Thursday, June 05, 2008

Writing Exercise


Write a fairy tale in which Evil Editor is the villain, and in which evil wins out over good. As it should be suitable for children, keep it clean. If you create a new fairy tale from scratch, your word limit is 350. If you merely alter a known fairy tale, your limit is 250. One submission per customer, deadline 10 AM eastern Sunday.

14 comments:

fairyhedgehog said...

Oh dear. It has to be clean: that rules some of us out straight away.

And evil has to triumph. Are you sure this is a story for the kiddies?

This is a real challenge, EE, especially the 250 word limit for known fairytales. I'm sure your minions will rise to it.

Dave F. said...

I've read both the Oxford Dictionary of Child's Verse and Oxford Dictionary of Fairytales. They are fascinating period pieces. Scary as all get out, too.

BuffySquirrel said...

As it should be suitable for children, keep it clean.

EE, have you read any fairy tales recently?

Dave F. said...

Pat the Bunny gets a makeover. Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny find an apartment in San Francisco.

Something like the musical Frog and Toad on Broadway. Or Avenue Q with muppets...

Robin S. said...

I will absolutely enjoy reading these. But FH is right- some of us have brains wired for nasty.

No worries, though. This is actually a good weekend for me to simply spectate (and see what you guys can sneak in).

Evil Editor said...

I should point out that by "keep it clean" I mean the language. And no graphic sex. Obviously graphic violence is okay for children.

Robin S. said...

Oh yeah - where would fairy tales be without violence? Non-existent, that's where. At least the European versions.

Lotsa chopping and blinding and almost being eaten. Makes for some damn good fiction.

Kiersten said...

Of course, in the original version, the witch freaks out because Rapunzel's dresses are getting tighter and tighter...after the prince has been visiting her nights...

They took it out of the second edition.

talpianna said...

Whaddaya mean, "almost being eaten," Robin? Ever read "The Juniper Tree"?

http://tinyurl.com/6ojzv2

Dave F. said...

Let me point out that SOUTH PARK is a fairy tale of sorts and those kids have nothing but potty-mouths.

Even though Cartman Gets An Anal Probe is a classic of wild, satirical comedy and watching a 12 foot wide satellite dish spring from Cartman's butt is funny, I think that the idea could give 4 and 5 year olds nightmares and constipation.

freddie said...

Yes, Southpark has a strange, layered humor that somehow works both as satire and serious social commentary.

I would hope that no 4 or 5-year-old has seen "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe."

I'm looking forward to writing this one. Going through my Grimm's Fairy Tales now. . . .

fairyhedgehog said...

~ Obviously graphic violence is okay for children. ~

Dammit, EE, now you tell us! I've already written mine and it's pure and innocent and you could show it to your own dear little old grandmother as she sits knitting sweetly by the fireside. If I'd have known then I could have had you eaten!

Oh, no, I forgot that evil has to triumph. So no eating the villain.

Dave F. said...

Not "Evil has to triumph" but "Evil Editor has to triumph." Semantics, can't life with 'em, can't live without 'em.

It's like the mis-attributed Aesop's fable of the Frog and the Scorpion but with EE as the scorpion.

I've already written my fairy tale, So this bon mot is open to anyone who can figure out the words.

Evil Editor said...

Those who have sent or plan to send more than one submission, you might want to read the instructions more carefully.