Beyond the Woods

Beyond the Woods

Fairy Tales Retold

Book - 2016
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"Once upon a time, the stories that came to be known as "fairy tales" were cultivated to entertain adults more than children; it was only later that they were tamed and pruned into less thorny versions intended for youngsters. But in truth, they have continued to prick the imaginations of readers at all ages. Over the years, authors have often borrowed bits and pieces from these stories, grafting them into their own writing, creating literature with both new meaning and age-old significance. In the last few decades or so, they've also intentionally retold and reinvented the tales in a variety of ways--delightful or dark, wistful or wicked, sweet or satirical--that forge new trails through the forests of fantastic fiction. This new anthology compiles some of the best modern fairy-tale retellings and reinventions from award-winning and bestselling authors, acclaimed storytellers, and exciting new talents, into an enchanting collection. Explore magical new realms by traveling with us... Beyond the Woods."--
Publisher: New York : Night Shade Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781597808385
Branch Call Number: BEYON
Characteristics: 523 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Guran, Paula - Editor
Alternative Title: Fairy tales retold


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Nov 12, 2017

It's true that many of the watered-down fairy tales and nursery rhymes we knew as kids were originally much harsher. For example, "ring around the rosy" is about the Bubonic plague and Rapunzel is based on Persinette ("Little Parsley" ... parsley thought to be an abortifacient). With that in mind, the stories in this book are not intended for kids and many are only very loosely based on fairy tales. As with any themed collection of short stories by a myriad of authors, you can expect to like some more than others.

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