defend her life and give her a chance to live.

    The clock is ticking. Both sides become more desperate. Will the money go to the church and a good cause or will the government get the money to waste on boondoggles?

    Or will she come out of the coma and enjoy her HEA?

    This story is too difficult for me but I think Mary could deal with this 'right to die, right to live' issue.

    Imagine: Sleeping Beauty where it is the good people who do not want her to wake up but ratherr die? I’m not sure this is a fairy tale any longer.

    Vince

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  52. Fantastic books, Cara. I would love to
    win it. godblessamerica.jan at gmail.com

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  53. Can I just say I've snuck a peek at Mellie's new stuff?

    Preorder now.

    Whether you can or not.

    Preorder.

    Seriously.

    It's some good stuff!

    Really really good!

    Andrea - if you can't choose which one is your fave now, you'll have a really hard time after the next two are out!

    :D

    I'm debating on a contemp version of one, but I don't even have enough to formulate a sentence here about it... :D

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  54. Vince, those don't sound like "good Christians" to me. Don't get real Christians mixed up with the fictional ones on that TV show, GCB.
    :-)
    Couldn't resist.

    I do think it would be an awesome story. I'd change the "mega church" to some fake cause, like "Save the Furry Animals--Make Pets Not Coats."

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  55. Was it in a Weekend edition I read a link with the Cinderella story curve? Someone said all stories are Cinderella stories. Someone else said all stories are Jane Eyre.
    Jan- could you find that essay? Maybe all really good fairy tales do tell the story of Christ redeeming His bride the Church. I love that and will have it in the back of my mind as I read things now.
    Betty Neels, my long time favorite, uses a Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella theme again and again.
    I do love Fairy tales thanks for this Cara.

    I would love a chance to win your book!

    mcline@bbc.net

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  56. I've just finished reading a book called Once. It had retellings of Cinderella, Repunzel and Milan. Cinderella learns to get along with Stepmother and stepsisters, Repunzel is bald. Mulan still talked of her going to fight but it told a lot of the prior to story.

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  57. Oh, I'm so sorry I'm late to this convo because I love fairy tales (waving to our Melanie Dickerson!!!) and I love branching them into other dimensions/genres...

    And people forget to put the idea of sci fi or speculative and mix it up, but that's pretty much what brought Steampunk around... Sherlock Holmes... Hudson Hawk (before it was popular) I love that mix of ideas and fancy!

    Cara, awesome!!!! I'm working now but I'll stop back and make fun of people soon!!!!

    (Ruthy is actually pretty sure that no one is waiting for that with bated breath.... Or is it baited breath? Fish-catching breath??? Oh, yuck...)

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  58. Great reminder, Cara! Who can resist a timeless tale of happily-ever-after romance?

    Maybe that's why I'm hooked on Once Upon a Time, the TV series on Sunday nights. The writers have really put a spin on our old favorite fairy tales, and it's fun trying to guess who's who and where they're going with the plot.

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  59. Fairy tale re-tellings are one of my favorites things to read, that aren't always Christian Fiction. I always love a good Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast, because I always want to know how they are going to tell it differently. Lovely post.
    I also like re-tellings of other Fairy Tales too :)
    It's true there is definitely something timeless about a Fairy tale :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

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  60. So, Cara, does this mean you are writing a fairy tale retelling?

    I love them to bits. My first thought was Melanie Dickerson, but I see that her name has popped up a time or two. Here are a few I've loved:

    Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
    Beauty by Robin McKinley
    The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
    Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

    Oy there are so many! I just googled fairy tale retellings and discovered a great list on good reads with tons of titles I haven't seen before. Must check them out!

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  61. Virginia, this coma/sleeping beauty book Vince wants me to write is now going to be a movie?

    I have trouble keeping up with all these developments.
    You guys just keep working on my career, okay?

    :)

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  62. Melanie, you're the Queen of Fairy Tales! Yours are fabulous. I'm glad you're going to write more.

    I've never based a story on a fairy tale, but I'm going to. Sometimes it's hard to think up a good plot, but fairy tales are already structured for us. Why not use the basic story. I bet we all could think up several stories for every fairy tale and they'd all be completely different.

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  63. Vince, if I write this story someone's going to have to shoot at the sleeping beauty.
    And she's in no condition to run for her life. Oh yeah, I feel the tension growing already!

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  64. Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella are my favorites.

    I love Vince's version of Sleepy Beauty, but I keep getting interferring thoughts from the movie While You Were Sleeping.

    Connie

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  65. I think Carol Moncado is referring to the fact that I let her read my next two books that are yet to be released. Well, they aren't up for pre-order yet! Zondervan's marketing team is doing a new thing. Instead of putting my book on Amazon.com 6 months before it comes out, they're going to do a big "reveal" of the cover for The Fairest Beauty in June, just two months before it comes out. I haven't even seen it yet.

    Cara, you should totally write some fairy tale retellings! So much fun. I love putting little twists on the plot and the characters.

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  66. How about this? Mary and Vince can co-write a screenplay!!! But it's the opposite of While You Were Sleeping, really. I think it would be awesome, and quite Nicholas Sparks-ish, as someone else pointed out.

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  67. Beauty and the Beast was the best. Would love to win your book:) clp1777(at)aol(dot)com

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  68. You've got me thinking up new story lines, Cara!

    Hugs!!!

    Ah, who's your favorite Prince Charming?

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  69. Yep. That's what I meant. Mellie's next to are not available to preorder yet, but the minute they are, you should preorder them.

    Cuz they're that good.

    Pinky promise.

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  70. Cara, enjoyed your post. I also enjoyed your previous books and am anxious to read this one. Thanks for entering me.
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  71. I'm late to the party... or is it a ball? I enjoyed the post Cara (the twins love the pictures... my two little princesses)



    Please enter me into the drawing adams fammys at yahoo dot com

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  72. Fairy Tales have inspired so many brilliant stories.

    Count me in for the giveaway thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  73. Thanks for the great post. Fairy tales are so attractive because the hero and heroine overcome great obstacles before finally having their happily ever after ending.

    Please enter me in the book drawing.
    cynthiakchow (at) EarthLink (dot) net

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