Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Available now: Beyond the Glass Slipper

I've not read this one but a press release made its way to my inbox and I thought I'd share since everyone loves a good fairy tale, and I would love to hear from anyone that has read them. Happy Reading!

Some fairy tales everyone knows—these aren't those tales. These are tales of kings who get deposed and pigs who get married. These are ten tales, much neglected. Editor of Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, Kate Wolford, introduces and annotates each tale in a manner that won't leave novices of fairy tale studies lost in the woods to grandmother's house, yet with a depth of research and a delight in posing intriguing puzzles that will cause folklorists and savvy readers to find this collection a delicious new delicacy.

Beyond the Glass Slipper is about more than just reading fairy tales—it's about connecting to them. It's about thinking of the fairy tale as a precursor to Saturday Night Live as much as it is to any princess-movie franchise: the tales within these pages abound with outrageous spectacle and absurdist vignettes, ripe with humor that pokes fun at ourselves and our society.

Never stuffy or pedantic, Kate Wolford proves she's the college professor you always wish you had: smart, nurturing, and plugged into pop culture. Wolford invites us into a discussion of how these tales fit into our modern cinematic lives and connect the larger body of fairy tales, then asks—no, insists—that we create our own theories and connections. A thinking man's first step into an ocean of little known folklore.


Mina Lobo said...

Hmmm, what an intriguing premise! I'm all curiosity-piqued now, and whatnot. :-)
Some Dark Romantic

Kate said...

Thanks for the post! I truly hope readers and WRITERS of fairy tales will enjoy!