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: The Poison Apples by Lily Archer

Yes...I am talking about a children's book. An odd choice, I know. I have nothing against children's books; a lot of my favorite books are children's books. But those tend to be stories that are written to be appealing to children, but also appeal to an older audience. This is not one of those. This… Continue reading Book Review: The Poison Apples by Lily Archer

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Book Review: The Wild Swans by Peg Kerr

Predictably, this book is in part based on the fairy tale the Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen (this is closely related to the tale the Six Swans as told by the Brothers Grimm). But what makes this book unique is that it does more than just tell an old tale over again with a… Continue reading Book Review: The Wild Swans by Peg Kerr