I love retellings!
Big surprise there. It might have something to do with not liking the Disney movies as much as everyone else seems to do that I just don’t mind a new fresh take on them. So here I am with a review and a discussion combo about them!
MODERN CONTEMPORARY RETELLINGS OF FAIRY TALES are the best!
Yes the may not have dragons and that’s a bit sad because dragons are the best and basically EVERYONE knows this. It’s common knowledge. And they may not have a magic system that just makes you wish you could only make a small teapot fly (and pour itself some tea while it’s at it since I always forget). But they are still nice fluffy stories that deserve recognition!
AND HERE’S A HELPFUL LIST OF THINGS THAT MAKE ME LUVE THEM!
because I like lists and why not make more???
1.A FRESH NEW TAKE
How many times do we complain about cliches?
Answer: All of the time. We are a bunch of complainers. We hold hands and make flower crowns while complaining. WE EAT CHOCOLATE DESSERT WHILE COMPLAINING OK?! We are all the queens and male queens of complaining!
But what if you take a well know cliche and PUT AN UNEXPECTED TWIST TO IT?
Now…put your chocolate dessert down and think about it:
Red riding hood actually saves herself and her Grandma because she’s just badass!
Rapunzel travels the world on her own because she’s independent and photographs amazing things!
Ariel doesn’t change who she is but rather finds her strengths and acknowledges her weaknesses and than uses them to become a historian because she loves people!
BEAUTY FALLS IN LOVE WITH THE LIBRARY RATHER THAN THE BEAST!!!
(Ok I might be a bit biased with the romances but you get what I mean)
IT WOULD BE SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING TO READ ABOUT!! And retellings means you can change it however you want!
2.MODERN THINGS ARE THE BEST
Honestly what wouldn’t I give to see Rapunzel be an artist that just loves digital drawing and wants to pursue art as a career? Or a Gaston just walking around sporting an I need meninism shirt and gets slapped by a lady?? ( yes I hate that guy can you tell??)
Adding modern things like the Internet and laptops in a fairy tale is my favourite thing! That’s why I love alternate universe fanfiction so much!
Also we have it waaaay better than they had it in those middle ages…like we have advance medical care….and PHONESSSSSSS…ahem and woman have the right to voteee...and ice creaaaam…
I just cannot imagine a sad sad world without ice cream!
Ok admit it old tales are kind of sexist. And old Disney films are a bit…unrealistic.
“But you like dragons!! ARE THOSE REALISTIC???” I hear you ask.
Look young padawan, dragons may not be realistic but they aren’t hurting anyone.
OK so they might hurt SOME people with those claws…and teeth…and there’s the whole fire breathing thing…but it’s because they are provoked THEY ARE CUTE AND INNOCENT OTHERWISE!
But just as harmfull is a princess that has to change her whole self just to be with a guy she saw once and never talked to!! Or has a waist as tiny as her neck! Or is always straight!
Make your princess chubby or tall and lanky or short and strong!! Make her chase her dreams because she WANTS TO not because of some guy! Make her fall in love with a girl or with no one for once! Make her determined and flawed not just some pretty object!
MAKE YOUR FAIRYTALE AS FEMINIST AND EMPOWERING AS YOU WANT!!
4.CUTE LITTLE REFERENCES
I talked about how I don’t like cliches but there is still something about putting small little references that is endearing and pleases me greatly.
Ariel the history nerd has a dog named Flounder, a black girl named Rapunzel who’s hair is really long and curly likes painting, Aurora sleeps late and has 3 grandmas.
Tying little connections to the original and spinning them in your own story is amazing! I just feel like it keeps a bit of the magic.
5. THE HAPPY EVER AFTER
And after you put your characters trough hell and back you can give them their happy ever after. Or don’t. Real life is more complicated than just “and than they get married and that makes them happy and fulfills all their dreams forever the end!”.
(But seriously if you don’t what is wrong with you?? Do you drink out of a mug labeled “reader tears” while laughing manically at our anguished sounds?? If that’s the case than you need to calm down and eat a cookie good sir.)
The book that inspired this whole discussion is:
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
So I might have read this book during classes at school instead of listening to the teachers actually teaching me important subjects that I will definitely have test papers I will need to learn for and will need later in life….Yeah school’s been going great!
Rating: 4 stars
This was the best guilty pleasure read EVER! SOSOSOOSO CUTE!
Look, I AM OBSESSED with the movie Star Struck on Disney Channel. (Remember that one?? Where the girl just HATES this singer but then they meet by him hitting her in the head with a door and then they fall in love???) The cheesy-est of cheese cake from Disney. It’s hilarious and I love it.
And that movie just started my love for the “star falls in love with a fan that doesn’t love them” trope. Yeah it’s pretty bad and awfully cliche but I just EAT. IT. RIGHT. UP. Like chocolate cake or something.
YEAH…SO OBVIOUSLY I LOVED THIS BOOK!
My blurb: This is a Cinderella retelling in modern times with a cosplay at a convention ending up being the ball and a dorky actor from a movie reboot ending up being the Prince Charming.
- Elle!!! She was just so sweet and nerdy and sassy. I liked her and I related a lot to her fangirly personality! She’s a blogger (!!!) that just writes snarky reviews of all the episodes in her favourite TV show. I liked how kind and Disney princess-y she was.
- Prince Charming aka Darien!! He is POC!!!! CAN I GET A HELL YEAH FOR DIVERSITY?? Also he’s an actor that plays a POC character in a tv show and talks about the portrayal of POC in movies and how it affects people to see someone that look like them on screen!
- I didn’t dislike any of the POVs! I wasn’t disappointed when it switched or had to skip entire chapters like the rebellious child that I am to sneak a peak at my faves life. Which is usually very hard to do since I am the MOST rebellious of children! I sometimes even just skim read descriptions and don’t read all the words on the page. Que offended gasps.
- The internet relationship aspect of it was SO CUTE! Of course, a tad bit unrealistic but I love positive portrayal of online friends and interactions between teens! Internet friends are the best!! You can cry and fangirl and eat the souls of your enemies together without actually seeing each other in real life!! Because what if one of you leaves in the mountains with goats and the other on a different planet and you just want to get along? THE INTERNET IS MAGIC AND NICE AND HELPS YOU that’s what! So now you can be an unstoppable force that can rule the galaxy…TOGETHER <3!
- I also liked how Elle wanted to cosplay a female Carmindor!!! Arghh I just love genderbent characters and cosplays! They are so amazing and creative.
- The sneaky sneaky F/F romance going on briefly in the background. While a bit rushed can we just appreciate the fact that the Fairy Godmother is dating another girl?? ALL THE YES!
- There is a dog that doesn’t die. AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND GLORIOUS.
- All of the general nerdiness is a plus
- ALL OF ITTTTT
- Did I mention Star Struck? Yeah…It was a tad bit too much like that. Darien’s dad was even his manager EXACTLY like it is in the movie. And he sucked which is again LIKE IN THE MOVIE!! Which…mate please I know I am a sucker for it but I don’t appreciate THIS much similarity. Throw in some original
- It could’ve used a lot more depth dealing with some plot points (especially regarding race in Hollywood, Elle’s dad, grief, Darien’s best friend etc.)
- The stepmother and stepsister were SO MEAN AND WHINY and we never get a reason?? So yeah she’s just a horrible person (we did get a hint but it’s never treated like a legitimate reason)
- I..don’t get the Starfield part. Like yeah the snippets were amazing and I really understood the series but…both Star Wars and Startrack EXIST in this universe….SO…It was just confusing (like that part in Fangirl where they mention Harry Potter despite Simon Snow being the main series)
- The writing seemed a bit forced at times. ESPECIALLY bending the story to follow certain plot points by just making the characters do things that weren’t in character.
- The confrontation at the end was pretty cringey. I ABSOLUTELY DISLIKE IT WHEN MALE CHARACTERS PROTECT FEMALE CHARACTERS IN VERBAL FIGHTS! I just..nooooooo leave her to defend herseeeelf she’s pretty capable of sarcasm herself and it’s not hot at all
Overall: A really geeky retelling that’s short and sweet and perfect for a quick get-me-out-of-a-reading-slump read!
Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.