Project Fairy Tale: The Elves and the Shoefaker by Hans Christian ASBOsen

The ASBO Fairy Tales is a collection of some of the most well known Fairy Tales re-written to reflect some of the issues that get people in to trouble now a days.

The collections retelling of The Elves and The Shoemaker is The Elves and the Shoefaker.

I this retelling the Shoemaker works very hard to make counterfeit shoes however he can’t compete with the cheap prices of those made in Thailand. As before he lays out his materials and goes to bed and wakes in the morning to find perfect shoes made. They are bought by a wealthy cannabis merchant and he has enough money to make two pairs of shoes now and buy instant roast potatoes. Again that night he lays out the material and in the morning finds perfect trainers ready to sell. These are bought by another merchant and so he now has enough money for leather and 3 flagons of cider. That night after having some of his cider him and his wife decide to stay up and see who is helping them and leave them out a thimble of cider to try. When the elves turn up they drink the Cider happily and the pick up the needle as if to start work. However instead they come after the Shoefaker and his wife demading the rest of the cider. This is followed by being sick on their feet, trashing the store and running away with their TV.

This retelling is a bit silly but it is just for amusement. The elves in it are dressed up like Ned’s in the picture in the book and they behave like them too. It doesn’t really have any message to it like the original but it is a bit of fun for teens and adults who know they story and how a lot of youths do act these days.

Project: Fairy Tale – It’s Here

Project: Fairy Tale is a great project being hosted by The Cheap Reader for February 2013. It a month devoted to fairy tales and their retelling’s with 38 bloggers signed up to read and review a different fairy tale and it’s retelling’s or spin off’s.

The idea of the project is;

  • Have a month devoted to Fairy Tales. February 2013. That will give us adequate time to read and schedule our posts.
  • Each blogger chooses a fairy tale. They must read the original fairy tale and at least 3 retellings/spin offs of the story. They write a review of each book and post them during the month of Project: Fairy Tale.  It’d be awesome if you could compile a list of other retellings  of your fairy tale as well. (Preferably the retellings will be Young Adult books or younger.) That’s it!
  • Other optional fun things to do: You can make a whole month of it on your blog if you’d like. More reviews,  read the fairy tale from another culture, movie reviews, integrate your fairy tale with any features/memes you do, discussion posts, list posts (favorite retelling, most creative retelling, etc), comparing and contrasting the retellings with the original story, anything you can imagine involving your fairy tale! Do as much or as little as you’d like.
  • You don’t have to devote the entire month to the event. Just the reviews are required. :)
  • It’s not required but after I ‘clear’ your fairy tale I would love for you to do a sign up post on your blog. Nothing too fancy.  Just tell your readers about this project, the fairy tale you chose, and maybe brainstorm your ideas. Plus it’s a great, central place for us to suggest or recommend books about your fairy tale.
  • There is a master post for the month and add people’s posts to it as they’re posted.

My Fairy Tale is The Elves and The Shoemaker by Brother Grimm. I picked this tale because it was something a little bit different however one of this issues I have discovered is there isn’t a lot of spin-off’s of it and all of the re-telling’s are very similar.

I do thankfully have three online sources of different versions of the story to start me off though.

I also have a couple of other idea’s for related posts and I’m going to read

  • The ASBO Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Asbosen 
  • and The Tales of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling (cause fairy tales aren’t just for muggles :))

Please let me know if you know of any other adaptations of The Elves and The Shoemaker and I hope you enjoy Fairy Tale February.