All posts filed under: Fairy Tales

Review: Drown by Esther Dalseno

This beautifully-written twisted retelling of The Little Mermaid was absolutely glorious, probably my favourite fairy tale retelling (unless we’re still calling the Throne of Glass series a Cinderella retelling) and the first modern mermaid book I have actually read all the way through. If you’re a mermaid wannabe like myself and having trouble picking up quality fin-fiction (ha!), you need to give this one a try.

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

This was everything I wanted, and expected from Sarah J Maas, and even more. Despite some tropey flaws that kinda made me cringe just a tad, I was enthralled by A Court of Thorns and Roses. Obviously, as a massive Maas fan, I couldn’t help but compare it to her awesome Throne of Glass series. Verdict: completely different, but in some ways, better. In this magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Feyre is a nineteen-year-old girl living in squalor, hunting what she can to take care of her family. True to the traditional fairy tale format, Feyre’s two sisters are presented as slightly useless and even quite superficial, while Feyre is the truly good girl who does all the work and owns essentially 90% of the family’s brains. But she loves her pointless family, and over the course of the book they prove to have their merits after all. One day Feyre kills a wolf, not just because its hide has the potential to fetch a pretty penny at the market, but because some …

Most Memorable and/or Fucked Up Fairy Tales: The Twelve Brothers

In the year I’ve been running the Tess Talks Fairy Tales series on this blog, I realize I haven’t really talked about Grimm’s all that much, which is an oversight that must be corrected immediately. Luckily, my Christmas present to myself was Jack Zipes’ new translation of Grimm’s, featuring previously unpublished material. I had inadvertently stumbled upon a cornucopia of WTFery. I am likely to cover a lot of these stories in the months to come, but for now I’m going to tell you the story of The Twelve Brothers…

Most Memorable and/or Fucked-Up Fairy Tales: Great Claus and Little Claus

We all take fairy tales with a pinch of salt — but some just make the mind boggle so hard you just have to blog about ’em. The tale of Great Claus and Little Claus is quite mild, as fucked-up fairy tales go, but still memorable and highly enjoyable. I’m currently reading through the ultimate and phenomenal Hans Christian Anderson collection (note: not actual book title), and it’s definitely my favourite so far. Are you sitting comfortably?

Most Memorable and/or Fucked-Up Fairy Tales: The Tale of the Silver Saucer and the Transparent Apple

We all take fairy tales with a pinch of salt — but some just make the mind boggle so hard you just have to blog about ’em. The Tale of the Silver Saucer and the Transparent Apple is a Russian tale and was one of my favourite stories growing up. Naturally it was one of the most nonsensical and messed up fairy tales I have ever read. ‘Tis the story of a young merchant’s daughter called Maroosia, but her family called her ‘Little Stupid’ because self-esteem is something that needs to be pummelled out of kids at an early age. One day the merchant goes off to market, but before he leaves he asks his daughters what presents they want him to bring back. The eldest daughter wants a necklace, the second eldest wants a new dress and Little Stupid wants a silver saucer and a transparent apple. The merchant chuckles, probably wondering why he didn’t just put the name ‘Little Stupid’ on her birth certificate so future suitors could be forewarned, and heads off to …