After watching Once Upon a Time and in the middle of the hubbub about the release of Snow White and the Huntsman I decided that it was time I became a little more well-read in the fairy tale department. And by that I mean original fairy tales, retellings, modern fairy tales, and literary criticism.
I immediately knew that Ana would be able to provide me with a gold mine of recommendations, and so I asked her if she would compose me an introductory list, telling her to bear in mind that I was a downright newbie.
As I knew she would, Ana composed a thorough and exciting looking list (Ana really is the best!). Based on that list, I searched my library catalogue and started composing a birthday wish list. Unfortunately, not many of the books on my birthday wish list turned into actual gifts for my birthday (not that I’m complaining because I got some stellar birthday gifts – more on that Sunday). So for now I’m left with a relatively small pile of books. But all are ones I thoroughly enjoyed, or very much looking forward to. I aim to read the other books on her list by slowly buying them all (the “slowly” is no accident, it is a reminder to myself).
Having now read five of the seven books pictured, I started contemplating if I might not format them into separate themed posts. The name “Fairy Tale Friday” came to mind, but I was pretty sure I had seen it in the blogosphere before. After asking around on twitter, it appears it is a recently relaunched meme hosted by Literary Transgressions and Books 4 Learning. I plan to join the meme (bi-)weekly and share my thoughts and progress on fairy tale themed reading.
I should note that I have also been browsing Buried in Print‘s Fairy Tales Good Reads shelf, which makes for some exciting recommendations as well. And of course, I plan to add some of the classics, like Grimm’s fairy tales.
This is where you come in. Are there any fairy tale themed books that I absolutely must read? That are all-time-favourites? That I possibly cannot live without? Please let me know! Any recommendations are welcome.