Fractured Fairy Tales, Fairies & Fae

A fractured fairy tale is an adaptation of a fairy tale, in which the author changes the characters, setting, theme, and/or other elements of the story. Examples of fractured fairy tales include Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, and Little Red Cuttlefish by me. But before an author can adapt a fairy tale, it is worth understanding the definition of fairy tales. Writing picture books is fraught with philosophical questions. Are fairies synonymous with Fae? Do fairy characters in a story make it a fairy tale? Must a fairy tale feature fairies? Wikipedia artfully states, “The characters and motifs of fairy tales are simple and archetypal

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