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Authors Philip Pullman, David Almond and Jacqueline Wilson explore how they, as writers, would subvert the fairy tale genre. Almond describes blending the extraordinary with the ordinary to create powerful stories. Pullman suggests changing the events and structure of traditional tales. Wilson looks beyond the happy ending and focuses on what would happen next. Keith Gray explores the effect of changing traditional characterisation.
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Writer's Block
First broadcast:
12 November 2008

Classroom Ideas

Draw up a list of selected texts that students will be studying, or have already studied. Encourage them to write a short story based on one of these texts, subverting the genre. This could be done either by going back to the original ending to find out what happened next to these characters, or by placing the story in a more ordinary or contemporary setting.