Prompt 2

In 300 words or less.

  • The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood
  • One of the Three Little Pigs
  • The Fisherman and/or His Wife
  • Flounder from The Little Mermaid
  • The Giant from Jack and the Bean Stalk
  • The Pea from The Princess and the Pea
  • Dumbo
  • King Triton from The Little Mermaid
  • Any of the Wicked Stepmothers
  • Hansel and/or Gretel
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Tinker Bell
  • Jack and/or Jill
  • The Old Woman in the Shoe
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Paul Bunyan
  • Little John from Robin Hood
  • All the Prince Charmings represented by the plural “we”

Select a character from the list above and strip away the fairy tale, legend, or fable. Are they thriving or floundering in their newfound reality? Do they even have the same job as they did in their original story?

For example, after the break in, does Papa Bear move his family from the woods to the big city? Is he able to find a job? Does Mama Bear become an overnight sensation due to the recipes she shares on YouTube? Does Baby Bear get sucked into social media? Consider how this might impact the relationship between these three characters, how being the latest member of society impacts your character.

Have fun with these and don’t be afraid to experiment! Remember to combine elements of the imaginary with the harsh realities of full-time jobs, technology, bullying, etc.

Note: I’ve provided the above list to encourage you to avoid the characters whose stories are often the first to be reimagined to not only challenge you to think about the characters who often get pushed to the sidelines but to also to experiment with characters who are often dismissed.