Thursday, January 21, 2010
You're a detective in the world that inspired fairy tales. Whether you preserve the medieval elements of the society or modernize it or cartoonize it is up to you. Dragons can be dragons or dictators and pigs could be anthropomorphic pigs or kids of local politicians ;-)
Pick a fairy tale and investigate the happenings: at the beginning as they unfold, in the middle or after the fact. Maybe the situation is nothing like was depicted in the fairy tale. Maybe Cinderella was the wicked one. Maybe Rapunzel was mad and locked away for everyone's safety. Maybe Snow White was a seductress who was kicked out of the castle but the royals want that kept hush hush.
The fairy tale list (and links to other lists) is at Fairy Tales, and a random picker at Tale of Two Tales.
When you're done, here are some examples of the fairy tale and detective story combinations:
The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm series) -- Grades 4-6
Max Hamm, Fairy Tale Detective -- a Golden Book format, but for grades 8 and up
Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective -- an 18 min short film. (Some PG-13 content.)
Grimm Fairy Tales -- Not for kids and not a detective, but they are some dark turns on fairy tales
Once Upon a Crime -- Popular mystery writers re-imagine some fairy tales with some twisted results.
Bill Willingham's Fables series -- the legendary folk were forced out of their land and live disguised in New York city in a luxury apartment building. Then Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is murdered.
The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime is the first in the comedic Nursery Crime series by Jasper Fforde that's rife with word play.
A couple of list thats includes some detective fairy tales (some already mentioned): Graphic Novels and Fairy Tale Detectives.