Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fairy Tale Adaptations

The adaptation of fairy tales isn’t something new. This summer, I’ve been teaching a college poetry class, and Anne Sexton is one author we’ve discussed. As a feminist author, tackled several of the tales (re-imagined by Disney). One is Cinderella.

Here’s the opening:

Anne Sexton, "Cinderella"

You always read about it:
the plumber with the twelve children
who wins the Irish Sweepstakes.
From toilets to riches.
That story.

Or the nursemaid,
some luscious sweet from Denmark
who captures the oldest son's heart.
from diapers to Dior.
That story.

It’s a Cinderella tale, right? In fact, the story is so pervasive there is an effect called “Cinderella Syndrome,” where woman wait for that prince to come along. Or, on another take on the radio this week, the hosts mentioned “the California fairytale of winning the lottery.” (Are we the only state that dreams about it? LOL.)

In any case, a student mentioned how one generation often backlashes against the one prior, so Sexton was writing in response to the Disney-fied versions. That not may be the case. Have you seen how violent the originals were?

The Brothers Ménage is a take off the tale Two Brothers. The original Grimm’s story is short and violent. There’s no romance. What I took from the story, though, is the concept of two brothers being left in the woods, and eventually finding love.

There were some major challenges to overcome from the original. But you’ll have to read it to find out how I did it!

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The Brothers Ménage

Who says all fairytale princesses are cursed?

Blessed with the ability to shift on the first three days of the New Moon, Princess Daphne vows to find a romantic connection before her father locks her into a loveless, arranged marriage.

Twins Cliff and Jacob know all the animals in the forest, until they come across shifter Daphne, who appears to them in different forms before transforming into a human.

As time runs out, the brothers from the wrong side of the tracks must weigh if a lifetime with Daphne is worth sharing their own secret, and if it’ll make a difference. 

Louisa Bacio

About the Author:
A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.

Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.


  1. I loved the story. It left me thinking long after the last page

    1. Those are the best kinds of stories! Thank you for telling me.