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Fairy tales and contemporary fiction

An interesting article, ‘Follow the breadcrumbs: why fairytales are magic for modern fiction‘, by Lincoln Michel (author of Upright Beasts). It discusses  from a writer’s perspective the opportunities that modern reworkings of fairy tales have as an alternative to straightforward … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast: A modernist transformation by Clarice Lispector

‘Beauty and the Beast’ seems to me to be a rather important fairy tale. It’s the architext of paranormal romance, the story whose narrative form and themes lies at the heart of all those romantic encounters between human and other, … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre’s Fantastic Origins

More on Jane Eyre (it is, after all, the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth) and its complex intertextual relationships with other texts and genres (following my post below). Here, Emma Butcher traces the novel’s origins in Brontë’s (and her … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre–a YA novel?

A provocative article by the YA author Lena Coakley, claiming Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel of autonomy, education, and desire as a YA novel. This challenges ideas of the canon and of genre, of course, and does have a certain validity, … Continue reading

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Shakespearian YA

Continuing the theme of adaptation of classic plots, here are five reworkings of Shakespeare as YA fiction. A couple of them are cast in the genre of paranormal romance, but they all look worth reading.

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Re-imagining Fairy Tales

A favourite OGOM topic (well, for me anyway!) is the transformation of classic fairy tales into (mostly YA) paranormal romances and allied genres. Here, the bare motifs of the fairy tale are invigorated by giving novelistic flesh to the characters … Continue reading

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Intertextuality and YA Fairytale Adaptations

As you probably know, I am fascinated by intertextuality and the transformation of genres, particularly the way that recent YA fiction has taken classic narratives and reimagined them as contemporary paranormal romance or other YA genres. The chart here is … Continue reading

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7 YAs Based on Myths and Tales From Around the World

YA transformations of fairy tale again; this is a type of writing which fascinates me at the moment. A review here by Melissa Albert on seven such novels, metamorphosing myths and folktales from the Thousand and One Nights; Norse myth; … Continue reading

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Grimms’ Tales and Women

This is a very interesting article by Maddie Crum, ‘Unhappily Ever After: How Women Became Seen not Heard in Our Favourite Fairy Tales‘, on how the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers silence women’s voices and experience. I think it … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman on the meaning of fairy tales

Continuing the themes of fairy tales and Angela Carter, here’s an excellent interview with Neil Gaiman by Gaby Wood where they discuss his own intertextual adaptations of classic fairy tales (particularly his brilliant ‘Sleeping Beauty’/’Snow White’ mash-up, The Sleeper and the … Continue reading

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