Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday

First: I wanted to announce the winner of my 200 follower contest is: Kelley!
Thanks for commenting Kelley. I'm sending out CATCHING JORDAN to you this week.


 

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 is: 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!

Road Trip Song of the Week: "A Dustland Fairytale" by The Killers

What a coincidence: my library has the audiobook of CINDER waiting for me to pick up. To be honest, I'm not crazy about fairy tales in general, but I've heard such great things about this book that I wanted to check it out for myself.

Like I said, I'm not super into fairy tales, but I've watched the recent fairy tale-themed TV shows. Last season I watched Once Upon a Time, and while it's at least different than a lot of current shows, I prefer the real life aspects of the show (Jennifer Morrison is awesome) over the hokey fairy tale parts. I think if I was a kid I'd love it, but now that I'm older it's tough to take seriously a wicked witch who acts like she's on a daytime soap opera. NBC's Grimm is pretty cool, it's edgier and less campy than Once, but I haven't kept up with that show as much. This fall, The CW is bringing back Beauty and the Beast starring Smallville's Kristen Kreuk (who played Lana Lang), so I'll check that one out for sure. Maybe it will be a fun show that hoepfully doesn't take itself too seriously. Maybe I can match it up with my other CW guilty pleasures: Hart of Dixie and The Vampire Diaries.
How about you? Do you have any favorite fairy tale retellings?

18 comments:

  1. You HAVE to finish Grimm season one. It's so good! Season two has been awesome, too. Also, the fact that Kristen Kreuk is in the Beauty and the Beast show makes me want to watch it even more.

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    1. Ahhh, I deleted the rest of the episodes on my DVR to make room for the new fall shows. I can't keep up with everything! I did have a re-run on recently and got sucked back in, but I'd missed a bunch of episodes. Maybe I'll pick it up again instead of Once Upon a Time.

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  2. I'm aware of a lot of the traditional fairy tales either by reading them as a child, or through the Disney versions, which stayed pretty much to the original settings (even if they played fast-and-loose with the story). I haven't seen any of the recent TV shows/movies based on fairy stories, and until this YA Highway, never really considered writing a story based on one. Never say never, though... :) CINDER's definitely on my TBR.

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  3. I watched two episodes of Once and gave up on it. And I haven't watched Grimm, though I think it must be awesome. And I can't wait for Beauty and the Beast from CW, mostly bc their tv series are rocking and I hope this one will rock too ;)

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    1. Beauty & the Beast could be good or really bad. I stuck with Ringer all last year and that was pretty much a trainwreck, but an entertaining one.

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  4. I love fairy tale retellings, but I'd especially like to see more of the lesser known tales retold. There are tons of myths and legends from different cultures that could be mined for great story ideas. The skeleton is already there, and the fun part would be putting a new spin on it. :)

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  5. I'm usually so disappointed by network TV that I haven't watched any of these. I would love HBO to take on a fairy-tale or two though

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  6. Grimm provides viewers with many literary delights, among which are opportunities to explore the concept of Archetypal Criticism. Watching this series, you can trace patterns that occur in almost all fiction literature.

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  7. No favorite fairy tale retelling, but man, that is an excellent song choice.

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    1. I'm really liking The Killers lately.

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  8. I do like fairytale retellings, but they have to be done right. I don't like the hokey stuff either. I read a MG book that I liked called A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, if you're looking for a book recommendation.

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  9. Oh I really wanted to watch both Grimm and Once upon a time but never managed to get into them - i watch WAY too much TV as is! I love Hart of Dixie though, total guilty pleasure! Would move to Bluebell in a heartbeat - what a loser!

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  10. I was way into the first season of Grimm, but I thought the premiere for season 2 was a complete turd. I haven't been keeping up with the show much.

    'Supernatural' does a bit of the mythical retellings as well. I have a whole lotta love for Once Upon A Time as well. I think they've done a good job balancing characters in both worlds, and showing how their fairy tale traits might translate into the real world.

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    1. Supernatural is one of my favorite shows! You're right, they have some fairy tale crossover in some of their episodes. I can't wait for it to come back in October.

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  11. I absolutely adore Once Upon a Time (mostly because of Rumpelstiltskin) and I'm so excited for season two! I have yet to watch Grimm but it's on my list. I'm a little iffy on Beauty and the Beast, but I might watch the first couple episodes just to see if it catches my attention.

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    1. I really like Robert Carlisle, he's probably my favorite part of Once Upon a Time. Loved him in Stargate Universe, which at first I had no interest in watching because I thought the old Stargates were cheesy. But SGU was pretty cool, although it had a short run :( booo.

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  12. Someone else mentioned the CW BatB show and I must check that out! I love fairytale retellings, but they have to be unique. I love Cinderella, but I have seen so much Cinderella lately.

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  13. I love ancient Indian mythohistory, so I'd love to see a retelling of The Ramayana. It would be particularly interesting to see it from Sita (the kidnapped princess)'s POV. If I were writing it, it would be in third-person, though. We hear about Lord Rama, his brother Lakshmana, the noble monkey Hanuman, and all these bears, monkeys, and mythological creatures, but we don't really have any window into what Sita's going through while she's held in captivity for almost a year by this evil demon king in Ceylon while a war wages.

    I nominated you for an award: http://carrieannebrownian.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/one-lovely-blog-award/

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