Posts Tagged: fairytales

Stranger than Real Life

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At Lit Hub, Tobias Carroll discusses the enduring appeal of strange fairy tales, and their influence on contemporary fiction: They remind us that the larger world is inherently complex, that the lessons imparted by stories of wicked creatures and good-hearted men and women rarely apply in our world. Bodies that change in bizarre ways, shifting […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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What’s a witch? Green skin, warts, and broomsticks? A hag bent over a foul, steaming cauldron? A cold-blooded queen in a wardrobe? One thing’s for certain: witches are feared and powerful. And they’re women. Maybe being a witch isn’t so bad after all. In a new story, “Nights in the Forest,” at the YA lit mag […]

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Get Ready To Tell Your Kids About Prince Dung Beetle

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While the Brothers Grimm were collecting fairytales and folklore around Germany, another historian was doing the same thing. His name was Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, and the 500 fairytales he recorded in Bavaria were only recently uncovered. The Guardian has more on the multitude of new bedtime stories, including a translation of one called “The Turnip Princess.”

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