[DWJ] Fairytale retellings

rohina at shaw.ca rohina at shaw.ca
Thu Aug 24 16:22:17 EDT 2006

I've read other things by Marillier, but not that one. I love the 12 
Dancing Princesses, though, so I will have to get it. Doh! This is 
because it is not released in North America yet (amazon.ca says 
December, amazon.com says Jan 07).

I have this kind of weird thing with Marillier because there was this 
girl who used to be in love with my husband, and then she ran off with 
Juliet's husband.


Aimee Smith wrote:

> Yay! I love fairytales and retellings!
> My three favourite fairytales have always been Beauty and the Beast,  
> The Wild Swans, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. In no particular  
> order.
> My Mum's old book of Andersen's fairy tales has eleven brothers, a  
> sleeveless nettle shirt, and the king being deceived by jealous  
> people in the palace.
> I prefer the Beast as a Beast but am glad he turns into a prince,  
> because otherwise the marriage issue just gets problematical in my head.
> Did anyone else read Juliet Mariller's Twelve Dancing Princesses  
> retelling 'Wildwood Dancing'? I read it recently, loved it (though,  
> truth, it might have been better in some ways), reminded me strongly  
> of McKinley and it's the only Marillier's I've read. Would like to  
> discuss.
> I've got a (one of a few) retellings on the boil at the moment,  
> rolling all the fairytales with swans and dancing into it. It's  
> beautiful! And I totally relate to the comment about how they're all  
> "incestuous", as they all work so very well together! My main problem  
> at the moment with it is that the history and backstory are better  
> than the main story, because I keep finding stories to graft onto it  
> and I love finding all the connections between them all ("Hey! That  
> could go there! And... that's just like that! And... oh cool, it just  
> *fits*! This is much more fun than actually *writing* it..."). Bah.
> Anyway.
> Happy...
> Aimee.
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