When I tell people that I’ve written a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, often I get asked, “Do you watch Once Upon a Time?” Yes! I love that show! And Rumpelstiltskin is one of my very favorite characters, of course. Robert Carlyle does an amazing job of staying true to the creepy villainy we so often associate with the character, and yet he is sympathetic (when he’s not all green-scaly and ripping out hearts and other mean things.) Also his body language is spectacular.
Sometimes people ask if my book was inspired by the show and this has inspired me to write a blog post in answer to this question.
Did the TV show Once Upon a Time inspire me to write Rump?
No. I was mostly inspired by those old guys Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Also I wrote my book before Once ever came out and those who have both read my book and watched Once will attest that we have taken the character and his tale in very different directions. For one, my Rump is only twelve. He’s also the good guy. He’s rather sweet and funny, actually. And unlike many renditions of Rumpelstiltskin, Rump really is appropriate for children under the age of twelve. (I had to convince a librarian of this truth just yesterday.)
So here’s to all the awesome version of Rumpelstiltskin in the world, in books and film, to which I’m excited to add Rump to the list! LESS THAN TWO MONTHS, FRIENDS!!!