What is very disappointing is that this is just the Cinderella story. If this were a song being sung on American Idol, Simon would say this is very karaoke and unimaginative. This isn't a fairy-tale-retold. It's just just told Can this even be a story? I'm mean, it's so close keeping to the original it almost feels like plagiarism. Nov 27, Duchess rated it did not like it Shelves: shudder.
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This is re-telling of sorts, of the tale of Aladdin and his quest to marry the princess he is in love with — but of course, all sorts go wrong, and there are plenty of other wizards, djinns, witches and magicked cats thrown into the mix to make the plot all the more complex. Wildwood Dancing — Juliet Marillier I loved this story as a child — twelve princess sisters go dancing every night , all night, so that every morning their slippers would be worn out, much to the consternation of their father who never figures out why — until he sets a task that any man who manages to find out will be rewarded with marriage to one of the daughters plus the kingdom.
Juliet Marillier is another of my absolute favourite authors, one who captures a period beautifully and puts in a lot of research into her books so that the detail is just amazing. Wildwood Dancing is set in 16th Century Transylvania, and is based on just five sisters who go dancing every night — but it is here that it gets more eerie. I remember reading this story as a young child and an African version of it as well! And I think she succeeds well in this novel, creating a character who is truly admirable and shows the real meaning of being a princess, and of the strength it takes to rebuild yourself have faith in yourself.
A very moving book, although heart-breaking in places too.
Ella Enchanted — Gail Carson Levine This is probably the most recent fairy tale re-telling that I read, and I really liked the quirky, funny tone of it, which tells the story of a girl whose fairy-tale gift at birth forces her to be obedient, amongst a land of ogres, fairies and gnomes. These are a collection of short poems which tell classic fairy tales in a completely opposite way Cinderella runs away with a nice man who makes jam, for example , in true Roald Dahl style, with brilliant Quentin Blake illustrations.
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers. Classic stuff. Sleeping Beauty has always been a story which intrigued me as a child, partly because of the scary evil fairy and also partly because of the whole intrigue of a fairy hidden away to save her life. Tender Morsels — Margo Lanagan I absolutely love this story , and it was a very close contender for the number one spot, simply because of how much I liked this story about the two sisters, Snow White and Rose Red.
This was a really strong feminist story, in my view, which teaches about women being independent and strong despite difficult circumstances, and also the idea of love and family prevailing over all. There is plenty of subtle magic, romance and eeriness in this novel, and also plenty of flaws in each character — which is made all the more readable by the amazing research and detail put in by Marillier about this period. While this follows the lines of a traditional fairy tale, it is so much more than this — there is a lot of emphasis on the cruelty of humans and well as their love, and the fact that Sorcha is a young girl who is at a turning point of her life which changes her life.
I think I related to this as a teen because her character is a ruly, grubby tomboy at first, something which girls can imagine rather than being royal princesses — and it is this which made her more realistic.
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Disney films — the origins of every Star Plus drama. No hanky panky there! Not to mention the three god-fairies who are meant to be looking after the Princess but end up telling her to dress, eat and clean the house — replace this with interfering aunts or mother-in-laws, and you have a Bollywood family drama. Not to mention, only in a serial drama would the happy ending be a wedding with a blinged out ballgown i. Beauty and the Beast Let me start off, first, with the fact that in Beauty and the Beast , reading is seen as bad. Forget the fact that my parents used to hate my sisters and I reading books a separate post in itself!
That is, until she takes the glasses off and transforms into a immaculately made-up supermodel with perfect hair. Props to Beauty and the Beast, though, for giving Belle a whole library to accept her inner nerd. Jungle Book Mowgli. Not to mention the fact that most of us had the same bowl-haircut as Mowgli when we were kids. Not to mention trying to kill her with food — jealous much?
Oh, and those heigh-ho-singing dwarves? Just promoting the ethics of hard work, just like a good A-grade Asian Not to mention how those dwarves are just symbolism for hairy, Asian men, i.
Mulan Okay, a different type of Asian, but still emphasises boys are more important than girls. What do they know, hey? I should really do one like this about Bollywood films too! One aspect of supernatural and fairy tales which take many forms is witchcraft, and of course, the witches who practise it. And of them all, the Grand Witch is majestically and wonderfully captured by that good old magician Quentin Blake is the scariest witch, being a creepy, mad-eyed woman whose beautiful mask hides an ugly heart and a plot to turn all the smelly children into miceys.
Sort of like a medieval, Scottish version of the three Greek Fates, but without the single eyeball between them. Lewis Literally a cool one, she a white witch by colour only, but her intent is all black.
Keeping the land of Narnia in permanent Winter, turning her rivals and opposers into stone, sacrificing Aslan the lion and feeding Turkish Delight to Edward, the crime list goes on I never forgave her for the Turkish Delight, I absolutely hate that stuff. While her arrogance is her undoing, her reign in Narnia is one which becomes legend in both the book itself and in Narnia. Hocus Pocus sister witches — Hocus Pocus We loved watching Hocus Pocus still do , if only because the witches are amazingly dopey, each sillier than the last. I dunno.
Sabrina — Sabrina the teenaged witch Who said all witches had to be bad? Sabrina was the witch who was just like us…and also a secret witch.
go to site Sure, there were nosey Aunts, philandering black cat familiars and the annoying love rival at school, but Sabrina managed it all in time to come home for tea and do her homework in time. Mildred, The Worst Witch — Jill Murphy I remember reading this series when I was younger, about a scatty, unorganised witch with the worst luck ever, making her a terrible witch. But it was always great fun, there was something slightly Enid Blyton-ish about reading about her school adventures, her little cat Tabby and of course her teachers, such as Miss Cackle obvious name, no?
Hermoine — Harry Potter series, J. Rowling Who can forget this witch? Samantha, Bewitched — Bewitched tv series Witches have marriages, in-law issues and parent problems too. And no one does a nose-squiggle like Samantha. I like the protrayal of witches in the Golden Compass trilogy because of how non-conventional the witches are, they are seen as full of fire and vivacity, with Serafina Pekkala at the forefront as the witch queen. I thought Eva Green played this role quite well in the movie, especially because her style lends itself a lot to the fanstasy aspects of the novel.
And not just because of her stripy tights I used to have a similar pair in high school. Those were not my best fashion moments. One of my friends once said that I look a bit like green witch in the Orange adverts. Struggling to put food in their mouths, they arrive at the cautious, reserved Dutch town and are given shelter by an artist they call Master, who introduces them, particularly the sharp-eyed Iris, to the world of Art, beauty and seeing colour. It is not long though, before they come into connection with the beautiful, ethereal, and rich Clara, a lonely and sheltered girl.
There are twin themes which are always spiralling through the novel, when there is attention on one facet; it is inevitable that the opposite is highlighted too.