I don't normal post things I write for class, but I'm kind of proud of this. We'll see how proud I am after I go through workshop next week, but yeah.

This story starts with a prince... )


Apr. 21st, 2011 11:57 pm
So, this is an assignment I started for class, but since I'm not turning it in, I figure it's okay for me to post. And to be quite honest, I've been trying to do a re-write of this story for a while, even if the one I had in mind was slightly less....evil. Anyway, our assignment was to re-write a children's story from a new perspective, and I chose to re-write The Twelve Dancing Princesses, since it's been one of my favorite fairy tales for a long time now. I chose to re-write mine from the perspective of one of the underground princesses. The whole premise (I will post the revised story even if I don't count the words, but just for now so you're not total lost) is to turn the story on it's head, and make the princesses, not the princes evil. Because in most early version of the story (all of them involve the princesses going dancing each night in a magical underground kingdom, and each night, they dance so much, they wear out their shows.

The king is mightily miffed about this happening each night and sets a challenge that if someone could come and figure out where they go each night, he may marry the daughter of his choice and inherit the kingdom) the contestants were beheaded if they could not figure out where the princesses went (later versions include them being thrown into the dungeon (and later released) or no punishment for not figuring it out). But the truly disturbing thing is that the girls allow them to be beheaded, even laughing at the soldier/ cobbler /farm boy who figures them out. Some people attempt to justify this by saying that they were enchanted, or cursed. I attempt no such justification in this story. This is the beginning which will be revised and posted later.  

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annotated version of the twelve dancing princesses here: SurLaLune FairyTales



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