Fairy tales continue to get the reboot treatment, this time with Disney’s Maleficent. The film reimagines Disney’s own interpretation of “Sleeping Beauty” from the villain’s point of view, with Angelina Jolie in the titular role.
Maleficent has always been my favorite Disney villain. What’s not to like about a woman with magical powers, who can turn herself into a giant, fire-breathing dragon? Okay, there’s whole evil part, but still. Maleficent (Dig that name!) is pretty cool.
So I’m celebrating the release of the film with a little giveaway. As you may know, I too have a reimagining of “Sleeping Beauty.” In my modern take on the classic story, our heroine is put into a magical coma not by a jealous witch but her own father. He fears her budding sexuality and seeks to “protect” her from 14-year-old boys with lust on their minds.
When the story opens, it’s two years later. Beth has been in a coma for two years now and only Carl still comes to visit her. Beth’s mother thinks he may be able to break the spell. But she’ll have to convince him first. And Beth’s father has other ideas.
“Sleeping Beauty: A Modern Fairy Tale” is an 8000-word short story, and you can get it free for your Kindle Friday through Sunday. It’s also got an excerpt from my novella, Beauty & the Beast: A Modern Fairy Tale, in the back matter. So you can go see Maleficent and then still have lots of reimagined fairy tale goodness to read afterwards! Click on the link below to download the short story for free!