Reading Challenge the Fifth
To read stories that have taken classic fairy tales that we all know and love,
and have woven them into a new alternative tale that mirrors the original.
And here we have another mix of the old and the new, which I'm pleasantly surprised to find has become a "life theme" in my 2011 reading. More on that next time.
For now, here are the four books I'm planning to read to qualify for the challenge's "Magical" level:
You just can't go wrong with Neal Shusterman!
I haven't read Dark Fusion #1 and #3, which are based on the fairy tales Goldilocks and The Ugly Duckling respectively; and which both, as far as I can tell, bear a bit of the myth of Medusa as well! (Ooooh!) But #2 will be a reread--one I'm very excited about, since I believe I read it too quickly several years ago and would like to give it another spin.
Red Rider's Hood is inspired by rather than based on Little Red Riding Hood. In this novel, the "Little Red" figure isn't a naive girl in danger from a wolfish seducer, but a reasonably clever boy targeted by an inner city gang that he suspects turns its members into werewolves. (Shusterman is nothing if not original.)
Rumplestiltskin has always been one of my favourites. When I heard about Vivian Vande Velde's six short retellings of the same, each one solving specific problems--loopholes, really--in the original, I knew I would have to give her a try. (Veni, vidi, vinciam!)
Image Sources: a) Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman, b) Red Rider's Hood by Neal Shusterman, c) Duckling Ugly by Neal Shusterman, d) The Rumplestiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde