Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It’s looking Grimm out there

I was watching Tangled last Friday and realized that as the giant wheel of trends turns seems we have come back to Fairy Tales. Yay! While I've never been a big fan of faeries (spiteful, vain creatures), I love fairy tales. While I especially like the trauma-inducing dark and twisted originals, I'm also mushy enough to appreciate the Disney spins. Here are some recently published titles that feature some of the lesser known tales:

Cloaked by Alex Flinn. 2011.
In the vein of "Beastly" comes Flinn's next fairy tale retelling--an edgy, fast-paced romantic adventure with elements of The Shoemaker and the Elves, The Frog Prince, and more! Seventeen-year-old Johnny is approached at his family's struggling shoe repair shop in a Miami, Florida, hotel by Alorian Princess Victoriana, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog.

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. 2010.
In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches. Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. 2010.
New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

There are also two TV shows scheduled for the fall. NBC has scheduled Grimm (from Buffy writers; filmed in Portland), which is described as “a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist.” Meanwhile, ABC will offer Once Upon a Time, “a modern-day take on fairy tales, with a female protagonist who comes from a unique background, the series will be set in a small town in Maine and will feature an ensemble cast.”

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