Wednesday, October 14

"Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in my childhood than in any truth that is taught in life."

Some of my favorite things to read are rehashings of fairy tales. I think it's because you know for sure that the story is going to be good, so it's fun to experience it in a new way. Sometimes it's a disappointment, but sometimes you discover your favorite story in a new way, and you get to discover a new author too!

Although he may be (currently) the most famous, I am not a fan of Gregory Maguire. I never did read Wicked, but started out with Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Mirror, Mirror, since I like the basis for those stories better, I thought I would like those novels the best. Instead, I was so disappointed that I never did pick up Wicked, although I've heard from a lot of people that it is great.

Some wonderful authors that I have been able to discover whilst rediscovering fairy tales are: Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Gail Carson Levine. Also, one of my very favorite authors, Orson Scott Card, does a wonderful retelling of Sleeping Beauty, titled: Enchanted.

Mostly I'm writing this post to tell you what I have discovered most recently: a host of books under the title: Once Upon a Time. . . there are enough books in that collection to last me at least a couple of months! And the wonderful thing about it is, if an author can write a good fairy tale, you can be fairly certain they can write any good novel. So now I have a whole new list of wonderful authors (or at least I'll soon find out if they are wonderful) to follow!

1 comment:

K La said...

Wicked is NOT good. It may be famous but it is horrid. The musical, which is nothing like the book, is amazing. Go see that instead.