Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Fairy Tales Are Not Always Just for Children. These Books Prove That

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Fairy Tales Are Not Always Just for Children. These Books Prove That

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Do you have a favorite fairy tale? One you remember from childhood? These traditional stories are not always as innocent and happy as you remember, and they are not just for children. Young Adult books expertly take on the task of retelling and reimaging fairy tales.

Perhaps the best-known is Cinderella. But have you ever imagined Cinderella in the future? In "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer, the reader is taken to New Beijing in the not-too-distant future. Here we meet Cinder, a young woman whose leg, arm and some other body parts have been replaced by robotic pieces after a horrific accident in her childhood. She is a cyborg and is technically the property of her "stepmother." This novel loosely follows the Cinderella narrative with stepsisters, a prince, and a ball. But there are also complications, like a plague and an evil Lunar queen. The sequel, "Scarlet," is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood and the third book, "Cress," will be a retelling of Rapunzel.

For something more historical, try "A Curse Dark As Gold" by Elizabeth C. Bunce, a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin set during the industrial revolution. Charlotte Miller's father, the owner of the Stirwaters Mill, has died, leaving no heir and a mill in shambles. Charlotte refuses to let the mill be sold or the town to die out. Though the book starts off slowly and reads like historical fiction, soon odd happenings around the mill begin to feel less like coincidence and more like the curse to which the villagers always refer. …

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