Tag: Fairytales

Why do we love retellings?

Why do we love retellings?

I’m a sucker for a good retelling, and judging by the number that have been released in recent years, so are a lot of people. But what is it that we love so much about seeing the same stories retold over and over again? We all know the stories of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and King Arthur, so why do we want to keep reading about them over and over? Well, as an avid lover of retellings, I have a few ideas on that matter: We like familiarity. Whilst we might say we don’t want to keep reading… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Promise of Fire’ and ‘Wintersong’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Promise of Fire’ and ‘Wintersong’

Today I’m reviewing two YA fantasy books, and I have to say, I absolutely adore both of these book covers! So pretty! Unfortunately I didn’t like one of these books quite as much as I liked the cover. So read on for my full reviews! A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet “I conquered a kingdom and found a treasure.” His voice turns gravelly, low. “I won’t let you go. Not now. Not ever.” In the far North, where magic is plentiful, a ruthless Queen rules with an iron fist. Meanwhile in the magic-starved South a rebellion is rising against the Queen’s tyranny,… Read more »

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My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings

My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings

I’ve always been a huge fan of fairytales: there’s something about the combination of magic and nostalgia that surrounds them that I just adore! I even did a module about them when I did English Literature at university, and it was pretty fascinating to find out so much about the origins and evolution of some of the most popular tales, and to learn about some of the lesser known stories, or ones from other cultures. Seen as I’m also an avid reader (and a fan of fantasy, which is probably the nearest genre of books to fairytales, what with the… Read more »

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6 Fairytales Disney Cleaned Up

6 Fairytales Disney Cleaned Up

Disney’s classic fairytale retellings, many of which are now synonymous with the stories themselves (who doesn’t imagine Snow White in a yellow and blue dress after all?), are always bright, cutesy and charming, and so they should be. After all, these are films aimed at kids, however enjoyable they may be for adults as well. However, it’s fair to say that some of the stories weren’t always so sweet, with many having very dark beginnings stemming back from when fairytales were the only form of entertainment people had, and so were aimed a more adult (and considerably tougher) audience. Hence the… Read more »

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