Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #16: Upcoming TV shows and Movies

Hi, people. I'm not feeling particularly smart these days. I'm just doing a bunch of personal stuff to get ready for my move to S.Korea to teach there for a year.

So I'm just going to list some upcoming TV shows and movies that I haven't previously mentioned on my blog:

1. Remember when Disney had said that Tangled ("Rapunzel") would be the last fairy tale movie they would do? Yeah, that's not true anymore. They are currently working on Frozen which is based off the fairy tale "The Snow Queen." Yes, they renamed the fairy tale like they did to "Rapunzel." Disney kept shelving this project so many times over the years, but finally, they took it back out to work on it. It's going to be released on November, 27, 2013. Sigh, so far away. I can't wait though. I'm excited for this movie because the story is about the heroine Gerda who goes on this adventure to save her friend (who's a boy) from the Snow Queen. Yes, a girl who saves the day!

2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has been pushed back. It was initially slated for March 2, 2012, but it has been pushed back until next year on January 11, 2013. So far away! It's about Hansel and Gretel years later as bounty hunters who exterminate witches.

3. CW has a "Beauty and the Beast" TV series planned. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

The CW's Beauty and the Beast, meanwhile, is one of two projects mining the famed story this development season. The network's project is based on the 1980s CBS drama that starred Ron Perlman as Vincent (aka the Beast) and Linda Hamilton as Catherine (the Beauty).

Set up at CBS Television Studios, it's described as a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist. Felicity's Jennifer Levin and Brothers and Sisters' Sherri Cooper are attached to pen the project and executive produce alongside Paul Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber.

ABC's Beauty and the Beast, meanwhile, is a "reimagination" of the epic fantasy of the public domain fairy tale about a girl forced to live with a beast in a castle who ultimately falls in love with him.

4. ABC also has a "Beauty and the Beast" TV series planned. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

The female-skewing network is moving forward with its reimagining of the classic fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world where a beautiful and tough princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.

Human Target scribeJonathan E. Steinberg(Jericho) will pen the project with Gary Fleder (Life Unexpected) and Mary Beth Basile (October Road) attached to executive produce the ABC Studios project through their Mojo Films shingle.

ABC's Beauty and the Beastupdate comes as the network has found success with freshman fairy tale Once Upon a Time, the dual universe drama revolving around Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and her long-lost daughter (Jennifer Morrison).

I'm so excited for all these fairy tale adaptations!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

2012 Book Retellings I Want

There are a lot of 2012 books I want.
Like a lot, a lot.
Some of those books include retellings of familiar stories.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer
(January 3, 2012)

Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

*Sci-Fi Retelling of Cinderella*





Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
(April 24, 2012)

Synopsis:

Everything is in ruins.
A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

*Post-Apocalyptic Retelling of Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe*


For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
(June 12, 2012)

Synopsis:

Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.

But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she has lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

*Dystopian Retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen*



Recently, I bought When She Woke by Hillary Jordan which was released in 2011, not a Young Adult book. I can't wait to start it!

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
(October 4, 2011)

Synopsis:

I am red now. It was her first thought of the day, every day, surfacing after a few seconds of fogged, blessed ignorance and sweeping through her like a wave, breaking in her breast with a soundless roar. Hard on its heels came the second wave, crashing into the wreckage left by the first: he is gone.

Hannah Payne’s life has been devoted to church and family. But after she’s convicted of murder, she awakens to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime—is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim, says the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love.

A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.

*Dystopian Retelling of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne*

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #15: Top Chef - The Evil Queen

On this week's episode of Top Chef Texas, Charlize appeared to promote her upcoming movie Snow White and the Huntsman and be a guest judge. The challenge? The seven chefs must create dishes fit for a queen...or rather...an evil queen.

Charlize was so awesome and beautiful in this episode. (I can't wait to see her in the movie!) And many of the dishes were creative and playful and wicked! Look at some of those dishes:

(A heart in a bloody risotto! Lamb heart, that is.)

(Yes, that's a handprint!
Don't worry, the chef had a glove on!)

(This is what a chicken would look like at a crime scene!
And the egg?
It represents the unborn baby the chicken was carrying!)

(The poisoned apple! With cherries, too.)

There were three other dishes, but they were more subtle. You can look at the photo gallery on the Bravo TV site: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-9/photos/rate-the-plate/fit-for-a-queen-or-just-plain-mean.

It was a fun episode!

Maybe next week, I'll go back to my darker themed posts :D

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #14: Face Off

So this week I've been watching SyFy Channel's reality competition show called Face Off which is hosted by McKenzie Westmore. (Yay, I used to watch the actress on the soap opera Passions when it was still on air!) This show is like Project Runway or Top Chef but it involves special effects makeup. It's awesome to see these contestants using their imagination and creativity to come up with these creature designs each episode.

So why am I talking about this show? Why is this related to fairy tales?

Well, for the season 1 finale, the theme is re-imagined fairy tales. The final 4 contestants must re-imagine two characters from classic fairy tales along with a genre.

Post-Apocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood
Psychedelic Little Mermaid
Industrial Hansel and Gretel
Haunted Frog Prince

Post-Apocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood


Psychedelic Little Mermaid


Industrial Hansel and Gretel


Haunted Frog Prince


Man, these contestants are amazing with their creativity. My favorite has to be the Hansel and Gretel one because it's so creative! The Witch and Gretel are so creepy to look at! Look at the different metal scraps sticking out of the Witch's back or the fullness of Gretel's chipmunk cheeks!

You can watch the Season 1 finale on Hulu here: (Warning: This is the final episode of Season 1 so you'll see who's the winner.)



I also started watching the first episode of Season 2 which is a re-imagining of Wizard of Oz. They have to re-imagine the 4 characters from the fairy tale: Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Wicked Witch. It's a team challenge, pitting men vs women.

Women: Post-Apocalyptic/Tribal Wizard of Oz

Men: Horror Wizard of Oz

I gotta say, I loved the women's concept. It's so cool, especially the look of the Wicked Witch and the Scarecrow. With the men, I wish they have gone with their other idea, Steampunk. That would have been awesome to see these characters set in that genre.

You can watch the Season 2 premiere here:

Monday, January 9, 2012

Openings

For my WIP, Beautiful/Wild, I keep rewriting the beginning of chapter 1. I can't help it. I feel like I should have the perfect beginning before I can continue the story. Once I feel unsatisfied with the beginning, I stop and start over again. It's frustrating. I finally came up with a new beginning, so hopefully, I stick with it!

Look at my different openers:

#1 (02.15.11)

Little girls have big dreams. They want to be Cinderella, Snow White, or Sleeping Beauty. They want to wear pretty dresses, look model-beautiful, and kiss Prince Charming. Most of all, they want their happily ever after.

In my world, those dreams come true. Little girls do grow up to be Cinderella, Snow White, or Sleeping Beauty, and have pretty dresses, model looks, and Prince Charming.

It’s the happily ever after I have a problem with.

It doesn’t exist.

#2 (02.17.11)

At five minutes before eleven at night, I sneak out of my house with a batch of gingerbread cookies still warm, wrapped inside a white handkerchief.

#3 (02.17.11)

A cookie starts to crumble.

#4 (02.17.11)

I am Cinderella but not the Cinderella. I am one of hundreds in the Anserini Society.

#5 (02.17.11)

I am Cinderella but not the Cinderella, and I am escaping my home to meet with a Prince Charming.

#6 (02.17.11)

I am Cinderella but not the Cinderella, and I am slipping out of my home past curfew to meet with a Prince Charming. I have five minutes to get to the border of Anserini, in time for the patrols to change.

#7 (02.17.11)

Cinderella dressed in yellow, went upstairs to kiss her fellow. How many kisses did she give?

#8 (02.19.11)

I am Cinderella but not the Cinderella. With the moonlight touching my back and the darkness hugging me close, I lose a shoe as I hurry down the path. Once I feel gravel digging into the bottom of my foot, I turn around and search for the black flat. and I am slipping out of my home past curfew to meet with a Prince Charming. I have five minutes to get to the border of Anserini, in time for the patrols to change.

#9 (02.19.11)

I am Cinderella but not the Cinderella. I lose a shoe but not the shoe. I am meeting with my Prince Charming but not the Prince Charming.

With the moonlight falling heavy my back and the darkness surrounding me, I sneak out of my home.

lose a shoe as I hurry down the path. Once I feel gravel digging into the bottom of my foot, I turn around and search for the black flat. and I am slipping out of my home past curfew to meet with a Prince Charming. I have five minutes to get to the border of Anserini, in time for the patrols to change.

#10 (02.19.11)

With the darkness keeping close to me and masking the moonlight that lingers on my skin, I sneak out of my home. and stay within the shadows. The streetlights light up the sidewalk

lose a shoe as I hurry down the path. Once I feel gravel digging into the bottom of my foot, I turn around and search for the black flat. and I am slipping out of my home past curfew to meet with a Prince Charming. I have five minutes to get to the border of Anserini, in time for the patrols to change.

I find this amusing.

I am Cinderella but not the Cinderella. I lose a shoe but not the shoe. I am meeting with my Prince Charming but not the Prince Charming.

I wonder how many other Cinderellas in Anserini have lost a shoe.

#11 (02.19.11-02.20.11)

Darkness keeps close to me and masks the moonlight that lingers on my skin as I sneak out of my home. Little lights are mounted low on walkways and paths all through the town of Anserini, but they only light up when they sense movement. I cannot be seen out after curfew. I cannot afford a strike on my record when I am this close to my eighteenth birthday. Instead, I stay within the shadows behind the row of houses on my block, wandering through my neighbors’ backyards and using the moon and stars as my light source.

#12 (03.09.11)

There are 579 princesses-to-be from the age of 12 to 17 currently sitting in the school.

#13 (03.09.11)

I bump into two Cindrellas in a row as I learn how to…

#14 (03.09.11)

“Arabella, you’re a Belle,” Princess ________ said a little too loudly after I burst through the door, late for class. The worst part was that everyone could smell the reason why. “Tame that beast of a face.”

#15 (08.09.11)

If this were a true fairy tale, Arabella Villeneuve would live up to her beautiful name, smell roses in bloom all day long within the comfort of a magical palace, and have her princely and handsome beast at her side—after the transformation, of course. Instead, she had mud up to her knees, mud tangled in her hair, and mud smeared across her face. There were no roses growing on the ranch, not when the animals would munch on the petals like trampled on grass and hay, regardless of the thorns. The only beast within her sight was the cow that wouldn’t stop blowing hot air in her face.

#16 (10.31.11-11.02.11)

Her stepfather had committed a terrible crime tonight.

He brought a rose into their home.

Hiding behind the partially opened door to her stepfather’s study, Arabella Villeneuve pinched the bridge of her nose and took a deep breath. Then another and another until all she could taste on her tongue was the orange-scented air, but she still couldn’t breathe. Her trembling lips weren’t able to contain any of the air. Her fingers on the doorframe tingled as panic spread throughout her body, striking her fast-beating heart the most. It was fortunate that she hadn’t fainted.

#17 (01.06.12)

It was beautiful. So it was a shame that it must die.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #13: Disney Princesses, Reinterpreted

Yay, my first "Fairy Tale Friday" of 2012!

Disney Princesses. They are so wholesome, innocent, and clean. They are good girls, beautiful girls, and girl-next-door type of girls. Some of them need to be rescued by their Prince Charmings like Sleeping Beauty, and some of them need to be taken away from their terrible lives like Snow White and Cinderella. Then there are some who are strong girls who know what they want like Ariel and Rapunzel.

It's fun to see different people's reinterpretations of these iconic Disney Princesses. Make them real. Make them superheroes. Or make them badasses.


"Real Princesses"

What if these Disney Princesses are real? What would they look like? Well, Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen from http://jirkavinse.wordpress.com/ have done that with his photo manipulation.

Look at Jasmine from Aladdin. Doesn't she look beautiful?


Look at how sweet Snow White looks:

You can find the other Disney Princesses on http://jirkavinse.wordpress.com/.


"Superhero Princesses"

What if these Disney Princesses are superheroes? What if they save themselves and the world without having their Prince Charmings do it for them? Well, LadyAdler of http://ladyadler.deviantart.com/ have created what they would look like. They look cute, some of them flashing their capes while all of them are flashing some skin.



"Badass Princesses"

What if these Disney Princesses shed their wholesome image for a more badass look? What if they are the kind of girls who Prince Charmings may hesitate before stealing a kiss from them? Well, Geek Tyrant of http://geektyrant.com/news/2011/12/27/disney-princesses-as-fighting-warriors.html has done just that with these warrior princesses!

Look at Jasmine with her sword. Watch out for your head, Aladdin!


Look at Snow White! Not so sweet and wholesome anymore, is she? She's ready for a fight in a dark alley. Sorry, Prince Charming. She doesn't need your kiss to wake her up!



If you can reinterpret these Disney Princesses in any way you like, what would they be?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 New Year's Resolutions

I suck at sticking to resolutions over the years. Exercising, hehe, quickly broken each time. Maybe this year will be different. 2012 is already better than 2011. Why? I got the position to teach in S.Korea! (I had a hard time finding a teaching position in the USA so I started looking elsewhere. Plus, my friend taught in S.Korea and she liked it.) I found out back in December. I finally won't be a bum! :P

Here are my resolutions/goals for this year:

- Complete Beautiful/Wild and edit like crazy
- Query for an agent
- Work on more WIPs
- Earn money (easily attainable since I will be teaching in S.Korea!)
- Read and keep track of books
- Be fitter

What are some of your resolutions for 2012?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Giveaway Winners!

My big winner is Nikki A, choosing Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan ($4 Bargain Book on Amazon).


My dystopian winner is Jennifer, choosing Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.


My fairy tale winner is Munnaza, choosing Entwined by Heather Dixon.


Congratulations! Enjoy your books!

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I tallied up the answers for favorite dystopians and fairy tales. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the overwhelming favorite while the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale and its retellings are the fairy tale favorites!

“Dystopias”

22 The Hunger Games / Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

12 Divergent – Veronica Roth

6 Delirium – Lauren Oliver

4 Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

3 Matched – Allie Condie

3 Uglies / Extras – Scott Westerfeld

2 1984 – George Orwell

2 The Knife of Never Letting Go / Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness

1 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

1 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

1 Angelfall – Susan Ee

1 Ashes – Ilsa J. Bick

1 The Giver – Lois Lowry

1 Dark Parties – Sara Grant

1 Blood Red Road – Moira Young

1 The Maze Runner – James Dashner

1 Night Betrayed – Joss Ware

1 The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan

1 Cinder – Marissa Meyer

1 Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi

1 Legend – Marie Lu


“Fairy Tales”

Beauty and The Beast:

6 “Beauty and the Beast”

3 Beastly – Alex Flinn

2 Beauty – Robin McKinley

Cinderella:

2 Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson

2 Cinder – Marissa Meyer

1 Ash – Malinda Lo

1 Shadows on the Moon – Zoe Marriott

Little Red Riding Hood:

1 “Little Red Riding Hood”

1 Sisters Red – Jackson Pearce

The Little Mermaid:

3 “The Little Mermaid”

Sleeping Beauty:

1 “Sleeping Beauty”

1 Spindle’s End – Robin McKinley

The Wild Swans:

1 The Swan Kingdom – Zoe Marriott

Swan Lake (ballet):

1 Swan Princess

Rapunzel:

1 “Rapunzel”

Others:

1 La Guerre Des Fees – Herbie Brennan

1 Stardust – Neil Gaiman

1 The Two Princesses of Bamarre – Gail Carson

1 Ivan and the Fire Prince

1 Barbie Fairytopia

1 “Humpty Dumpty”

Collections:

2 Brothers Grimm

1 The Rose and the Beast – Francesca Lia Block

1 Classic Czech fairy tales – Bozena Nemcova and K J Erben

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

*Card from Zylom's Delicious: Emily's True Love*