Do you love fairy tales, myths, and legends? Do you love books that are based on these classic stories? Do you wish there was someplace on the internet you could go to chat about these stories and their retellings with the retellers themselves? If so*, then look no further. This week saw the birth of a brand new livejournal community devoted to classic stories re-told.
[Brief break here to help out those who are thinking, "What the heck is a livejournal community?" It's a blog, like this one, where a specified set of community "members" can post thoughts, comments, questions, etc. Usually it's organized around a particular topic, and all the members are encouraged to keep their posts at least loosely relevant. Non-members can read along and add comments to any post.]
This one is called Re_Mused Writers and was created by Elizabeth Bunce (author of the forthcoming Rumplestiltskin retelling, A CURSE DARK AS GOLD). I first learned about it from the blog of Melissa Marr -- thanks, Melissa! From the community profile:
"Re_Mused is a community of professional writers whose work includes retelling classic stories: fairy tales, myths, legends, and more."
When I heard about this my brain started doing jumping jacks. Yay! Could this be any more up my alley? I think not. It would be fair to say that my debut novel, INTO THE WILD, contains one or two fairy-tale references. Or maybe it's more like five or six. Okay, maybe more like a zillion! (If you're new to this party and want to learn more about my book, click here!)
Anyway, I was so excited to join this group. And so I did! And now I'm a Re_Mused Writer!
The group currently has 13 members and is open for more. So if you write stories based on fairy tales, myths, legends, etc., please come join us. If you don't write retellings but do like to read them, please come hang out with us. Looks like this is going to be a lot of fun. Come check us out!
* If so, then you might be interested in a certain book that will arrive in bookstores on June 21, 2007 -- a little purple number called INTO THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst... ;)