Thanks, everyone who entered my book giveaway for Waking Beauty.
I received a lot of good answers to the question:
“What fairy tale needs to be fixed and why?”
So which fairy tales received the most votes?
Snow White was high on the list. Beauty and the Beast was popular. That’s one of my favorites, too. I’ll be interested to see what Disney makes of it in their live action version. Downton Abbey meets Harry Potter. Yes, Beauty and the Beast is a great universal story to retell, so much so that one famous fantasy writer, Robin McKinley, retold it twice herself!
Beauty, her first book, came out in 1978.
Rose Daughter came out in 1997.
Both retell the story of Beauty and the Beast, but you can really feel the difference 2 decades of writing and life experience made. Rose Daughter is the more psychological and symbolic. And the twist ending…! But I have to say Beauty, more simple though it is, is my favorite of the two.
Isn’t it neat how the same story can take on a different meaning for us as we enter a new stage in life? I feel that way about The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. It is a Newbery Honor Book from the 1970s, based on the Ballad of Tam Lin. I have reread Chapter 12 on Halloween every year since the 7th grade. The climax of the story takes place on All Hallows Eve. Every year I find some new layer in this book.
The best books are those that grow with you. You connect with them on so personal a level that in each retelling, you are retelling the story of your own life.
I also appreciate people who suggested less common fairy tales to me. Snow White and Rose Red! And I don’t know if I have the stuff to write a steampunk Pinocchio, but I’d be so into reading it!
And the randomly selected winner of the giveaway of a paperback copy of Waking Beauty is…
Congrats, Charlie! I will be emailing you shortly to arrange shipment.
If you didn’t win (and even if you did), look for news about a HUGE ebook giveaway contest from Enclave tomorrow! Cheers.