Fairytale Retellings & Prompts: Aladdin

This month we’re doing a series called the A-Z blogging challenge where we dive into Fairytale Retellings and provide prompts for writers. Writers are the people making the books, television shows, and movies of tomorrow. For more information on the challenge check out my earlier post here.

“Arabian nights like Arabian days, are hotter than hot in a lot of good ways.” – Opening song quote from the Disney movie

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One Thousand and One Nights is a book of stories where Aladdin can be found. The story that most of us know centers around a street urchin in the middle east. In the original story, Aladdin is Chinese and a lazy boy who lives at home with his mom. Close but not quite the same story.

Currently, there are two Disney feature films, one in animation and the other in live-action with the same title. Though they both contain some of the same songs there is an entirely different feel to the films showing that a re-make doesn’t need to be an exact copy. In addition to the films, there are many stories written and rewritten incorporating the story of Aladdin.

So here’s a writing prompt for you: Based on what you know how would you rewrite the rags to riches story of Aladdin?

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T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.


  1. I’ve never actually seen Aladdin – I admit it, I missed the Disney renaissance with the likes of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast etc. I really should watch it at some point, even if it’s just for Robin Williams. My sister and I used to have the story in a book when we were younger, but I can’t for the life of me remember what book. Best wishes for the AtoZ.
    Tasha 💖
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    1. Hey Tasha,
      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I was a Disney kid so there’s a lot of Disney this month. I’m a huge fan of the ‘happily ever after.’ *shaking my fist at Disney* But I also explore some of the origins of the darker fairytales too because I think that’s a piece some retellings take out. There’s a reason the original writers went dark. There are also tons of ideas that can stem from knowing the original story instead of a copy of a copy. If you do go back and watch them, let me know. I’d love to know what you thought.

  2. I will not even try ;D Those movies are great, and I’m such a bad writer, I will enjoy watching them and that’s all ;))
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  3. Cool theme. I haven’t seen Disney’s live-action version yet. I think the interesting thing to explore with Aladdin is wish-fulfillment. How do you use wealth and power wisely, how much is too much, and what will actually make people happy?
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)

    1. Anne,
      I like where your head is at with these questions. Can one be truly happy without struggle? I think that’s something we like to see in our books and movies. It’s the struggle and the train wreck the characters get into that makes us watch. Then how the characters find the answers for themselves. Well done!

  4. This looks like the start to some amazing posts! Your link on the master list took me to a blank blog page, so I thought there was nothing here. Sorry about that.

    1. What?! Oh no! I’m so glad you found me anyway.

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