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Storytellers today are indebted to early scholars who wrote down local stories and preserved them for future audiences. Without these records, many of our most loved stories would have been lost and forgotten.
Through the years, these traditional tales have inspired countless authors, and their structure and themes offer a wealth of ideas for a myriad of story genres and formats. Folktales have reappeared again and again in short stories, poems, comic books, novels, plays, and films.
For writers, rewriting older tales to reflect contemporary situations can be a freeing exercise that helps conquer one's own writing fears and anxieties. Also, the archetypes built into these traditional stories become highly effective when they reflect individual traits and eccentricities from the writer, which in turn makes them highly relatable to the modern reader.
Evil stepmothers and stepfathers, loathsome monsters and other frightening figures can be the story replacement for the wicked, evil, and loathsome real figures in characters’ current living conditions.
If you're planning to use folk tales in your writing, learn as much as possible about the cultural beliefs and the customs of the people who originally created the stories before adapting them.
WHAT CAN YOU ADAPT?
WAYS TO ADAPT FOLKTALES
There are many ways one can work with folktales to create new stories or refresh the old ones. Here are some approaches you can take:
Whether the newly crafted story is a retelling, an adaptation, a translation, a spoof, or a loosely-based version, how far the story strays from the traditional version, is up to you.
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