My current favorite author is Mercedes Lackey. For those that don't know her, she is a writer of fantasy, European mid-evil mixed with traditional fantasy beings. (elves, dragons, dwarves, etc) She published one book, "Phoenix and ashes", this is basically Cinderella in WWI Europe. Yesterday I was at the library, I read the description of "the Black swan." basically the swan princess on larger scale(more women turned into swans.) even to the point of the main character being named Odette. I have little doubt the Black Swan will be a good read, as Phoenix and ashes was, but these are both cliche stories. One thing, at least in the Phoenix and ashes, the names were changed, none of the names were of Cinderella's story. Evil step mother, evil step sisters, but different names. The Black Swan seems to retell the old tale using some of the same names.(Woman hating man that learns the dark arts, becomes obcessed with turning women into swans by day, and women by night.) If written by a no-name, wouldn't the publisher ignore them? I have stated cliche can be overcome, but to take whole plots of children's stories? These seem to expand on the stories, but the premis is the same. Does she break the tradtional rules?