Tagged with feminist fairy tales

Marina Warner on Angela Carter

Marina Warner on Angela Carter

If you are a fan of Angela Carter, or simply a lover of fairy tales, then you should go right now and read this beautiful essay on Angela Carter, written by Marina Warner for The Paris Review. Warner gets right to the heart of what is so magical about Angela Carter’s writing. In the following … Continue reading

Little Cinder by Jeannine Hall Gailey

Little Cinder by Jeannine Hall Gailey Girl, they can’t understand you. You rise from the ash–heap in a blaze and only then do they recognize you as their one true love. While you pray beneath your mother’s tree you carve a phoenix into your palm with a hazel twig and coal; every night she devours … Continue reading

Snow White & the Huntsman: Movie Review

Snow White & the Huntsman: Movie Review

*Mild Spoilers, as the skeleton of the story remains true to the original* As soon as I saw the trailer for Snow White & the Huntsman, months ago, I was looking forward to seeing it. No, not because of Kristen Stewart, rather in spite of her ‘charms’. As you may or may not have noticed, … Continue reading

On Oral Tradition…

“For most of human history, ‘literature,’ both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written — heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world.” – Angela … Continue reading

Femmes Sauvage by Johnny Clewell

Femmes Sauvage by Johnny Clewell When I grow old, grandmother, I’ll be the one to live alone in the woods with my herbs and roots and volumes of Rilke, baskets of yarn and gardening tools, old love letters tied into bundles, old red hood in a bottom drawer. When I grow old, I’ll be the … Continue reading

On Darkness…

“In older myths, the dark road leads downward into the Underworld, where Persephone is carried off by Hades, much against her will, while Ishtar descends of her own accord to beat at the gates of Hell. This road of darkness lies to the West, according to Native American myth, and each of us must travel … Continue reading

Bone Mother by Holly Black

Bone Mother by Holly Black The daughter is too bold to be anything but a cuckoo in the nest. Good girls sit home and sew in the dark. They don’t go seeking fire in the witch’s woods. A rider, his horse black as cooked blood leads her to the house. There, she learns to part … Continue reading

Black Thorn, White Rose

Black Thorn, White Rose

  This intriguing collection of fairy tales retold by contemporary authors is the second in a series of six published by World Fantasy Award-winners Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Although the stories in the book express a wide range of literary styles, they are all adaptations of traditional tales written with an adult audience in … Continue reading