After choosing to create a publication based on alternative endings to fairy tales I thought that I would start with Snow White as she was my example in my essay, and think that she is a good example of how fairy tales make children think that they have to be 'the fairest of them all' to end up happy in life, be successful and find love. I started by going through the top ten different Disney Princesses, thinking about the alternative endings that I can give them.
The target audience for my publication is children ages 8 - 14. I think that this will be appropriate for this age range because it is the age where children start to think about what they are doing and what they look like. Although it is past the age where they first hear/watch the fairy tales, it is an appropriate age so that they learn that the world doesn't always work the same way as the fairy tales. When writing for the book I need to consider my target audience, so that it is enough for them to read, but not being too much, or too hard so that they feel they can't read it.
Snow White - The Prince would find the evil side to the Queen attractive, and ask for her hand in marriage, which leave Snow White in a deep 'sleep'.
Sleeping Beauty - When she pricked her finger she fell into a deep sleep and was to only be awakened by the Prince's kiss. Although when the Prince tries to get to the Princess, he cuts his had on a thorn in the dark forest and decides its not worth it and goes home.
Cinderella - She goes to the ball because of the fairy godmother, and as the clock hits 12 she runs home leaving her glass slipper behind. The Prince vows he will find the girl in the glass slipper and marry her. When visiting peoples houses trying to find a foot that it fits on, Cinerella is cleaning downstairs whilst the fairy godmother tries on the slipper and its a perfect fit, so he marries her.
Beauty and the Beast - The beast eats Belle because she says no to his marriage proposal so many times, and when she finally says yes its because she found out he is really a handsome Prince, and if she marries him he will turn back into the Prince. The beast thinks she is too shallow and decided that she would make a better meal instead.
Jasmin - Aladdin rescued Jasmin from her arranged marriage, although on the way out of the wedding Jasmin falls off the magic carpet and loses her memory of Aladdin, so marries the other guy who she doesn't love.
Tiana - Tiana is looking for an easy way to get more money, so she started to kiss different frogs thinking that one of them would turn into a Prince. Although really the Prince was watching her do this and found it hilarious and very unattractive.
The Little Mermaid - Ariel was able to exchange her voice for legs so she could see the Prince that she loves, although when it hits midnight she gets her voice back and the Prince realised he loves her. Although as this happens she gets her tail back. Prince Eric is allergic to fish, so no matter how much they want to be together, they can't.
I have found through research that children find books that they can interact with more interesting, therefore I want to make a book where you can change the order or the stories which will make my target audience interact more with it. The pages will be inter-changeable, so that each night the children can have a different page order and see it as a different book. When being sold, the book could also come with more pages so that there are many different ones to chose from so each night the book will be very different. (Binding choice can be found here)
Drawing the characters and illustrations.
For the publication I wanted the text to be short but sweet. Enough for a child aged 8 - 14 years old to read. I think that it should be written well without using too big of words, but keeping it short so that it keeps to attention of the younger audience. For the Introduction page I think that keeping it simple will work better for this publication, as the rest of the pages are so detailed, I think that it would be too much if I had big illustrations on it. Also even though the binding method I will be using is different so that the children can organise the pages that they want them, I thin that I should still not include anything on the left hand page.
The illustrations only go across a double page spread, this is so that they are restricted, this will make it easier for the children to organise the pages into their own personal way. this will work well for children, after they have put them in the order that they want them in, they have the option to stick the pages together so that it is more like a real book. Although this means that they wont be able to move them about. I think that it is good to have the option, I have designed the publication so that it is not to be stuck together, although if children want to it is easy to do so. Having a personalised book will interact with the target audience more, and make each publication feel unique to the owner. Especially if there were ore options for different fairy tales being sold with it, so each night they could have a different book to read.
I chose this binding so that the publication can not only be a normal book format but it can also stand on its own to show all the different pages. This means that the publication can be on display as well as being a book. I found that children wanted to chose what would go in their fairy tales, if I had more time I would create more spreads and illustrations for more fairy tales, so that they could also be bought separately so you can make your own book, with your favourite fairy tales inside. This is something that I would just have to propose as I don't have time to actually create more illustrations.
The posters look better in person as these images are quite dark, but I found that they printed out really well. I initially was just going to make a publication about happily never after. But I thought that I could print out posters to go along with it so that they are available with the publication, it also increases the size of the illustrations to see the detail.
If I had more time I would have tried to create more illustrations of the princesses. I could have also tried to include other fairy tales without Princesses such as Hansel and Gretal, from the Brothers Grim collection. Although I purposely only had Princesses as I was trying to show that not all Princesses get the Prince. I really enjoyed creating this publication and the posters and I think that over the summer when I have time I will continue with the publication, making more Princesses, also looking directly at the Brothers Grim tales, as I think that they could be more of a range and diverse.
If I were to do this brief again, I would have tried to book more print slots as I found that there wasn't any available nearer the deadline, therefore I had to go to drop ins and consider external printers. This is something which delayed the printing process. I would have also done a spell check on the posters as I have found a spelling mistake on one of them. I didn't think to check them as there are very little words on them.
Overall I am really please with my practical side of my essay, I think that they synthesize really well, and are suitable for the target audience. I am looking forward to extending the publication over the summer and exploring different fairy tales.