My fairy tale? Beauty and the Beast. My story? Redemption.
A few days ago I read an article that said ‘The Last Samauri, like all Tom Cruise movies, is a story of redemption’, and I went, “Oh, well, no wonder I like Tom Cruise movies so much.” I’m a sucker for a good redemption story, whether it’s individual, familial, societal, whatever. I love the heartbreak that comes with a good redemption story, and looking at the half dozen novels I’ve written, yep. Big ol’ theme there. Flashing, and stuff. (I’d use the blink tag, but as a web designer by trade, I’d have to go kill myself afterwards.) I’ve known that for a while, and knowing it doesn’t seem to change my inclination to write stories that are on some level redemption stories, nor my ability to do so.
Neither does my awareness of BatB as ‘my’ fairy tale. I often see threads of it in my writing (sometimes much more deliberately than others!), and I’m pretty content with that. There are other stories that I know about that I like, thematically (I think I won’t go into them too deeply right now, no point in showing all my cards!), and other stories I like to tell, but on a flat level? Redemption. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. :)