RTW: Once Upon Another Time…
This week’s Road Trip Wednesday challenge from the YA Highway team is:
Name a fable or story you’d like to see a retelling of. If you’re feeling creative, come up with a premise of your own!
Of course, I’m feeling creative! Here’s a query letter for a novel I haven’t written, and may never write… but it sounds like it could be fun:
Kelli is gorgeous, and she knows it. She won beauty pageants as a child, and she’s set to be crowned Tarramont High School Class of 2312 prom queen. Jealous rivals? She’s earned them. One, whose father works for the government, has found a way to trap her in a cryogenic freezer for a few hundred years. And one of her geekiest enemies has found a way to program it so only a person of royal blood can release her. And once she’s released, she has three days to fall in love with her prince, and be loved in return, since only the fiery glow of true love can melt the last crystals of ice in her blood. Without it, she will die.
Unfortunately for Kelli, the last royal dynasty is not known for producing princes of the classic “handsome” variety. A prince’s nerdy curiosity might be able to release Kelli from her icy tomb, but will she be able to see beyond his less-than-attractive exterior and fall for the man within? And will the prince think this stuck-up, self-important blond bombshell worthy of his deepest affections? Only time will tell… seventy-two hours, to be precise!
THE ICE QUEEN is a 70,000 word YA science fiction romance re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, with a Beauty and the Beast twist. Fans of CINDER will hopefully like the idea.
Can you tell I recently finished ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis?
What do you think would make a good fairy-tale/fable/story retelling, in the vein of CINDER? Comment below, and/or join in the Road Trip Wednesday fun on YA Highway by blogging your answer and posting a link to your article in the YA Highway comments.