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Book Review: Beheld by Alex Flinn

I'm not sure if I'm growing into Alex Flinn with age, or if her books are developing into works that are more to my taste with time. Either way, I enjoyed this. It's my second favorite of her books, after Bewitched (but I also adored that book, so it would be hard to top). Beheld… Continue reading Book Review: Beheld by Alex Flinn

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Essays · Fairy Tales

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: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Rumpelstiltskin isn't an easy fairy tale to retell as a novel, simply because as a fairy tale, none of the characters are sympathetic ones. The miller is an idiot who lies to the king and sends his daughter to her death. The king is greedy, gullible, and doesn't appear particularly caring. The miller's daughter, though… Continue reading Book Review: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

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Book Review: The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde

Let's backtrack for a moment to the days when I had hundreds of books of fairy tale retellings. One that impressed me the most was The Rumpelstiltskin Problem. This book comprises an introduction in which the author recounts and talks about the fairy tale itself, followed by 6 retellings of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. Each… Continue reading Book Review: The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde