Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday #11

Weigh in Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Lauren at Epilogue Review, and this week's topic is...

Fairytale Retelling vs. The Original Tale

This is a great topic, and my answer may be a bit of a copout, but I have to say...both!  I've always absolutely adored fairy tales, especially the darker, original Grimms and Han Christian Andersen versions, and obviously the retellings wouldn't exist without the originals!  One thing I love about retellings so much is that they make you look at the original tale in a new way, bringing out new depths and different sides to the stories and characters, so...I just think one wouldn't be as strong without the other!  Reading a great retelling makes me want to go back to the original, find different versions from various cultures, etc.; on the other hand, reading a traditional fairy tale I was previously unfamiliar with makes me want to seek out retellings or think about writing my own.


  1. About retellings, have you watched "Once Upon a Time"? I've wanted to watch it for a while now, but haven't found the time. Some say it's great, some say it isn't anything special. I'm just wondering.. Is it any good?

    By the way, I like your angle on this topic, now that I think about it, I want to see "Snow White and the Huntsman" just to know what the writers have done to the story line compared to the original :)Have yoy seen it yet?

    1. I only watched the first episode of Once Upon a Time, which I wasn't that into, but a lot of people love it...and I haven't seen Snow White and the Huntsman yet either. I just haven't had time for movies lately!