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September 30th, 2010
A Fairy Tale

Thursday Thirteen

I’ve been thinking about fairy tales recently, mainly because I have Tia Nevitt’s The Sevenfold Spell sitting on my hard drive, ready for me to read. The only thing that’s holding back my reading pleasure is my current WIP. I’m determined to finish that sucker by next week. Anyhow, back to fairy tales. For my TT this week I thought I’d give you a list of some of my favorite fairy tales.

Thirteen Favorite Fairy Tales

1. Cinderella (my all-time favorite)

2. Jack and the Beanstalk

3. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

4. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

5. Beauty and the Beast

6. The Elves and the Shoemaker

7. The Gingerbread Man

8. Hansel and Gretel

9. Little Red Riding Hood

10. The Princess and the Pea

11. Sleeping Beauty

12. Three Billy Goats Gruff

13 The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt

Here’s the blurb: Have you ever wondered what happens to the other people in the fairy tale?

Things look grim for Talia and her mother. By royal proclamation, the constables and those annoying “good” fairies have taken away their livelihood by confiscating their spinning wheel. Something to do with a curse on the princess, they said.

Not every young lady has a fairy godmother rushing to her rescue.

Without the promise of an income from spinning, Talia’s prospects for marriage disappear, and she and her mother face destitution. Past caring about breaking an arbitrary and cruel law, rebellious Talia determines to build a new spinning wheel, the only one in the nation—which plays right into the evil fairy’s diabolical plan. Talia discovers that finding a happy ending requires sacrifice. But is it a sacrifice she’s willing to make?

Sounds great doesn’t it?

What are some of your favorite fairy tales? Do you like fairy tales rewritten with a modern twist? Can you recommend some of your favorite modern retellings?

16 comments to “A Fairy Tale”

  1. You certainly bring up an interesting point – what *does* happen to the other people in the fairy tale? Sounds like an intriguing angle for a story!

    Happy TT!

  2. Mulan
    ‘To save her father from death in the army, a Chinese maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroes in the process.’
    I’ve watched my fair share of fairy tales having had 4 kids. I think I enjoyed this one the most.
    Fun list. Happy T13!

  3. Nice way to work in Seven Fold Spell.

  4. I’ve always liked Cinderella best. And I like the “sweet” fairy tales, not the darker bloodier originals.

  5. It does sound good. Happy reading.

  6. I love fairy tales, though I have to admit, I much prefer the Disney versions to the classics!


    My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

  7. A good list. Mulan and The Little Mermaid rate among my top fave fairy tales. Whether I like modern retellings or not depends on the writer and premise. For example, I absolutely LOVE Ever After. The Nevitt book sounds intriguing!

  8. Good list. I like the old-school fairy tales. The Swan King is a fave.

  9. Kimberley – I often wonder what happens to the secondary characters and the “rejects”. Tia has used a great concept.

  10. Adelle – I’ll have to check out Mulan. I don’t think I’ve seen it.

    Maddy – I like our Disney versions much better. Some of the original tales are very ghoulish.

  11. Heather – I like Ever After too. :grin:

  12. Oh, man. I love fairy tales. Gonna have to check out Sevenfold Spell. You have me intrigued.

    Happy Thursday!

  13. I love “Ever After”.
    I have always love Andrew Lang’s Fairy Tale collections. The Blue Fairy Tale Book is my fav.

  14. That’s a very good what if question.

  15. What a wonderful surprise! Thank you!!!

  16. Fairy Tales are not just for children. They are wonderful. Snow White & Cinderella are 2 of my favourites.