June 9th, 2006

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help with a book title

As a writer, titles are incredibly important to me. I don't know if other writers have this issue (I know some don't), but the title is my backbone for a book. I think really hard about patterns, about what the title conveys, about a lot of things that I get way hung up on. (This is dangerous, because publishers are wont to change titles left and right. I like to go in armed as to why my particular title works for a book, although in the case of, say, the Dermody books, I went in knowing the titles I had weren't particularly strong. The elements, though, were very important to me, and I got to keep those: CARDINAL, FIREBIRD, PHOENIX.)

So it's bothering me that I don't have exactly the right title for the second book in the Del Rey series, and I'd really like some help coming up with something, if people want to play this game again. Collapse )
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fairy tales in film

I was thinking about Ever After, and how very nicely I thought that movie worked as a not-quite-fairy tale. All the elements were in place, and in fact I didn't notice the magic was missing, except on a meta level.

Because Beauty and the Beast is my very favorite fairy tale, I've been trying to figure out how you could make that story work without the magic. Turn it into a 'real' fairy tale, like Ever After. It's *not easy* to do to my satisfaction. The reason the BatB tv show worked was because we knew the Beast would never transform. That was part of their tragedy. But to pull off a traditional telling of BatB with the roses and the transformation *without* the dramatic physical change...very difficult. One makes it an emotional change, generally, which is *part* of the fairy tale, but not all of it, when this story is approached. Or you do the physical transformation of the geeky character into the beauty, but to me that's not enough. That's more like an homage to BatB, not the real story. debela had a quite fine idea on how to do it using social class and personal uncertainty to make it work, avoiding a literal physical transformation but transforming status and emotional growth instead. It might just work.

But then the flip side I'm also wondering is if you could tell the story in film today and *do* the actual fairy tale. Use the magic and the roses and the transformation and still make it ... Ever-After-ish. Would people go for it, do you think? Would it still be...*real* enough, if you used the magic? I think it'd be much easier to pull off now, after LotR and Harry Potter, than it would've been ten years ago, but I wonder.

Whatcha think?
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