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10 Books That Will Change How You Think About Fairy Tales

And more on fairy tales. Some of the books on this list will be familiar (including The Bloody Chamber); some less so. There are books on the fairy tale, and reworkings of fairy tale themes and new fairy tales–for young readers, I think. A handy list, anyway.

Fairy Tales

Angela Carter

Angela Carter’s stylish, erotic, often witty transformations of classic fairy tales are a central point of interest for those who study contemporary Gothic, and paranormal romance in particular (where motifs and plots from fairy tale are often metamorphosed in ways that Carter pioneered). 135 more words


In1697, Charles Perrault published his famous collection of tales entitled Histoires ou Contes du temps passe, which consisted of new versions of “sleeping Beauty,” “Little Red Ridin Hood,” “Cinderella,” “TomThumb,” “Riquet with the Tuft,” “Puss in Boots,” and “The Fairies.”

By 1696, Perrault had embarked on a more ambitious projrct of transformeing several popular folk tales with alldemonstrate a modern approach to literature. their superstitious beliefs and magic into moralistic tales with an ironic rational style that would appeal to children and adults and

Along with the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, Perrault’s narratives have become the incarnation of canonical literature. That is, they are regarded as the definitive classical fairy tales for children and adults. 32 more words

In recent times, Perrault’s tales have been exhaustively examined from different critical perspectives―philological, psychological, feminist, Marxist, historical, anthropological, and so on. Although they have often been “reduced” to children’s tales, the scholarly interpretations reveal just how subtle and complex they are and how much they still resonate in “adult” minds.

Keeping The Company of Wolves

Lookie what has come to a local (for me) bookseller!  Daedalus always has great prices on books – I mean, you can get every gift you need for an entire year at this place, but I am pretty excited about this bad boy.  358 more words