Flashback Friday: How Dark Should Fairy Tales Be?

As part of the ongoing Flashback Friday series, we're featuring posts from the archives. This was original posted in May 2014. Lately, an ever-darkening series of fairy tale reincarnations have flit their way across the silver screen, from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters to Snow White and the Huntsman and Disney's Maleficent. Of course, there … Continue reading Flashback Friday: How Dark Should Fairy Tales Be?

Writing and the Magic “What-If”…and “But Kisses Never Hurt Me”

One of the things discussed frequently in, surprisingly enough,  acting classes is the magic “What-If.” Its original proponent, Constantin Stanislavsky, suggested that this was the place where inspiration began. Basically, it worked by asking yourself “What if this were to happen to me?”… “this” being whatever was taking place in a particular character’s life. Since … Continue reading Writing and the Magic “What-If”…and “But Kisses Never Hurt Me”

Fairy Tale Reincarnations

Lately, an ever-darkening series of fairy tale reincarnations have flit their way across the silver screen, from “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” to “Snow White and the Huntsman and Disney's "Maleficent.” Of course, there have been recent, lighter fairy tales, most notably Disney’s “Frozen,” but the trend is for darker versions, which has disappointed some … Continue reading Fairy Tale Reincarnations