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Help! I have to write a fractured fairytale. Anyone have any ideas?

Fractured fairy tales are stories that take traditional fairy tales and give them twists to make them humorous and relevant to modern readers. To write one, select a fairy tale that you are familiar with and change the characters, setting, plot, or ending to make it funny and give it a contemporary message.

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Fractured fairy tales are stories that use the basic elements of traditional fairy tales but then rearrange or reimagine them with modern sensibilities and concerns in mind. They are often parodies of the original stories and exaggerate or twist things for comic effect and also to emphasize various aspects that...

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Fractured fairy tales are stories that use the basic elements of traditional fairy tales but then rearrange or reimagine them with modern sensibilities and concerns in mind. They are often parodies of the original stories and exaggerate or twist things for comic effect and also to emphasize various aspects that are relevant to contemporary readers. The term "Fractured Fairy Tales" comes from a recurring segment of a cartoon television show that aired from 1959 to 1964 called The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends. In one episode, a capitalistic prince finds Sleeping Beauty but instead of waking her, he creates a theme park called Sleeping Beautyland.

To write a fractured fairy tale, you first choose a traditional fairy tale, and then you change it in some way. There are several ways you can make changes and still keep the basic story recognizable. For instance, you can change the characters. In the example above, the noble prince in Sleeping Beauty is changed into a conniving capitalist. You can also change the setting. You could have Sleeping Beauty in a modern skyscraper instead of a castle tower, and have her be guarded by the modern equivalent of a dragon. You can change the conflict or the plot. For example, instead of a prince searching for a sleeping woman, you could have an adventurous woman seeking a sleeping prince. You could change the ending. Maybe Sleeping Beauty wakes up after the prince kisses her, but she doesn't like him and wants to go back to her old boyfriend.

Numerous modern children's books use the device of fractured fairy tales. Here are some examples to give you more ideas. In Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz, the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood gets a twist as Red Riding Hood and her grandmother have martial arts skills to help them fight the Big Bad Wolf. In Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems, the three bears are replaced by hungry dinosaurs. In Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? by David Levinthal, Blinky the police frog investigates Humpty Dumpty's supposed accident.

As you can see by these examples, writing a fractured fairy tale can be easy and fun. Just choose a traditional fairy tale and change it in some way to make it funny and relevant.

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