Friday, January 11, 2013

Fairy Tale Friday #2: Glass Hills, Lion Fairies, and Brains!

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I kinda didn’t read seven fairy tales this week like I was planning. But I’m going to keep trying. And I realized seven fairy tales is a lot to feature at once, so I’ll most likely only be spotlighting 2-4 fairy tales a week, and listing the others, which will possibly be featured later on. What do you think?

The Princess on the Glass HillCinderellis and the Glass Hill

Believe it or not, the princess kind of sits around on a Glass Hill and does nothing for the entirety of the story, so I don’t know why she’s the title character. But anyway, I really enjoyed the main character, who goes by various names, most commonly Boots and Cinderlad. There are many parallels between this story and Cinderella. Besides the name, there are two evil siblings preventing the third from participating in a large event that could win them a royal hand in marriage. Only here we have horses instead of fairies and golden apples instead of slippers.

And if you’d like to delve further into the story, Gail Carson Levine has a short retelling of it in her Princess Tales collection that I suggest you should check out for a more humorous take on it.

The Frog and the Lion Fairy

This is the more outrageous story I’ve most likely ever read. A new queen is locked up by her loving husband, and grows bored. So she escapes her prison only to be captured by a giant lioness fairy person and taken to her home in the center of the earth, and in order to avoid being eaten, she completes impossible tasks with the help of a talking frog. And that’s just the start…

One thing I really enjoyed was how our heroine doesn’t just sit around on a Glass Hill the whole time like in some other stories (see above), but is actually capable of making decisions. She chooses to leave her dull shelter and seek out her king, whom she genuinely loves. And after she’s captured, she does all she can to try to leave, while at the same time ensuring she doesn’t get eaten. Hurray for brains!

What are your thoughts on these fairy tales?

Were you familiar with them, or have you found some new ones to read?

3 comments:

  1. I love Gail Carson Levine's retellings! I have read them so many times. Glad to know you are familiar with them too.
    Pica @ Pica Reads

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  2. I think 2 to 4 fairytales a week is a good number! I have heard of the first story, but I haven't read it yet. I liked my first book from Levine, so I will check it out! The second story is bizarre and fascinating. I haven't heard of it before :D

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  3. I LOVE Gail Carson Levine. Her take on fairy tales (both the short humorous and her longer retellings) are some of my absolute favorites! I've never heard of the second story. Sounds really weird and out there. I like the fairy tales that are like that. ;) Thanks for sharing more of these!

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