So this past weekend I took the kiddies (and my sister) to see Gnomeo & Juliet. It’s a cute gnomantic comedy (their promotional lingo, as much as I’d like to take credit for it) that retells the story of Romeo and Juliet as garden gnomes turn star-crossed lovers. Plus they manage to weave in Elton John songs to move the plot along. A mix that I probably wouldn’t have thought of but that works in a very entertaining way on the big screen.
Part of the reason I was so intrigued with this story concept may have been my obsession with The Amazing Race (which also kicked off a new season last weekend and has a fascination with gnomes.) But a bigger part of it is because I love when people reimagine fairy tales.
For instance, I recently picked up a new book for my three-year old called Ponyella by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans. You guessed it…Cinderella meets adorable ponies. It was love at first read (for both me and Lucy.) It’s the perfect mix of two of Lucy’s favorite things.
And a quick search on Amazon helps prove my point…there are lots of options if you want to read a fairy tale with a different twist. Like Waynetta and the Cornstalk: A Texas Fairy Tale. And Hansel and Diesel. And Waking Beauty.
Not only are these books entertaining (and often pretty darn funny) but it also goes to show you that every story…even time-honored classics…has another way of being told.