Sunday, March 11, 2012

Watch Out For The Wolf!

Happy Monday All,

Golly! That is one mid-week through weekend I do not hope to repeat. My family came down with a stomach bug (seemed like some kind of stomach flu) and I don't wish it on anyone. We're doing much better, and I'm working on getting back to 100 percent feeling like my well self instead of my sick self, but I'm much better than I was.

I hope the rest of you have been staying well.

Sunday was my weekly watching of Once Upon A Time and the theme was Red Riding Hood, which was pretty interesting in and of itself, but the night before my husband and I had watched the movie of Red Riding Hood that came out awhile back, so it feels like I had a very Red Riding Hood weekend.

So in the spirit of that, I thought I'd also mention another retelling, in the form of a YA novel, called Scarlet Moon by Debbie ViguiĆ© which I have read more than once. It's a great retelling. Very inspiring and creative.

In the TV show it played with the idea that Red would be a wolf, and in the movie, someone else. In the book, it's yet someone else.

However, in the original story, "the big, bad wolf" isn't any person, but rather a talking wolf Red Riding Hood meets in the woods on the way to Grandmother's house. A good cautionary tale about not talking to strangers, but as evident by the show, Once Upon A Time and the movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and the book, Scarlet Moon, there's plenty of elements and ideas for someone to play with and reinterpret the story.

For myself, any of my regular readers know I love fairy tales. I find them inspiring, and I generally like most retellings. Rarely do I not like a retelling and sometimes I like the retelling better than the original.

In the case of Red Riding Hood, I felt the retellings offered some depth and ideas not found in the original tale. Things to spark the imagination and inspiration.

So, what do you think of Red Riding Hood and its retellings?

Have A Magnificent Monday!


Roni said...

Once Upon a Time is the only one I've seen or read. (Other than the original) I was totally shocked it was Red.

Bethany said...


I know! That caught me by surprise. I thought it was the Grandmother, then I thought it was Peter.

The book SCARLET MOON is really good. I love her contributions to the retellings of fairy tales and the movie I also liked--I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it or not, but I found it interesting.

Thank you for dropping by :-)

Susan M said...

Another thought provoking blog, Bethany.

William Simon said...

I liked the variation of the story they did for the pilot for the new series GRIMM. I wasn't certain where they were going with it until the investigating detective asked, "What was she wearing when she left?" The patrol officer looked at his notebook and replied, "Red sweatpants, red sweatshirt with a hoodie."

Loved it...:)

Bethany said...

Susan M.,

Thank you! I try to come up with interesting topics--never know what it will turn out to be until I post it.

Thank you so much for dropping by.

Bethany said...


I don't follow GRIMM, but it sounds like an interesting show.

That is REALLY cool how they incorporated "Red Riding Hood". I love it when people get imaginative like that!

Thank you so much for dropping by.

Tonette said...

Husband and I got totally hooked on Once Upon a Time and Grim. We came in halfway through last night's OUaT and were totally shocked....and we feel better about Granny, btw! We usually catch the whole thing or we go online, (which we will catch the first part asap),like we do for Grimm, since he works weekday evenings.You have to check it out; we love Monroe!
I have not seen the movie...and here comes one with Julia Roberts about Snow White!
Glad you are better.I am still worn out from the "3 Brothers Party" (check out FB; you'll understand my profile picture).

Bethany said...



Hope you get back to full-speed, soon.

Yeah, I liked Granny better at the end of the episode than I did at the beginning.

Thank you so much for dropping by.