I’ve been working on rewriting some old fairy tales. I’ve written my own versions of The Little Mermaid, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and I’m working on a pretty twisted version of Snow White.
This is the latest one I’m re-imagining: Jack and the Beanstalk.
I just read this old Ladybird version and came up with quite a few questions: Did the Giant really kill Jack’s dad and steal his riches? Why hadn’t Jack’s mum mentioned that before? Why doesn’t the fairy just kill the giant? Is there a reason the Fae can’t act in Jack’s dimension/realm? Is the fairy from an alternative dimension and only a hologram in Jack’s world? Was Jack manipulated into gianticide by the fairy? How would the tale stand up in court?
And, most importantly, how does Jack manage to walk and climb beanstalks in those long pointy shoes?
I love stories and the stories they inspire.
Time to scribble.