Write Your Own Fractured Fairy Tale
Before writing a fractured fairy tale it’s important to reread classic tales and then to read fractured fairy tales. I’ve made a Pinterest board with some of my favorite fractured fairy tales. I have link to it below. As you read the classics and the fractured fairy tales, make a list of characters, settings, and objects that are important to the story. Later you can use this list to come up with ideas for your own story.
To write a fractured fairy tale you take a familiar tale and make it your own by changing things up. You can change the main character or setting or both. You can give the main character a different problem You can also mix several fairy tales into a story by finding a common element. That’s what I did in A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE. I used fairy tales where food was important to the plot and came up with a new story that incorporated several fairy tales.
If you’re writing a fractured fairy tale you can add an element of fun by including common characters or items from other fairy tales. My author friend Tara Lazar did this in LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD. It’s amazing how many fairy tales characters and references she included in her story.
When writing your fractured fairy tale make sure you have a beginning, middle, and end. Use strong nouns and vivid verbs that fit your main character and setting. Also make sure that your main character has a problem to solve. Many times this includes a villian to keep things exciting.
I have a Pinterest Board that features fractured fairy tales. To see the entire board click HERE.
3 Easy Cooked-Up Fairy Tale Concoctions
Featuring Recipes From William’s Kitchen
Since William stirred up a lot of trouble on his way to becoming the castle chef, he learned to leave the actual fairy tale food to Judy, Chief of Fairy Tale Headquarters. But that didn’t stop him from using fairy-tale like ingredients from the local market to create dishes to keep the prince and Cinderella eating happily-ever-after. These quick treats have become favorites at the castle and William was kind enough to share his recipes so that they can become your favorites, too!
Stick House Treats
18 oz white chocolate
3 cups pretzel sticks, broken into pieces (as if the Big Bad Wolf has blown down the stick house)
2 cups salted peanuts
1½ cup Craisins
Place white chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds.
Stir and repeat until melted and smooth. (You can also melt chocolate in a double boiler.)
Stir pretzel sticks, peanuts, and Craisins into chocolate.
Drop rounded spoonfuls onto wax paper.
Cool and enjoy! If you really love them, you can oink like the Three Little Pigs!
Giantly Delicious Cloud Cake
A 9 oz. angel food cake (homemade or store bought)
1 ½ cups of Cook Whip
6 snack size Kit Kat bars, chopped
Cocoa powder, optional
Cut angel food cake in half horizontally.
Stir chopped Kit Kat pieces into Cook Whip.
Spread Cool Whip, Kit Kat mixture on bottom half of cake.
Lay top half of cake on top of mixture.
Dust with cocoa powder if desired.
Slice and serve with chocolate syrup drizzle.
Enjoy as you dream of climbing a beanstalk to visit the giant’s castle in the clouds.
William’s Stuffed Fairy Tale Apple
Raw apple (of the Snow White sort)
2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin (of the Cinderella sort) or sunflower seeds
2 T raisins
2 T granola
1T of orange juice concentrate, thawed
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Peanut butter to coat inside of apple
Jelly bean-the color of a real bean (of the Jack in the Beanstalk sort)
Wash the apples.
Cut off the top of the apple horizontally and hollow out the apple.
Chop edible parts of the apple into small pieces avoiding the core and seeds.
Mix the apple pieces with pumpkin (or sunflower seeds) and raisins.
Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste.
Add orange juice.
Mix well and set aside.
Coat the inside of the apple with peanut butter.
Stuff with the apple mixture and top with a jellybean.
Grab a spoon and your favorite fairy tale book to read while you enjoy your Stuffed Fairy Tale Apple!