Monday, June 18, 2012

A Midsummer's Night Giveaway: The Basic Fantasy Retelling

Today's post uses The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale as a jumping point.
Read my review of this book: The Goose Girl Review

The Goose Girl is a prime example of what I like to call the basic fantasy retelling of a fairytale. The style of writing is very comforting, very before-bed, very Disney-esque. The world-building lives to serve the fairytale and expand on an already interesting tale. These books are some of my all time favourites. For me Ella Enchanted is a great example of the same feeling.

Usually Middle-Grade novels are where you most find this kind of style of writing, but when focusing on fairytales, legends, mythology or fantasy, it fits perfectly. This book was in fact my reintroduction to fairytale adaptations after growing up on Disney and Gail Carson Levine.

As for the fairytale in question. "The Goose Girl" is one by Brothers Grimm, but it stands out as being quite long in a collection of very short stories. It is also very detailed, including names of characters who are only minor. Shannon Hale's version is a very true retelling, with pretty much everything included in the original tale, included in her version.

In Other News, Alexandra @ Raiding Bookshelves has hopped onto the giveaway, go ahead and check out her post focusing on the "Twelve Dancing Princesses": The Twelve Dancing Princesses

As for Rose @ The Cosy Dragon, if you haven't visited her opening post yet here it is: Midsummer's Night Giveaway (Fairytale Adaptations)

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