robin mckinley fairy tales
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
Fri Jan 7 17:47:44 EST 2005
> If you liked Beauty, you should definitely read Spindle's End and Rose
> Daughter, which are respectively retellings of Sleeping Beauty and
> Beauty and The Beast. I liked them better than Beauty, probably partly
> because they seemed intended for an older audience.
Um. I've not read "Spindle's End" (yet), but I would enter a caveat over
"Rose Daughter". I personally like this book, and I like it as well as I
like "Beauty", RMcK's earlier Beauty and the Beast tale. In fact, I own a
copy of "Rose Daughter" because Hallie (who will no doubt soon pop up to
give her opinion, so I won't pre-empt her too much) gave me hers because she
didn't like it.
I don't think I would precisely describe "Rose Daughter" as being 'a more
adult book' (a description I've seen of it, not one I'm ascribing to you!)
than "Beauty". I would describe it as a more complex and less comfortable
book. "Beauty" is a lovely sunshine-yellow/rose-pink comfort read, in my
view. "Rose Daughter" is a midnight-blue/black-red, somewhat spiky book.
It requires a degree of brain-power from the reader - which is not a bad
thing, but is not always what a reader may want...I would never choose "Rose
Daughter" as a book to read when I have the flu, though "Beauty" suits me
very well under those circumstances. I do think the mood of the reader has
a lot to do with which of the two books will suit him or her best at the
time of reading.
And while we're on RMcK's fairy-tale retellings, let's not forget
"Deerskin". Not as spiky a book as "Rose Daughter" (*I* know what I mean
here, even if no-one else does!), but in no way a comfortable read. Dark
green and broken glass, in my private lexicon. :-) (I think I'm in the mood
to re-read it, in fact...)
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