Saturday, 2 July 2011

Guest post: Graphic novel fairy tale retellings by Blodeuedd

Today I have the pleasure of ceding the blog to Blodeuedd, who has already showed to you that she is open to unusual fairy tale retellings and curious to expand her horizons when she reviewed Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten, the picture book as told from the wolf's perspective. Today she is here to tell us about another, completely different fairy tale retelling genre: graphic novels! I am continuously amazed how popular fairy tales are even to this day with everyone, and it seems it is not even limited to female authors! So let us broaden your horizons and let Blodeuedd introduce you to this author and fairy tale series.  

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in ExileThis is my little post about Fables by Bill Willingham. I am by no means an expert, I have only read the prequel so to say, fable 8 and 9 and a book about one of the characters. But what I read I liked.

Now I have to go back a step, Fables are a graphic novel series by Bill Willingham and this is their story.

In a land far away, we are talking another dimension here; there were lands of Fables and Fairy tales. All those we knew and loved lived there until the day The Adversary showed up and killed, raped and enslaved all he could find. The characters call themselves fables and one by one they escaped and ended up in New York. There they founded Fabletown and the Farm upstate where they hid those that could not pass as humans.
What is good about the characters is that they feel new. For example Snow White divorced her Prince because he was cheating on her, and she later married the Big Bad Wolf. Cinderella is an undercover kick-ass agent. Prince Charming oh he married all the girls, Cinderella, Snow and Sleeping Beauty. He is a real playboy. The Pied Piper caused the Spanish Flu to be more severe and made the Fables have it more difficult to get children. Those are some of the people in this series.
Everyone is there! From Mary and her lamb, the boy who cried wolf and Winnie the Poh. From every country and every fairytale. Some are good and some are bad. Some still live in the Fabled Lands while the rest fight the good war to bring down the Adversary. And none of us mundane know they are among us.

Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden SoldiersLike I said, in the end I can’t say a lot about these since I have not read them all. But the graphic novels I did read were great. The stories and the drawings are excellent and it is so fun to see your favorite fairy tale characters in a totally new light.

I would say start with 1001 Nights of Snowfall, that is the prequel and we get so see many characters flee from the bad guys. Then you can read the Fables 1 and also the novel Peter and Max. I highly recommended this series.

Blodeuedd often has her head in the clouds and dreams about castles, princes and magic swords. At the moment she is studying to become a librarian so that she can bury her nose in books all day long. She lives in a tiny house and likes to find swamps in the woods, but once she did walk over a frog by mistake and she hopes it was not a prince in disguise. Her favorite fairy tale is not the original fairytales but more mythology tales of heartache and war. But she does have a soft spot for East of the Sun, West of the Moon about an enchanted Bear and the girl he finds. She would not mind if her own prince Charming inherited a little kingdom and one big ass castle for her to live in. Perhaps when the world ends she will nudge him to conquer an island and build her one from scratch.

You can catch a glimpse of her at her blog Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell or on Twitter.

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