In which I maybe-possibly get a little fan-girlish over the beautiful fairy tale retellings of Winter Reid. But seriously – they’re wonderfully dark. The female leads are strong without being either fearless or flawless. They’re filled with uneasy magic and bittersweet beauty. And some passages you have to go back and re-read, because they’re just that gorgeous.
Okay, so I get a little excited when I find a new author whose writing just hijacks you and pulls you into their world. It never seems to happen as much as I’d like, so of course I need to tell you about it when it does.
I’m not a big reader of fairy tales – I was never very enamoured of princesses when I was small, and my preferred heroines were of the Roald Dahl Red Riding Hood style. You know:
“The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head,
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, ‘Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry wolfskin coat.'”
Never mind what she did do the three little pigs that asked for help…
Anyhow – my point is that I’m not overly familiar with traditional, non-pistol-toting heroine fairy tales, although I do have a lovely old copy of pre-Disneyfied Grimm tales that I’m looking forward to reading. I’ve therefore not read a lot of fairy tale retellings, as I may have mentioned in the video about Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell’s The Sleeper & the Spindle. But if I can find more like this, I do believe I’ll be getting into them.
And now – an over-enthusiastic video!
How about you, lovely people? Have you read any of Winter Reid’s books? Do you enjoy fairy tale retellings? What ones have you read and enjoyed? Let me know below!