Querying Song of the Day: “Somewhere Out There” from An American Tale
What Agents Want is a new series in which we will research what trends/topics agents are looking for right now. We’ll give you information on the trend/topic and the agent that is looking for this specific type of project. The better to query with, my dears.
This week we are looking to a land not so far, far away…that was horrible, but it will all make sense. We noticed that a few people are buzzing about fairy tales around the interwebs. And normal fairy tales are not what’s being buzzed about–it’s the FRACTURED fairy tale that’s getting attention.
There are a few agents who are always looking for re-worked fairy tales. Among them is Sarah LaPolla
of Curtis Brown LTD. (yes, Pam’s super agent!). In fact, she recently blogged about the topic here
So, what the heck is a fractured fairy tale?
A story that takes the fairy tales we know and love and literally “fractures” them. Some of the characters, settings, key plot points, and points of view are changed but the general story remains the same.
According to Marilyn Kinsella a fractured fairy tale is “…a fairy or other folk tale that has been modified in such a way as to make us laugh at an unexpected characterization, plot development or contrary point of view.”
Of course, some fractured fairy tales are not humorous (what’s so funny about a witch trying to eat two little German children??) but the point is the same as the description above–elements of the tale are changed to give a fresh spin to the material.
Go here to have fun making your own fractured fairy tale!!!
What books can I read for research? (Books that include a fractured fairy tale)
Finally, tell me about the agent who is seeking fractured fairy tales!
Sarah LaPolla began working with Curtis Brown LTD in 2008 after receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She is seeking new clients (and took on Pam this past December!!!). To query her and learn more about what she is interested in, see her page on the Curtis Brown LTD website and Querytracker.net through the links below.