March 13th, 2011
Fairy tales are not just for children. In fact, in their earliest incarnations, fairy tales were often violent and graphic, and were far from the sparkling, sanitized versions popularized in cartoons and picture books today. This collection of contemporary tales inspired by the motifs and themes of traditional fairy tales seeks to revitalize a literary genre that has often been relegated to the nursery. It mostly succeeds in doing so. Some of the tales are written in narrative styles so postmodern as to lose some of the visceral impact of their mythic content, but others speak to the shivery origins of the fairy tale effectively. Stand-outs in the collection include “The Color Master” by Aimee Bender; “Orange” by Neil Gaiman; and “Catskin” by Kelly Link.
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Entry Filed under: Short Stories