A recurring trend in pop culture is to fracture fairy tales. Fractured stories twist or modify the familiar to give us a new perspective. Usually, this means the story is told through another character’s point of view, roles are reversed or the plot is set in a different time period.
Without scary woods or beasts stealing precious sheep, what are the terrors of the modern world? Once Upon a Time brings several stories together but plops the plots in a modern setting. In Grimm, a police detective develops the ability to see supernatural creatures all around us.
This movie reverts to the tale’s melancholy roots when the mirror tells the Queen that she will be immortal if she eats Snow White’s heart. It adds a horrifying twist when the vain Queen sucks the life out of anyone more beautiful than herself.
Author Alethea Kontis blends several tales into one in this story about Sunday, the youngest of seven children. Sunday has a knack for writing stories that come true, and she befriends a frog who turns into a prince.
This collection of 10 short stories remains true to the tale’s bloody beginnings but adds a feminine twist. Instead of a prince saving the day, other women come to the aid of the damsel and kill her wrongdoers.