- The wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. (Though more accurately she was inside the wolf!) Needs to avoid woodchoppers. Getting more ethically sourced meat would also be a good idea.
- Cinderella's stepmother and ugly sisters. Coming to terms and making amends with Cinderella would be a good step, given she is now in a position of considerable influence. If they can't stomach doing that, moving to another kingdom might be a good idea. Cinderella might not harbour thoughts of revenge (though the stepmother and ugly sisters can't know that for sure).
- Dracula. This blood lust thing always ends badly - for the vampire. Time to take up Terry Pratchett's idea of the Black Ribboners who swear to foresake human blood (and live off animal blood instead. Generally goes down better with most people, though admittedly the vegetarian and vegan communities will still not be happy, but then it is impossible to please everyone).
- Mrs Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Given she has got her two eldest daughters married off (well at that!), Mrs Bennett should focus on something to make good use of her time and abilities and to show there is more depth to her. She is often considered a "silly" woman but her concerns for her daughters were based on a real fear of losing the Longbourne property and the family being in real trouble.
- The most successful pig of the Three Little Pigs. Now this depends on which version of the story you read. The classic version shows only one pig surviving (and outwitting the wolf via a boiling cauldron - ouch!). A more common version shows the two more foolish pigs escaping and going to live with the more sensible one (though the wolf still meets its watery fate). But the successful pig could definitely develop a career as an adviser to those who need help to pick the right building materials.
At the start of a New Year, we are all thinking about new beginnings and my post on This World and Others is all about that topic. On a lighter note, this post lists those fairytale and other characters definitely in need of their own fresh start.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.