30 April 2012

Promotional: The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen by Andrea Cefalo

Occasionally I'm willing to promote a book even if I haven't read it, because I think the premise sounds incredibly interesting. This is one of those books. I haven't read it, but it sounds like something I'd really enjoy! So, here's a little something from the author. Let me know what you think!

I’ve been asked before what my favorite fairy tale is and that’s a difficult question to answer because I love so many of them. So instead of choosing my favorite, I’ve decided to write about the tale that has been a part of my life the longest. People might assume that tale is Snow White since I’ve decided to write a four book series on it. They would be wrong.
Cinderella was the story I grew up hearing, the movie I grew up watching, the doll I grew up playing with. Why, you ask? It all has to do with the multi-million dollar Disney Princess franchise. A trip to most clothing or toy stores will result in an encounter with Disney’s most famous ladies: Arielle, Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, and Jasmine. Although matching one’s daughter to a Disney princess wasn’t as popular in the eighties as it is today, my parent’s managed to be ahead of the trend. Katie, my older, raven-haired sister, became the Snow White of the family, while I, the butterscotch blond was dubbed Cinderella.
During my childhood, the only Cinderella I was familiar with was the Disney Cinderella. You know the one: two ugly stepsisters, one wicked stepmother, talking mice, and a fairy Godmother. It really is quite an innocent little story, isn’t it? It wasn’t until college that I learned how many Cinderella stories there truly are. France, Germany, Italy, China, India, and Native America all have their own versions.
That day, the story of Cinderella changed for me. It made me realize something about people everywhere. We desperately hold out hope that those who suffer, like Cinderella does at the hand of her wicked step family, will be redeemed. I like that. I think it shows the good in us.
Since then, I have read some of these versions which differ greatly from their Disney counterpart. My personal favorite, which should come to no surprise, is the German (Grimm’s Brothers) version, Aschenputtel. In my opinion, it is a darker version of the tale. The wicked stepmother is so desperate for her daughters to become princesses that she makes them cut off parts of their own feet in order to fit into Cinderella’s dainty slipper. I’ve always been a fan of the Romantic period in art and literature. I love the emotional extremes within that movement and in this telling of Cinderella, though it’s rather strange to think that this is the kind of tale that was told to children. I’m sure my parents would have thought twice about buying me Cinderella dolls had that been the only version of the tale. It makes you wonder what we would know of fairy tales today if it hadn’t been for the animators at Disney!

Links for THE FAIRYTALE KEEPER and Andrea Cefalo:

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The Fairytale Keeper on Goodreads
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