Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Road Trip Wednesday, 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!
Better late than never! I had this post almost ready to go last night, then ended up spending most of the day waiting for my car to be serviced.
I haven't read Cinder yet, but I've heard only wonderful things about it, and it is on my TBR list. Cinderella was my favorite childhood story. I collected different versions, which frustrated my mother to no end. Pretty in Pink is still my second all-time favorite movie. (Fight Club is the first.)
Fairy tale retellings are huge right now, and I've seen so many that I'd love to read lately in query contests. But which story would I love to see retold, again? Cinderella. But this version would be called Sweep.
No one remembers Sweep's real name, the one he had before his mother died. Raised by his step-father and step-brothers, who use him for free labor in their janitorial business, Sweep can't wait until he has enough money saved to run away and make a new life for himself. When a client begs him to go to charity ball in his place, and offers to pay him a month's salary to do it, Sweep thinks he's finally found a way to escape. At the party Sweep is mesmerized by a millionaire society girl who wouldn't have given him a second glance any other day. Just when Sweep thinks everything is going his way, he's mistaken for his client and kidnapped at midnight. If he can survive his captors long enough for his princess to find him, with only his glove as a clue, Sweep just might get the happy ending he was hoping for.
That's just a little off-the-cuff idea, but you get what I'm going for: A boy who is rescued by a girl in shining Armani.
Which fairy tale would you love to see re-imagined?
Music for today: Love Song by Adele