Reinventing Myth and Genre for Fiction


Fables and fairy tales and folk tales can compel us on their own, but they’re also ripe for reinvention. Some authors may take the skeleton of a centuries-old story and use it as the basis for something new; others may borrow the language or structure in order to apply them to something else entirely.

Over at Hazlitt, Tobias Carroll reviews Patrick DeWitt’s latest novel Undermajordomo Minor and meditates on the long-standing tradition of authors and storytellers who bend myth and genre for the sake of telling new stories.

Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →