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Join fairy tale enthusiasts Drew and Cassie as they discuss the world of film and literary adaptations! Each month they will choose a specific fairy tale, and each week they will discuss a different book, movie, or musical adaptation of that fairy tale, exploring the way authors and artists retell, change, twist, conserve, and diversify the same stories over and over.
 
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"The lack of resemblance to The Snow Queen never bothered me anyway." Look, we like Frozen. But is it a retelling of The Snow Queen? Drew and Cassie are here to sort it all out! Disney's 2013 animated film tells the tale of two sisters. Elsa, a princess who is about to be crowned queen, but is also grappling with hiding her secret magic powers of i…
 
In our fourth week of discussing The Snow Queen, we are talking about Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. This 2016 YA novel follows the ventures of Snow, a seventeen-year-old girl who has spent most of her life in Whittaker Psychiatric. Snow's life turns upside down when the boy she loves is pulled into an alternate world and as she follows him, Snow…
 
It's a very special episode!! For the first time in six and a half years, Drew and Cassie were together in-person, and we got to record this episode sitting at the same table in the same room! This week we're talking about our third adaptation of The Snow Queen, Robbergirl by ST Gibson. This retelling is unique in a couple ways, primarily because i…
 
This week, Drew and Cassie are joined again by Cassie's brother, Matt, to talk about Snow Queen, the 2002 Hallmark mini-series starring Bridget Fonda, Chelsea Hobbs, and Jeremy Guilbaut. This version recasts Gerda and Kai as young adults who fall in love when Kai is hired to work at Gerda's father's hotel. Their romance is interrupted by the arriva…
 
We begin our month discussing The Snow Queen with middle-grade novel Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. This book's protagonist is Hazel, a fifth-grader who is having a tough time in her life at the moment. This is exacerbated when her best friend, Jack, suddenly changes... and then disappears. Hazel embarks a complicated journey through an enchanted forest…
 
It's time to let the curtain fall on Into the Woods and start to get icy! We start off by working through some final thoughts on Into the Woods, including discussion of the musical's ultimate message, our feelings on design concepts of the show, and a few extra personal experiences we forgot to mention. This all culminates in our assignment for the…
 
It's our 50th episode! We're here to “stop and take stock,” just like Cinderella did while standing there stuck on the steps of the palace. In this next episode about the 1987 musical Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Drew and Cassie take a look back. As part of our podcast's premise, we traditionally set criteria each month in o…
 
"People make mistakes. Fathers, mothers, people make mistakes…" Our journey through Into the Woods continues! This week, Drew and Cassie look at how Into the Woods has been adapted in a few different ways. First we break down the 2014 film starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine. We discuss the adaptations be…
 
"Once upon a time... later..." This week, Drew and Cassie are joined by Cassie's brother, Matthew, to explore the deconstruction of fairy tales in Act II of Into the Woods. In Act I, the Baker and his Wife collected the cow as white as milk, the cape as red blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. They successfully lifted…
 
"Do you know what you wish? Are you certain what you wish it what you want?" Have we said "we're excited" enough yet? Probably, but we're going to say it approximately fifty more times. Drew and Cassie are joined by Drew's sister, Daurie, to work our way through the complexities of Act I of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods. This 1…
 
This month we're mixing it up! Rather than focusing on various retellings of a specific tale like we usually we do, we're spending the entire month of November on just one retelling! In this episode, we start by wrapping up our final thoughts on Jack and the Beanstalk by recapping some of the recurring ideas that we found throughout the various ret…
 
In the final week of Jack and the Beanstalk month, Drew and Cassie discuss Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story. This retelling is a 3-episode mini-series from Hallmark that aired in 2001 and features an all-star cast that includes Matthew Modine, Jon Voight, Mia Sara, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Attenborough, JJ Feild, Jonathan Hyde, and Daryl Han…
 
All right, friends, this is a fun one. Drew and Cassie are here to duke it out over a disagreement that has lasted many years! This week's retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk is The World Above by Cameron Dokey. This is the last book in the Once Upon A Time book series, which ran from 2002-2010 and retold various fairy tales as written by different…
 
This week, we return to one of the queens of fairy tale retellings, Donna Jo Napoli. Her reimagining of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale, Crazy Jack, came out in 1999 and focuses on a Jack who is dealing with the trauma of losing his father. When a handful of beans provide a possible clue to his father's disappearance seven years ago, Jack can't sto…
 
"Fee, fi, fo, fum, Ask not whence the thunder comes For between heaven and earth is a perilous place Home to a fearsome giant race." For our first week of Jack and the Beanstalk Month, Drew and Cassie are here to talk about Jack the Giant Slayer! This 2013 film has an all-star cast including Nicholas Holt, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley …
 
It's time to let Little Red skip off into the woods and climb into the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk! Drew and Cassie give their final thoughts on Little Red Riding Hood, including how they have interpreted the story in their own writing. Then we work our way through an examination of October's tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. Plus, we reveal the cri…
 
"What big ears you have!" "All the better to hear your many criticisms with." It's episode 40! Drew and Cassie are here to talk about this week's retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Hoodwinked! We discuss this movie's shockingly star-studded including Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Jim Belushi, David Ogden Stiers, and Andy Dick. We…
 
In our third week of Little Red Riding Hood Month, Drew and Cassie discuss Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. We once again find ourselves asking the question, "What does it take to count a book or movie as a true adaptation?" This novel, purported to be "inspired by" the story of Little Red, focuses on Rachelle, a young woman who finds herself strug…
 
For our second week of Little Red Riding Hood Month, we are journeying back into the world of the (Fairly) True Tales Series by Liesl Shurtliff! After we thoroughly enjoyed Shurtliff's Grump during Snow White Month, we are excited to find out how she has reimagined the girl in the red cape. This middle grade novel focuses on Red, a young girl who b…
 
It's officially the first week of Little Red Riding Hood month! This week's retelling is Red Riding Hood, the 2011 film starring Amanda Seyfried. We start off by discussing the importance of the year this movie came out and its promotional tactics, then we dive into this werewolf mystery. Did Cassie figure out who the werewolf was? Did the retellin…
 
We're back! After our hiatus, Drew and Cassie return to the podcast full time! September's fairy tale is Little Red Riding Hood, so we discuss the history of the tale and break down some of the major differences between the most well-known versions as recorded by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. If it's been a while since you've read them, …
 
We're not fully back, but we're briefly back! Since we've been on hiatus since February, Drew and Cassie give an update on how our lives have changed over the past few months, and then we give our final thoughts on the retellings of Snow White we looked at so long ago. We discuss Disney's influence on the tale's prevalence in our culture, thoughts …
 
"Some day my prince will come..." Well, today is "some day" and this episode is your prince! We recorded this episode back in February, and extenuating circumstances delayed it's release, but it's finally here! You can enjoy Drew and Cassie's debate once again as we disagree on Snow White's personality but agree that the sequence where the Evil Que…
 
In the third week of our Snow White Month, Drew and Cassie are here to discuss Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. This 2017 novel switches perspectives between two characters: Mina, who learns that her magician father replaced her true heart with a heart of glass and eventually ascends to the role of queen in a kingdom of eternal …
 
"Lips red as blood, hair black as night, bring me your heart, my dear, dear Snow White." This week, Drew and Cassie are joined by Maggie and V from the I Met You On LJ podcast to talk about the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth! We discuss the film's strengths and weaknesses, world-…
 
We're kicking off our Snow White Month with the middle grade book Grump by Liesl Shurtliff! This take on the fairy tale is told from the perspective of Borlen a.k.a. Grump, one of the seven dwarfs. Having spent his whole life underground but wishing to visit the surface, Borlen finds himself in a predicament when he is magically bound to follow the…
 
It's time to let The Little Mermaid sail off into the sunset as we end January and bite into a new fairy tale for February: Snow White! We start off this episode wrapping up our final thoughts on The Little Mermaid, including our own ideas for how we would like to retell the story ourselves. Then we sink our teeth into the history of Snow White and…
 
"Watch and you'll see, someday I'll be part of your world!" It's Disney week, and Drew and Cassie are here to battle it out! We break down the story, characters, music, and more of Disney's 1989 animated film, and explore further into changes made for the 2008 stage adaptation. We discuss the incorporation of Broadway-style storytelling, Triton as …
 
In the third week of our Little Mermaid Month, we read The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember! This 2017 novel tells the story of Ersel, a mermaid living in frozen seas far north, who becomes entangled in the tricky dealings of the Norse god Loki. Among other things, we discuss the question of how much of a classic story must remain intact for a new ve…
 
In our second week of Little Mermaid Month, we are looking at Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon. This 2011 novel alternates points of view between Lenia, the mermaid, and Margrethe, the princess on the beach who finds the prince, as their lives entwine closer and closer together until they reach an unexpected ending to the classic tale. We discuss the rel…
 
We open our month of discussing The Little Mermaid with the 1976 live action Russian film, Rusalochka. This movie makes some big - and often bizarre - changes to the original tale, and we're here to break it down! We talk about a little mermaid who keeps her voice, the random isolated musical numbers, new characters, whiplash plot points, the merma…
 
It's time to close the book on Beauty and the Beast and dive into The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen! We first discuss our main takeaways from Beauty and the Beast and how we would like to retell it as writers ourselves. Then we break down the original story of The Little Mermaid, including discussion of birthday buddies, the tale's true…
 
We're back for Part 2! In the second helping of our conversation about Disney's Beauty and the Beast, we break down the 2017 live action reboot, the movie's presence in the theme parks, and our adaptation criteria. This time we talk about changes both big and small, character revisions, the yellow dress, the novelization, French characters who spea…
 
"For who could ever learn to love a beast?" We could! This episode begins our discussion of a masterpiece among the Disney animated canon and a masterpiece when it comes to adapting Beauty and the Beast. In fact, our conversation went so long that we're bringing it to you in two parts! In today's episode, we recap the 1991 animated classic and disc…
 
We head to Persia this week to discuss the novel Beast by Donna Jo Napoli! Our fourth Beauty and the Beast retelling this month explores the Beast's point of view, here the scholar prince Orasmyn, transformed into a lion as punishment for a hubristic mistake. We explore Orasmyn's antics as he's stuck in the body of a lion, his relationship with rel…
 
This week, we are joined by special guest Bethanie A. Finger from Prince Kai Fan Pod to discuss our first contemporary retelling of a fairy tale, Beastly by Alex Flinn! This book is told from the perspective of the beast character, now a popular and arrogant teenage boy from New York City, and explores how the story of Beauty and the Beast translat…
 
We read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies that we dearly love on this podcast, but every once in a while we throw a wild card into the mix, and that's what we're doing this week! We dive into the Cannon Movie Tales' 1987 movie musical version of Beauty and the Beast starring Rebecca De Mornay and John Savage. We talk about wacky character ch…
 
Beauty by Robin McKinley is one of the first modern fairy tale retellings as we know them today, so there's no better way to start our Beauty and the Beast Month! Truly, this novel helped shape the genre that this podcast is all about. Drew's friend, Laura, joins us to talk about this formative adaptation of one of her favorite tales! Along the way…
 
It's time to say goodbye to Rapunzel for now and hello to Beauty and the Beast! Drew and Cassie give their final thoughts on the adaptations of Rapunzel we looked at this month and as always, offer some ideas on how we would retell this story ourselves. Then we jump right into the history of Beauty and the Beast and summarize the fairy tale as we k…
 
"Flower gleam and glow, let your power shine..." We are joined again by Drew's sister, Daurie, to talk about her favorite movie, Tangled! We discuss the Disneyfication of the Rapunzel tale, Cassie's out-of-the-box first time watching this movie, Daurie's friend who had to ban the movie from her house, real-life lantern launches, Percy Jackson, 20th…
 
In the third week of Rapunzel Month, we head into the Swiss Alps in the 1500s to discuss Zel by Donna Jo Napoli. This literary retelling of the tale dives into the psychology of not just Rapunzel but also the prince and witch characters by alternating perspectives through its text. This novel was fascinating to cover, because it was one of the firs…
 
Yee-haw! We're puttin' on our cowboy hats and fancy boots and shiny spurs as we're fixin' to head into the Wild West! This week we're talking about Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Nathan Hale. Just like last week, we see Rapunzel team up with Jack (of Beanstalk fame), this time in a graphic novel that transforms our t…
 
We launch Rapunzel Month with an exploration of Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel, the first in the Tyme series by Megan Morrison. Rapunzel meets Jack the Beanstalker in this remarkably creative retelling full of magic, fairies, witches, giants, adventures, kidnappings, reunions, redemption, incredible world-building, complex relationships, and …
 
It's already the end of our time discussing Sleeping Beauty! We cap off this month by giving our final thoughts on this tale, talking about the Sleeping Beauty musical we performed in as children, and revealing how we would retell this story ourselves. Then it's time to move into our fairy tale for November: Rapunzel! We deep dive into the major ch…
 
"They say if you dream a thing more than once, it's sure to come true." In the final week of Sleeping Beauty Month, Drew and Cassie explore two adaptations of the fairy tale from the Walt Disney Company. First up is the 1959 animated feature, including discussion of the fairies as the true leads and the pronunciation of the word "homage." Then we e…
 
In the third week of Sleeping Beauty Month, we dive into the middle grade book Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took The Really Long Nap by Wendy Mass. We explore Mass's inclusion of the ogre mother-in-law from the Charles Perrault version of Sleeping Beauty, overprotective parents, twin castles, and questions of identity that we would love to see expl…
 
After a struggle spanning multiple decades, Cassie has finally managed to swindle Drew into reading Spindle's End by Robin McKinley. As we continue on into the second week of Sleeping Beauty Month, we discuss the clever ways in which McKinley breathes life into this tale while simultaneously twisting and maintaining the story's origins. We discuss …
 
This week, Drew and Cassie themselves break down as they break down the Sleeping Beauty episode of Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. This television episode from 1983 features an all-star cast, including Bernadette Peters, Christopher Reeve, and Carol Kane, but oh boy, does this script go off the rails! Cassie has to lead Drew through several p…
 
In the first-ever monthly Sunday Bonus Episode, Drew and Cassie conclude Cinderella Month with final thoughts and observations, and Drew confesses his first and only missed stage entrance which just so happened to be in a play that brought together multiple versions of Cinderella from across different cultures. Before we leave Cinderella behind, we…
 
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