Monday, 30 November 2009

Once Upon A Time...

In honour of weird and wonderful re-worked fairy tales I'd like to make a quick mention to the two authors that I consider the Queen and King of the genre.

The fantastic feminist author Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber is a wonderful collection of subversive versions of Folk and Fairy Tales including Beauty and The Beast, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood; all with a slightly sinister twist.

And the King of the genre is by far Gregory Maguire; who has reworked various stories into comic tales for adults. His best known novel is Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which has been developed into a musical by the same name showing in the in London's West End.
His other work include Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, showing the sinister side of Cinderella, Lost which is written in 'the spirit of A. S. Byatt's Possession, with dark echoing overtones of A Christmas Carol', and Mirror Mirror giving the reader the true tale of Snow White.


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