Alison from The Cheap Reader has created a fun project for fans of Fairy Tales, appropriately called Project: Fairy Tale. Basically, a blogger can choose a fairytale (only one fairytale per blogger), and read the original story. Then the blogger will read at least three retellings of that fairytale. All of the posts will be up in either February or March 2013. So much fun, right? Click here for more details.
I love fairytales, and I especially love fairytale retellings. Fairytales are wonderful but there is usually very little character development in fairytales. Mostly because these folktales (fairytales are a type of folktale) were passed down orally over the years, and individual storytellers probably added details during the story telling. But fairytale retellings let the author really develop the characters, and expand on the original story.
I chose the Norwegian folk tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I was able to find three retelling of this folktale. I have already read one, but the other two I’ve never read before.
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
I read this one about two years ago, and it is one of my favorite books. I can’t wait to re-read this one.
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
East by Edith Pattou
I have been meaning to read this one forever, but never have.
So far my plan is to talk about the original fairy tale, and then review each of the above titles separately. I might do an end of Project: Fairy Tale post as well. I am also considering do a post on folktales, too, but I haven’t decided on that one yet.
If you have any other suggestions for me, leave me a comment. Also, if you are interested in participating in this totally awesome event, I think there are still some fairytales unclaimed.