Another place to mine for ideas is fairy tales. Yes, you can argue that it's been overdone in the past few years, but that's because fairy tales have such universal appeal. They play with archetypes, which are evolving in sort of a fascinating way right before our eyes. How many fairy tales can you think of? Could you adapt the plot and/or characters to bring it new life? Could you place the story in a new setting to give it a new twist? Give it some thought!
Homework: Take a fairy tale and twist it. Play around; let the protagonists and antagonists trade places. See what happens.
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