Too busy reading - of all things - to contribute much of use here today. But if anybody out there is looking for something to read themselves I could recommend these odd little fairy tales over on the Guardian site. They've been there awhile but I just stumbled across them. Hilary Mantel, Nogozi Adichie and Audrey Niffenegger all give their modern rendition of a fairy tale.
And while, I'm at it, can I also recommend checking out Steph Aulenback's Grim Stories, More Grim Stories and Still More Grim Stories over at McSweeney's. I don't think I've mentioned my love of these here before but I did use them in the class I taught this year. I think we need a book of these. Please.