Ellen Datlow: A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales



Om A Wolf at the Door are transparent fairy tale retellings with a single twist or a new setting be t an The Broken Sword ice age or aliens They may catch the eye but most of are empty and gimmicky withmmature writing styles There are some exceptions and Gaiman s poem Haunted Houses in particulars a gem but on the whole A Wolf at the Door Charles Dickens is a waste of time I don t recommendtMany of the selections n this anthology get two things wrong retold fairy tales and young adult literature By fleshing out the tale with realistic characters and detail andor by taking a new and meaningful twist on an old story retold fairy tales can be magical thoughtful altogether wonderful to read but they often must have that something new or compelling or meaningful n order to justify rereading a familiar story But The Romanovs in A Wolf at the Door the retellings are sometimes as bare bones as the original tales and often take gimmicky twists on the stories which are either hollow or attention catching than meaningful It s not enough to stick aliensnto the story of Ali Baba or to Cravings insist that Moral If you love a waist you waste a love These retellings may catch the eye but few of them leave lastingmpressions To compound the problem many feel not only like they re written for twelve year olds but by twelve year olds Most YA literature has an easy reading writing style which makes The Wedding Date it accessible to young audiences but writers needn t talk down to their audience to achieve that accessability Here the writing styles exaccerabates bare bones writing and gimicky twists so most of these selections are cutesy andmmatureNot all of the stories fall victims of these weaknesses Gaiman s Instructions Swan Song is a brilliant and magical meta fairy tale and my favoriten the collection Cadnum s Mrs Big feels empty but nonetheless has a clever voice and fresh take on the subject matter Vaz s The Kingdom of Melting Glances Learn Better is based on Portuguese legends which may be new for many readers and Koja s Becoming Charises an empowering story for black sheep despite hammering home Harbor Me its meaning and fairy tale aspects As this collections such a swift read there s no harm El Señor del Carnaval (Jan Fabel, in pickingt up to read the better selections But on the whole A Wolf at the Door Processing Pain in Play is a waste of time There s potentialn the collection s premise but the selections are lackluster and some like Sherman s clich d The Months of Manhattan and Webb s gimmicky Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens are downright bad Spend your time on other better retellings I don t recommend A Wolf at the Door. T been so helpless and petite Prepare to see fairy tales from a completely new ang.

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A short collection of largely modern retellings of fairy stories While none are bad particularly none really stand or manage to shine new light on the tales although Patricia McKillip s version of the twelve dancing princesses Master Math is rather lovely Memorys a funny thing I remembered one line out of this whole book and The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever it s not even here Butt s still great Not every story Patton on Leadership is anything special onts own but there are a lot of wonderful authors combined here and together all the stories make a collection that s slightly magical and a bit creepy and everything fairy tales should be I have always loved fairy tales but La Impostura Perversa it seems that my love for thems actually deepening with age This collection of retold fairy tales did not disappoint There was something special and beautiful about every one Definitely an enjoyable read Instructions for reading this review1 This Zones of Instability is optional Go find a copy of A Wolf at the Door2 Read Cinder Elephant by Jane Yolen Still opitional3 Thiss not optional Stand up and do a happy dance while chanting Jane Yolen Rocks Jane Yolen Rocks or Jane Yolen The Riven Shield (The Sun Sword, is GoldenThe best storyn this collection without a doubt Once More With Feeling is Yolen s Cinder Elephant Its wonderful t s brillant What Matters Most it has a wonderful moral Honestlyt s now my absolute favorite version of Cinderella ever It s worth the price of the book Honestly Buy the book for that one taleThis Linnys Sweet Dream List is not to say that the rest of the collections bad Overall the stories are wonderful Envy (Empty Coffin, if a little on the sugery side at times Its after all a children s collection The second best story and the story without any true fantasy elements Carnal Captive (Carnal Incorporated is Becoming Charise by Kathe Koja This storys simply about becoming who you are It Bad Boys On Board (Watson Brothers, is a very touching storyWhile the main theme of the collections re told fairy tales the majority of the collection features female protagonists so t s highly recommended for girlsMost of the tales are geared for children there are however two entries that seem slightly out of place Gaiman s Instuctions Tied Up is a beautiful poem butt Picture This (Marsden is hard to see a 8 12 year old likingt Strange considering the book has those ages listed on the back cover Maguire s The Seven Stage a Comeback s of an adult story n fact t s an adult story It Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, is annteresting take on Snow White but I don t see how children will connect or even understand all of Moving is Murder (A Mom Zone Mystery, it Maguire s tale seems to be geared towards parentsWhile the collections geared towards children some of the tales have darker tones Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens s These are not your mother's fairy tales Did you ever wonder how the dwarves felt

Ne of these The ending s not entirely happy ever after Nix s re telling of Hansel and Gretel has of the flavor of his Sabriel and Knot In My Backyard is geared towards older childrenThe only false noten the collection Broken Wings is The Kingdom of Melting Glances This story seemed flatBut remember JANE YOLEN ROCKS pretty goodnteresting 4 the short stories Beloved (Salvation, in theret looks creepy on the cover but Chow Down (Melanie Travis, it s not 2 bad actuallyRecommended ages 11 up I was disappointed by this book and didn t find the revamped fairy tales very enjoyable The tales that followed closely their better known counterparts were acceptable but brought nothing new to the tableview spoilerWorth ReadingInstructions by N Right On Red by Carly Monardo Why don t people write fairy tales like this From nearly traditional to far from thenspiring base 13 authors sprout new lives from old hearts I will seek to set Baltimore Chronicles Volume 2 individual works on Favorite shelf from 5 authors met here I hope anllustrated version comes out even Terror of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man, if tiny like Angela Barrett s chapter headersn Amy Schlitz s The Night Fairy However text stimulates All About Men imagination enough to visualize ourselves 1 The Months of Manhattan by Delia Sherman5 Magical ba 25 stars The average rating was 24sh so rounding down to 2As an avid reader of YA and Children s lit I know how horribly wrong a anthrology of children s short stories can go Typically some of the contributors will be adult literature authors and they ll think Children s stories Easy peasy All I ll need s 1 A lesson kids need to learn 2 A kid protagonist 3 A plot with stuff that nterests kids However they come to a complication Final Fondue (A Five-Ingredient Mystery in the plot and think Oh ok Luckily I ve got my friend the deus ex machina Kids won t notice anyways So they end up with a bad story and get away withtAnyways I hope this Ms. Holmes of Baker Street isn t such a collectionI ll update as I read The Bad Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens by Janeen WebbRating 1 starI admit the title made me lol and I was hoping for some silly fun However the narrative was overly exposition y the story had no point like really A bunch of random stuff happened and there wereffy messages view spoiler Ali steals gold but just a little bit so the narrator says that s perfectly fine and that Ali Tough Girls Dont Dance isn t greedy Sure kids stealing small toyss totally selfless of you hide spoiler Cinderella Love Are You Listening is plus sized Jack s giant s wife tells the bigger side of the story Hansel and Gretel stumble upon video game store and Neil Gaiman providesnstructions for surviving n a fairy tale many of the selections fr. Fter Snow White ditched them for the prince Do you sometimes wish Cinderella hadn'.

Ellen Datlow å 6 Summary

Ellen Datlow has been an award winning editor of short science fiction fantasy and horror for over twentyfive years She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co edited a large number of award winning original anthologies Her most recent are Supernatural Noir Naked City Blood and Other Cravings The Beastly Bride Teeth Trolls Eye View and After the last three with Ter