Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Castles, princesses and monsters

1916 Milo Winter "The Wild Swans" for 'Andersen's Fairy Tales', Windemere EditionFor anyone who doesn't already follow Dystel & Goderich Literary Management's blog, I suggest that you start following it. The agents take turns writing the posts so it's updated daily and, I think, it's very entertaining. I'm particularly drawn to Rachel Stout. I don't know why, but I think her recent post Once upon a time in a land far, far away . . . proves that we're kindred spirits. I love stories, but myths, legends and fairy tales are my favorite! They're meant to be over the top; that's part of the charm.

Fairy tales seem to be habit-forming for me. Rachel Stout mentioned them and I immediately dove into a Fairy Tale Theatre binge. Fairy Tale Theatre watching made me want to see the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast again. Not sure what's next after this. I definitely want to read My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers. They've been on my "to read" list for a while now. It's just hard to get to them. So many fun books are coming out so fast! Also, I'm trying to take time to savor the one I'm on.

For more twisted fairy tales and other fairy tale fun, check-out this discussion on LibraryThing. (There's a handy list of "touchstone works" on the right, aka reading list inspiration.)

~And we lived happily ever after~