What is a work literature that reflects a fairy tale?

October 30, 2010

I want a work of lit. that parallels to fairy tales, and please explain how it creates irony or deepen appreciation

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Joan D. Vinge’s, Hugo award winning work, The Snow Queen.

The fairy tale basis of the book helps to make the author both familiar and lures them into thinking they know what will happen, which heightens the surprise when it doesn’t happen as they were predicting.

This book isn’t just another "monster’s view" retelling, we’ve had plenty of those. What it does is takes the tale and uses it as a basis for a new science fiction story.



try childs lullabys
for instance "ring around the rosie" is a popular childrens song that we are taught growing up. It is however a song about the plague that hit causing people to get rings of rashes and eventually die. Is this really what we want to be teaching our children?



Any of Gregory Maguire’s books – Wicked, Lost, Lion among Men, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister… Also, I think Gail Carlson Levine writes like that too – Ella Enchanted, Ever, Fairest, etc., though I’ve never read any of her stuff (yet). Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book parallels Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book splendidly too.

I think they all create a deeper appreciation of the original tale, simply by shifting the perspective, whether to another character’s point of view or a change in setting or altering circumstances…

If you want to do more research on the elements of fairy tales, you should read "Wizards, Wardrobes, and Wookies" by Connie Neal… compares the fairy tale and hero-tale elements of the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. Also, "Essay on Fairie Stories" in the book "Tree and Leaf" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Both EXCELLENT reads.


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