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Essay: Horrific Parenting in Fairy Tales

There are virtually no good parents in the world of fairy tales. At best, there are saintly mothers who die immediately after giving birth, only to be replaced by an Evil Stepmother. I've read some brilliant analyses that point out that the Perfect Mother and the Evil Stepmother may, in fact, be one and the… Continue reading Essay: Horrific Parenting in Fairy Tales

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Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Yes, I was always going to find another version of Beauty and the Beast to gush over, eventually. Here goes. The Story The Gentle Lord makes bargains with the mortals of Arcadia. Everyone knows that those bargains always come at a terrible price. Nyx's betrothal to the Gentle Lord was an outcome of one such… Continue reading Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

I obtained this book in my pre-Christmas scramble for any fairy tale retelling that wasn't checked out at the library. Entwined had the dubious honor of being the only one of a list of twenty that was available at the time. That's probably the only reason why I ended up reading this. I used to… Continue reading Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon