I’ve noticed a few YA novels around that are contemporary retellings of fairy tales, like the one I’m just about to read: Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon. On the cover it’s described as a twist on the classic tale. It seemed that some of you might enjoy this as a writing exercise. Take a fairy tale and make it your own.
What’s great about using a story that’s already written is that the structure is in place already. You just need to rethink the characters and the setting. How about Snow White set in Saskatoon, or Little Red Riding Hood as a transgender teen?