Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rapunzel Untangled: Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is. 

Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale

My Review:

Wow!  Ok, understatement of the year, I know!  Words escape me on how much I enjoyed this book.  This is such an amazing twist on the fairy tale most of us have grown up with.  The modernism makes the book easier to relate to.  I love the darker aspect of the book when it came to how demented Gothel was.   Cindy C. Bennett continues to write characters and stories that leave me enraptured.  She knows how to tell a great story that’s suitable for young and mature readers.  Rapunzel isn’t your typical damsel in distress either.  Once she figures out her circumstances she takes control of her own destiny.  Then you have Fane.  Who wouldn’t fall in love with Fab Fane?!  He’s caring and funny.  If you’re like me, and have loved the new faces old fairy tales are getting, you will love this story!  I would also recommend reading ALL of Cindy’s other books.  She is such a great author.

My favorite thing to ask authors is what they would like if their book was turned into a movie.  Here's are Cindy's thoughts on it.

If Rapunzel Untangled were turned into a movie...

What writer doesn’t imagine their book being turned into the latest Hollywood blockbuster? Okay, there are probably some, but I’m not one of them. When I write, it see it all in my mind like it’s a real movie playing. I have a tendency to write in “scenes” that I can absolutely picture.
So, if Rapunzel Untangled were turned into a book, how would I see it? Let’s start with who would play the characters. Rapunzel, being the main character, is probably the most important. I can picture a few different actresses playing her: Saoirse Ronin, Dakota Fanning, Dianna Agron. Probably my top pick would be a blonde Emma Watson. 

She has that fragile and yet tough look about her that I imagine in Rapunzel.
Fane would be nearly as important because he’s the reason Rapunzel first reaches out beyond her tower. Alex Pettyfer and Zac Efron would be great, but my top pick would be Matthew Lewis. Yup, Neville Longbottom outgrew that gawkiness to become quite the cutie (although as a fan of geeks, I kinda liked the awkward version of him). The thing is, he can play both goofy and serious, which is needed for Fane, and he’s tall, another requirement. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Hermione and Neville kiss?

Gothel would be the last main character who’s important to the story. I have to admit that as I wrote her I imagined the amazing Angelica Huston as Gothel. No one plays controlled insanity like she can.

The scene I would look most forward to watching from the book on the big screen is their first meeting, when he’s awed by her hair, and she’s amazed by his goatee—and the fact that he’s the first human she’s had contact with outside of Gothel. There’s heavy emotion in that scene, and the way they look at one another sets the feeling for their relationship from there on out. I intended it to come across as intense yet showing Fane’s playfulness, so I’d love to see that translated on screen.
I’ve watched a few things being filmed, commercials and such, and the whole behind-the-scenes thing fascinates me endlessly. I’m one of those people who greedily watches extras on DVD’s to see how the movie was made. If it has footage of rehearsals, I practically go ballistic. I watch the movie with the commentary, and again with closed captioning. I go to IMDB and read all the trivia posted about the movie. I love to read all about the secrets of filmmaking, so it would be far more thrilling for me to be able to be on set every day watching the process of filmmaking than actually being on screen. If the filmmakers wanted a cameo from me, maybe I could be one of Fane’s aunts who are only involved for a few seconds of screen time. Otherwise, I’d just feel blessed to be allowed to observe the process.
Of course, this is all nothing more than pipe dreams. But then again, pipe dreams are what create the best of art sometimes, right? So I’ll just keep on dreaming—and writing.

About the Author

Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband - who happens to be her high-school sweetheart - raised two sons and two daughters. She's now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.
When she's not writing, reading, or answering emails (notice there's no mention of cleaning, cooking, or anything remotely domestic), she can often be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. (Yes, she rides a Harley.)

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1 comment:

  1. Oh I love fairytale retellings. This one does look good. great review. thanks for shairng.


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