The theme for the #Romancestagram hashtag over on Instagram this month is “Romance Retellings.” I have to say, this is one of my favorite themes so far, both as a reader and a writer.
Every month as the themes are announced, I scan to see if I have any books or favorite reads to share, and usually I have one or two, but this month is an embarrassment of riches. Or should I just confess–like most romance authors, I simply love retelling a classic, a favorite fairy tale, or giving a new spin to that old, adored movie.
Take Fairy Tales . . .
I mean, they are supposed to end Happily Ever After. At least in theory.
I’ve written Cinderella twice. Yes, clearly once was not enough.
But there they are
, One Night of Passion and Cynders & Ashe. Both stories are so very different, but they tell one of my favorite ideas: that you can fall in love in a single night. When I came up with the tag line for One Night of Passion — Sometimes Cinderella loses more than just her slipper — I thought my editor was going to fall out of her chair. Well, I did say this was my version . . .
Or take my love affair with Beauty and the Beast. OMG, I love that story. And to that end, I wrote The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane. My beast was a man broken and tortured by his experiences with war
, and my beauty, a persistent young woman who believes in true love (and well organized closets and truly horrible cats).
Those are my contributions so far . . . But November is young. I’ll be posting my takes on Classics and Movies in the coming weeks, so I hope you are following me on Instagram or follow along with the #romancestagram hashtag.
But for now, which Fairy Tale story do you like to see retold?