Retelling Fairy Tales: guest post + The Glass Casket giveaway

February 17, 2014 2014, fairy tales, giveaway, guest post, Uncategorized, Wendy 87

Retelling Fairy Tales: guest post + The Glass Casket giveawayThe Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
Published by Delacorte Press on February 11, 2014
Genres: fairy tale
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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Death hasn't visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders' bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.

Rowan's village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan's door once again.

Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

I am always drawn to reimaginings of classic fairy tales, but I’ve found that the ones I’ve enjoyed best seem to be very dark or sad, and more closely aligned to the Grimm or Andersen versions of the stories than the happy cartoon versions. In The Glass Casket, McCormick Templeman serves up an atmospheric fantasy full of mystery, romance, and bloodshed, and it’s a great stormy night read if you like your fairy tales with a little bit of bite.

We’re very pleased to be part of the official blog tour for this book, and invite you to read about the author’s process for researching and shaping her story.

~ Wendy

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On Retelling Fairy Tales
by McCormick Templeman

I have memories of my grandmother reading me fairy tales when I was pre-literate. The book we had was beautiful, but the versions were too sanitized for my grandmother’s taste, so she changed them to the much darker ones she’d known in her own childhood. In her version of “Little Red Riding Hood,” the wolf consumes both the child and the grandmother, and there is no woodcutter to save them, no happy ending. I appreciated the darkness. There are horrifying things in the world, and sometimes it’s easiest to express our emotions about them through symbol and metaphor. Certainly for children, I think it’s easier to put those symbols together and make sense of how the world is dangerous through allegory, and even humor. I also appreciated the fluidity of my grandmother’s approach to narrative as well as the inherent strength of the stories’ structure – that you could change elements of a tale like “Little Red Riding Hood” while maintaining that spark of meaning at its core.

My new novel The Glass Casket is a fairytale retelling of sorts, and I got to have a lot of fun researching the tales that inspired it. Aside from re-reading Angela Carter’s “The Snow Child,” I avoided looking at modern retellings, wanting my inspiration to come as much as possible from early sources. It was interesting to observe the transmutations these tales have undergone throughout the years. In the case of “The Sleeping Beauty,” most of us are familiar with Charles Perrault’s significantly toned-down retelling of Giambattista Basile’s earlier tale, “Sole, Luna, e Talia.” In Basile’s version, the heroine is raped in her sleep, and subsequently gives birth to twins. It is the suckling of one of the twins on her finger that removes a toxic splinter and awakens her from her trance. In the case of “Cinderella,” the story instead becomes increasingly gruesome in its retelling. Basile’s early version, “Cenerentola,” is mellow compared to the Brothers Grimm’s bloody version in which the step-sisters maim themselves, cutting off toes in an attempt to fit in to the coveted slipper.

I read these tales with a soft eye, looking for the symbols that leapt out to me, looking for themes that seemed only partially explored, and I used them for inspiration and jumping-off points. When I wrote the first draft, I kept those elements in my pocket, alluding to them sometimes intentionally, sometimes subconsciously, as well as sometimes intentionally subverting them. One thing I knew I wanted to address was the role of the stepmother in “Snow White.” In the earliest Grimm version, the evil queen is actually Snow White’s mother, but over the years, she’s evolved into a stepmother character. Something about this has always sat wrong with me because stepmothers so often get short shrift in fairytales. I remember as a child listening to Snow White and wondering what if they got this part wrong? What if the stepmother wasn’t really the villain? What if she’d sent Snow White out into the woods to protect her from something truly terrible – something against which she herself was powerless? This idea figures fairly prominently in The Glass Casket.

Whatever form these stories take—the gruesome, the absurd, the fantastical—I believe that there is an inherent human truth to each of them. When working with fairy tales, I found that it was important to extract the threads of truth that spoke directly to me, and to follow them into unfamiliar territory, uncertain what I might find lurking in those recesses. There is something truly enchanting about entering into a dialogue with these artifacts that, simple as they may seem, somehow manage to communicate our greatest fears and our deepest longings so viscerally across time, across disparate cultures, giving shape and form to that which otherwise is often too difficult to be voiced. Each is like a finely hewn box, intricately carved and elegantly gilded, each holding a secret about what it means to be alive. What we find when we open up these boxes and look inside is unique to each of us, but no matter the specific perceptions of the individual observer, what’s inside is always, indisputably, magic.

 

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Win a copy of The Glass Casket!

Thanks to our friends at Delacorte Press, we have a beautiful hardcover to offer to one of our lucky readers. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us what your favorite fairy tale is and why. (We’d also love to hear if you have a favorite retelling!)

Open to U.S.  residents aged 18 and up, or 13 and up with parental permission. See entry form for complete details. Good luck!

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McCormick Templeman_author photoAbout the Author

McCormick Templeman is the author of The Little Woods and The Glass Casket. lives and writes in California. Visit her online at her website or Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

87 Responses to “Retelling Fairy Tales: guest post + The Glass Casket giveaway”

  1. Natasha

    My favorite fairytale has always been Little Red Riding Hood.
    I loved Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce and Bewitching by Alex Flinn.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Kim

    I would love to read this! It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fairy-tale retelling. I devoured them when I was in middle school – Ella Enchanted, Just Ella, Donna Jo Napoli… BRB going to see if I still have those lying around!
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  3. Ric

    I’m really into fairytale retellings at the moment! I didn’t really know that I’d be interested in this so much, but of course I love the Lunar Chronicles, so I’d really like to read this since it sounds very interesting :)
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  4. Emily

    This looks fabulous–beautiful cover and title and intriguing sounding plot! Would love to read.

  5. Haley Wilkerson

    The retelling of the Norwegian folk tale, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, by Edith Pattou (titled, East) is one of my favorites. When I was little, The Polar King was one of the many movies I watched over and over again (as embarrassing as that might be for me to say!). Just a few years ago I bought the Calla Edition of a book of Nordic fairy tales illustrated by Peter Nielsen, just for that story alone. The tale has been retold a few times, but Pattou’s version I fell in love with first, so it’s closest to my heart.
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  6. Van

    OMG just reading about the author’s inspiration for writing the book makes me want to read it now! I absolutely LOVE fairy tale retellings and this will probably be another winner on my shelf :)

  7. Chelsea Bobulski

    I love the premise behind this, and the cover is gorgeous! My favorite fairy tale growing up (although how do you choose just one?) was probably Goldilocks and the Three Bears, although now that I am older I have come to appreciate the darker sides of the fairy tales.

    And like many others, Cinder by Marissa Meyer is my current favorite fairy tale retelling.

  8. Alyn

    My favorite fairy tale is Goose Girl because it’s not overdone yet and by that I mean there aren’t a crazy amount of retelling for it. I’ve read some pretty weird stories of some other fairy tales and honestly, those might as well be their own story for the only thing they have in common with the original fairy tale are the names of some of the characters. As for recommendations, I did like Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I felt it was just a longer version of the original but with more detail, almost as if the original is just a summary of the book. Another book that comes to mind is Deerskin by Robin McKinley. While I didn’t love it, it was just so different and quite disturbing that I have never quite forgotten it even though it’s been over 5 years now that I have read it.

  9. Irene

    I don’t know if Disney’s Pocahontas is really considered a fairy tale, but I really loved that one. She was the most attuned with nature out of all the other princesses, and I really admired that about her. I don’t think I’ve ever watched/read any other retellings. If not Pocahontas, then I’d definitely say The Little Mermaid because I love mermaids.

  10. Lily B

    humm I really like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. I just read my first Sleeping Beauty retelling. It is a historical fiction and not YA but it’s called While Beauty Slept it was good. Oh and Cruel Beauty the retelling of Beauty and The Beast was also awesome!
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  11. Stephanie T.

    I absolutely love fairy tales and have enjoyed the wave of fairy re-tellings popping up in YA books. However, Beauty and the Beast is probably one of my favorite fairy tales and I love re-imaginings of this story. Its a timeless story that seems to span even across different cultures such as Ice by Sarah Beth Durst.

    However, Marissa Meyer’s scifi retellings of the 4 most popular fairytales is also something exciting to read! :)

  12. Meg

    I am such a fan of fairytales and fairytale re-tellings. When I was a kid, I had an old blue book with The Little Mermaid in it where she dies at the end and turns to sea foam. I couldn’t stop reading it as a little girl, seduced by the idea that such a beautiful story could go so wrong. I totally agree that there are fears and horrors we want to express as children, teenagers and adults. And it is so much easier to do that through metaphor.

    I also really like what was said about the stepmother, and the idea that she isn’t villainous and vengeful, but full of fear to protect the child. This rings true for me.

    So excited to read The Glass Casket! Putting it on my to-read list right now.
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  13. Heather@The Flyleaf Review

    What a fantastic and telling guest post! Since I was fortunate enough to read a copy of this book, provided by a VERY generous and lovely blogging friend, it really got me thinking about fairy tales too–and all the symbolism. My dad used to tell me bed time stories (from memory–not reading–isn’t that cool? I treasure those memories now) and most were darker, more of the Grimm’s FT variety–like The Three Billy Goats Gruff (scary under the bridge trolls!) and my favorite, Rumplestiltskin. I really loved how dark The Glass Casket was–and that it was a mish-mash of different fairy tales–like Snow White and Rose Red. Those are the type FT re-tellings I want to read–not the prettied up Disney versions (not that I don’t enjoy Disney movies…) This book surprised me quite a bit– in a good way–I think I expected some crazy paranormal/ supernatural tale but instead it was a really dark but enchanting fantasy. And Templeman can WRITE. I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Great post–great book:)
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  14. Kate Bond

    My first experience with fairy tales was the original version of The Little Mermaid. I had one of those picture books without any words when I was 2 or 3. My dad and I told each other the story. I kept it well into elementary school, and would brag to my friends that the Disney movie dumbed the story down for babies (when I was like 5 I said this. How embarrassing).

    Sigh. Love a dark fairy tale.

  15. Kirsten!

    I tend to like non-European fairytales best (right now my favorite is Kaguya-hime/the tale of the bamboo cutter, because it manages to be fairytale-y and also sci-fi-y, which I appreciate). The Grimm Brothers stories all kind of sound the same to me, probably because they were all written by the same people :P (yeah, I realize the Grimms were “only” recording folklore, not inventing it, but I’m pretty sure there’s evidence that they changed the actual original stories to better suit their purposes and worldviews. I can’t find the article about this at the moment, but I remember it existing).

    As for retellings- I really like the Lunar Chronicles (I’m sure lots of people have said that). I tend to shy away from retellings unless a lot has been changed or there’s some other super interesting hook that I haven’t seen before.

  16. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    You know, I wasn’t all that keen on picking up The Glass Casket before but having read this guest post, I definitely want to read that story of the stepmother who sent Snow White into the woods to protect her instead of kill her. I love fairy tale re-tellings, particularly as each of them manage to be distinct while retaining basic similarities readers can recognize. Thanks for sharing this post, Wendy – I’ll be looking out for your review of this one but, for now, onto my TBR this goes! :)
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  17. Elizabeth

    Oh man I am so excited for this! I love fairy tale retellings – always have. It’s definitely an obsession of mine. I love the originals too though – Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid is one of my all time favourite stories, and I have a GIANT collection of Grimm’s fairy tales. I was never really a fan of Perrault, I’ve always been about the gruesome haha. So I’m really glad the author looked back to the oldest fairy tales (because generally I’ve found, the older the more awful things happen haha.)
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  18. Jess@Fairday's Blog

    The cover of The Glass Casket drew me in right away. I have always leaned more towards the Grimm version of fairy tales. Maybe because I grew up with them, but the darkness always felt like it belonged. I am most curious to read this retelling. It was excellent to find out how McCormick came up with her ideas. What an interesting process!

    My favorite fairy tale is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I do enjoy retellings, but a favorite doesn’t come to mind yet. :) Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. Best of luck to McCormick.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I think the darkness suits the stories, too–I mean, in some of the original versions, the mother/stepmother wants Snow White’s heart so that she can EAT it, you know? Things to scare children with for sure!

      I really liked 12 Dancing Princesses as well. :) I hear that Heather Dixon’s YA retelling of that story, ENTWINED, is great!

    • Wendy Darling

      Ooo, another one I keep meaning to get to! I bought that awhile back, too, and need to find time to read it.

      And would you believe you are the FIRST person to talk about that gorgeous cover? It’s so moody and beautiful! I would definitely pick it up if I saw it on a bookshelf in the store. Sets the tone of the book well, too.

  19. Rachel Spring

    My favorite fairy tale would probably have to be Rapunzel. I just despise the evil lady who stole her as a baby! I have just recently started to read fairy tale re-tellings so this sounds awesome!

    I really enjoyed the guest post by McCormick. My parents never read the older fairy tales to me as a child, and I wish they had because sometimes I feel like I miss out on the whole nostalgic aspect of fairy tales when reading the retellings. But I still enjoy them nonetheless. I also found her research interesting and I think it’s cool that she stuck to reading the older fairy tales rather than modern retellings and tried to expand on themes that hadn’t been explored at length. This book sounds really great and I hope to get my hands on a copy soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Wendy Darling

      Aww–I loved your comment, Rachel! My parents never read the fairy tales to me either, but I read them myself and have very fond memories of an old Hans Christian Andersen hardback that I wore to pieces, as well as a Grimm paperback I acquired later on.

      It sounds like this book is right up your alley, so I wish you luck with your entry!

  20. Krispy

    I heard about this book a while ago and am so intrigued by the premise. I love fairy tale retellings too, so that’s always a draw for me. One of my recent favorite retellings is Zoe Marriot’s SHADOWS ON THE MOON, which is a riff on Cinderella set in a fairy tale version of Japan. It is excellent!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I’ve heard SHADOWS OF THE MOON is excellent! I actually have a copy somewhere, I think, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I love that it’s set in Japan, we could use more YA that isn’t so U.S.-centric.

      • Krispy

        I think you’ll enjoy it! It’s well-researched and very much its own story first before it’s a Cinderella retelling – but there is just enough of the classic Cinderella elements to be recognizable as such. I think it’s one of the best non-Western setting YAs I’ve read!

    • Wendy Darling

      We do seem to be seeing more fairy tale retellings lately, don’t we? I like the trend as well, although I often have hit or miss experiences with them. I hope you like this one when you get to it!

  21. Melliane

    I really love retelling tales! But I know it’s really difficult to do something up to the stories we know. But some authors are really awesome about that and their stories are awesome. thanks for the nice post. I didn’t know this book so thanks for the discovery.
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    • Wendy Darling

      It really is amazing when authors can write a satisfying retelling–you have to satisfy those who love the original work but also make it your own.

  22. Cynthia R

    I love reading fairy tale retellings! My favorite so far would have to be Scarlet. My favorite fairy tale of all time however, is Peter Pan. I wish there was a YA retelling of it, I would be so ecstatic and would most definitely read it! I feel like you could do so much with Peter!

    • Wendy Darling

      SCARLET was so good! I only recently read it and sort of kicked myself for waiting so long.

      And this girl obviously approves of your Peter Pan love. ;)

    • Danielle D

      There are a couple YA books that use the Peter Pan story – one is the Nayeris’ Another Pan. Personally, I didn’t like it all that much – it mixed Peter Pan with Egyptian mythology (yes, really!) and was dark and kind of weird and confusing. It’s a sequel to Another Faust. The other series that brings in Peter Pan is the Here, There be Dragons series by James A. Owen. I believe it’s the second one and it’s pretty good!

      Oh, and don’t forget Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Tiger Lily and Karen Wallace’s Wendy, for the girls’ perspectives!

      If you can’t tell, I’m a bit of a Peter Pan fan myself!!

  23. Katie @ Spirit of Children's Literature

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite fairy tale! I love Rapunzel, but also Cinderella! Anything that involves a ball is bound to be a favorite. As for retellings, I just read Cinder and love that re-working of Cinderella. Also, I love Zel by Donna Jo Napoli, a re-telling of Rapunzel but from the perspective of the prince and also the witch!
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  24. Courtney

    My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. I love the emphasis on inner beauty :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Ah, yes. I’m really excited about Cat Hellsen’s Beastmaster, which I believe comes out next year? It’s supposed to turn the story on its head a bit, so that the girl is the one who is the beast.

    • Wendy Darling

      Agreed. I like a lot of the earlier Disney cartoons, mind you, but for books I like things more on the dark side.

      And I’m glad you enjoyed the guest post! I went through a couple of periods of being pretty obsessed with fairy tales, too.

  25. Anastasia

    I’ve always been a Beauty & the Beast fan, especially the more serious, adult tellings of the story :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Ohhh, do you have recommendations for adult B&B retellings you’d care to share? The only one I can think of is the A.N. Rocquelare version. For YA, I can only think of BEASTLY.

  26. Giselle

    I’ve been so curious about this one! Retellings can be such a hit or miss for me and for some reason I have not seen many reviews so far. BUT it sounds awesome and that cover is gorgeous and me wants! I love that she goes back to the basics and I also agree that all stories stem from SOME truth you know. Especially in the messages they give out.

    “What if the stepmother wasn’t really the villain?” I love the way you think! I can also tell you were meant to be a writer with awesome ideas from a very young age ;)

    Great post, ladies!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I quite liked it, Giselle–it’s not a perfect book, but she does a fantastic job of setting the mood of the story, and I liked how she handled a lot of the relationships. It keeps you guessing, too.

  27. Larissa

    Yassssss.

    Haha, i love a good fairytale retelling, so this book looks perfect for me. Alike you though, I prefer the darker Grimm versions. I just find them a lot more intriguing.

    Hopefully luck will actually be on my side for this giveaway *crosses fingers* This books seems very promising.

    My favorite fairy tale? I’m not sure. Haha, I love a lot of the Grimm’s ones. Bluebeard is always a creepy one that manages to entice me.
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    • Wendy Darling

      In some of the early versions of Snow White, I believe her stepmother originally wanted to eat her heart when it was brought to her. o_O Dark, very dark indeed.

      I like Bluebeard a lot, too. Have you read Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber? It has some sensual elements to it, but it’s an excellent version of that story. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49011.The_Bloody_Chamber_and_Other_Stories

      The more recent recent retelling, Strands of Bronze and Gold, was fine, but wasn’t quite as dark as I’d hoped.

      • Larissa

        That’s interesting, I think I might actually remembering hearing something that. Definitely disturbing and creepy. Which makes it totally up my alley, which might seem odd to others haha.

        Nope, never read The Bloody Chamber! I’ll have to check it out :)I’ve also never read Strands of Bronze and Gold, I’m sorry it was a bit disappointing for you. If it was a retelling of Bluebeard you except the creepiness and it must have been sad that it didn’t deliver that.
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  28. Vivien

    I absolutely loved Snow White growing up. After all this time, it’s still my favorite Fairy Tale. There were SO many growing up. I grew up hearing a lot of German tales and how gruesome they really were. I just read Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and LOVED IT. So that’s my latest re-telling recommendation.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, yes. This takes influence from a few different stories and versions of stories, I think–it also includes Snow White’s sister Rose Red. That’s one of the things that interested me about it, because that’s the version I remember reading when I was little.

  29. Danielle D

    I’ve always been a Little Mermaid girl, myself. First the movie, then Andersen’s heart-breaking story. I’ve been really enjoying Jackson Pearce’s fairy tale retellings (scary!!) and LOVED Entwined by Heather Dixon. Can’t wait to look more into The Glass Casket!

    • Wendy Darling

      Another Little Mermaid fan! I was just saying to Sophia below you that I love that one as well.

      And you know, I’ve had the Jackson Pearce books on my radar forever, but I never read them. After reading and very much enjoying TSARINA, though, I definitely have to give her fairy tales a chance soon! I hear a lot of great things about ENTWINED as well, thanks for the rec. :)

      • Danielle D

        I just picked up Tsarina last week! But haven’t started it yet…will soon. Yes, read Entwined though – it’s lots of fun.

        Thanks again for the contest – I’m so excited to have won! Emailing you back right now!

  30. Sophia D

    I have to say my favorite fairy tale is little mermaid….the theme of sacrifice for love is so heart rending.

    • Wendy Darling

      YES. I love the Andersen tale, it’s so heartbreaking! It always kills when when a character nobly sacrifices for another person, too. Plus it’s so beautifully written, and still one of my favorite fairy tales.

  31. Jessica Cooley

    Fairy tales with a bite? Yes please! I love most fairy tale re-tellings – bite or no. Dark is good, light is good, funny is great. It will be interesting to see which symbols and themes she uses in this book.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I tend to like darker fairy tales, I don’t think I’ve come across any lighter/humorous retellings so far that I’ve enjoyed. If you have recs, let me know!

      • Jessica Cooley

        I think the Woodcutter Sisters books by Alethea Kontis are fun. Not brilliant but fun. A fast, light read. The Lunar Chronicles started out as cool re-tellings and have morphed into much more. All worth giving a gander.
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  32. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I love dark retellings of fairy tales! I think that’s why I’m so excited for the release of Maleficient, in which Angelina Jolie is starring. I enjoyed reading about the “gruesome” retellings of Sleeping Beauty & Cinderella. I hadn’t heard of Sleeping Beauty’s before. I remember reading the one McCormick mentioned about the evil sisters cutting of their toes… Is it bad that I was laughing when that happened?

    There’s a twisted fairytale I really enjoyed by Carolyn Turgeon called The Fairest of them All . It’s about how Rapunzel grows up to be Snow White’s evil Stepmother. It’s really interesting!

    Great post. :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yesss, I am excited for MALEFICENT, too. I always loved that character, and the scene with the thorny bushes growing around the castle in that trailer really excite me. I hope it’s good.

      A lot of the stuff that happened in classic fairy tales was very strange or twisted–I sometimes think it’s funny when people get all bent out of shape about what’s appropriate to read to kids now, because many of those classics were pretty violent and sad.

      Thanks for the rec on Rapunzel too, I like the sound of that! Someone else below just mentioned another Turgeon book as well, clearly I need to give her a try sometime.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes, I think so, too! I haven’t had a chance to read CRUEL BEAUTY yet, but it sounds like it similarly blends a few inspirations into a dark tale of its own.

      Red Riding Hood is a good one. So much symbolism in that.

  33. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    Oh boy, this sounds amazing. I’ve been keeping an eye on this book for a while and I’m sad I’m not from the US right now :p I really liked reading about the part where she tells about her research. Authors always get a huge plus for that and it’s cool that she went to the basics of the stories :) You know my love for fairy tales, so I’m extremely excited.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, I’m glad you stopped by, Mel, because I was thinking of you when I was drafting this post, my fairy tale queen. I hope you get ahold of this one soon when it goes overseas! I hope you like it, it’s very different from other retellings I’ve read.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, the demonizing of the stepmother theme was pretty interesting back in the day–it’s good to see that authors are thinking about that in their retellings.

  34. Andrea @ Bookish

    I’ve got two favorites: a Disney version and an original version. Disney wise, my favorite is a toss up between The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. And while it’s based of the original, Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon is an amazing retelling of The Little Mermaid.

    Original version, I love Beauty and the Beast. Unfortunate I have yet to find any good retellings of this tale :(
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    • Wendy Darling

      Ah, the golden age of Disney cartoons! I really liked those two movies as well. I keep meaning to read the Turgeon book as well; I don’t always have the best luck with mermaid retellings (also so tricky!) but I hear really good things about that one.

  35. Natalie Crown

    This book sounds pretty damn awesome! I hadn’t heard of it till now but I’ll be keeping an eye out.

    So sad I’m not a US citizen right now :'( Ha!
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    • Wendy Darling

      It’s a pretty unusual YA book, Natalie–it’s not perfect, but I quite enjoyed the moodiness and unexpectedness of the story.

      • Natalie Crown

        I saw your review on GR actually!

        It sounds interesting. It’s nice to try something a bit different, and I guess the Lunar Chronicles have put me in a fairytale mood.

        Honestly, I’m so busy at the moment and I have such a pile of books to get through that I won’t read it any time soon. But I’ll get to it I think. Something unexpected is always good!
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