Today, we are super excited to be hosting a stop on the official tour for A Whole New World by Liz Braswell, which is the first in a series that looks at fantastical “what if” scenarios featuring some of Disney’s most beloved stories.
I love the idea of re-imagining not just a classic fairy tale — but the very well-known Disney versions! What was your approach to retelling Disney’s Aladdin?
On an emotional and character development level, I wanted to tell a tale there wasn’t time to in the original film. And to fill in their world with more details and even more interesting characters. And to age up a potential plot so that older audiences could enjoy it. Simply put, what could Aladdin and Jasmine do that I—and others—would enjoy reading about?
What do you think fans of Aladdin will be surprised to see in A Whole New World?
Jafar is a bit more psychotic than in the movie. A secondary character is missing (it makes sense when you read it). And Jasmine winds up being queen of all Westeros.
It’s the one that presented the most acceptable plot divergence for such a classic movie. Some other possibilities were: What if Abu got the lamp and made the first wish? (hint: think bananas). What if it was suddenly discovered that Agrabah sat on top of a giant oil field? What if Jasmine wielded a scimitar, got on a horse, and rode around ancient Persia, righting wrongs?
If not Aladdin, what Disney movie would you love to re-tell and how might you approach the story?
Um. I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. Let’s just say I may have been granted that opportunity already…
What was the biggest challenge of re-telling such a well-known and beloved Disney film?
Making it believable and real for an older audience: people who still love the movie as much as they did as children but want a little more out of the world. While keeping that world within the realm of possible from the original movie.
Favorite Halloween candy?
Candy corn. HANDS DOWN. Often shoved onto teeth to make fangs.
Starbucks beverage of choice?
When I’m not Japanese vacu-pressing my civet-extracted, fair shade trade grown organic Beans of Rarity, I check my Caffeine O’Meter readout and then order the correct-sized plain drip (with room), to keep my system from shutting down. Unless it’s winter, in which case it’s the peppermint mochaccino, no whipped cream but do NOT forget my peppermint sprinkles. Seriously! Without them, what’s the point?
French fries or tater tots?
Tater trots are a TREAT, not to be overindulged. I love ‘em at Crif Dogs on Driggs.
Skill you wish you possessed?
Besides flight? Whatever you want to call that magical ability that lets painters put things down on canvas so they’re the right colors. On purpose.
Can’t miss TV show?
Orange is the New Black, Peaky Blinders, whatever is new and interesting on the syfy channel.
Favorite member of the Avengers?
Tricky. I like She-Hulk; I feel that in the real world she would be very involved in some political issues we’re having in North Brooklyn right now involving parks. Also she’s a total badass.
When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
Her series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” has been adapted into a TV show by ABC Family.
5 winners will receive a finished copy of A WHOLE NEW WORLD. US Only.
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