Hello, welcome. My name is Keira. All of the usual introductory stuff. You may or may not know that I love all things to do with fairy tales and all of they fairy tale tags out there at the moment are about specific fairy tales or specific fairy tale characters, so this is a more general one! I hope you enjoy this tag. If you would like to do it, feel free, but please link back to me so I can see all of the tags you do! I tag The Orang-Utan Librarian, Cristina, Aimal and Cátia.
Once Upon A Time.
At least in western fairy-tales, once upon a time is the most common and well-known opening for a traditional fairytale. What book opening makes you feel nostalgic?
The opening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling is so recognisable to me that I even understand it in Latin (which I don’t speak). Opening the page and reading the sentence is like coming back after a long holiday.
In A Land Far, Far Away.
Another common opening which speaks of far off places. What is a book set in a country completely unlike your own?
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson takes place in a historic Brazil in the Amazon rainforest and as I live in England and have only ever lived in Europe, that is very different. (I lived in Germany and Switzerland as well.)
From Mouth to Mouth.
Our oldest fairy tales were told time and time again with no written record, told only in the spoken form. Everyone had their own version of the fairy tales. What is you favourite retelling?
My favourite retelling is actually a very loose retelling, but would have to be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, which is a retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth from Greek mythology. (I never said it had to be a fairy-tale retelling 🙂 ) By the way, if you haven’t checked out the ACOTAR series yet, or anything by Sarah J. Maas, you really should. And for those of you who don’t know, the pictures show two of the main characters in ACOMAF.
Through the Generations.
Fairy tales are told to us as children and so are passed on through the years. What is a book that someone beloved passed on to you?
My mother and her sister, owned between them a large copy of Fairy Tales retold by Bridget Hadaway which holds some of my most beloved fairy tales complete with beautiful illustrations to match. It’s quite old and the dust jacket is far too big for it now, but I still love it.
A Special Story.
Fairy tales are a big part of our culture and say a lot about who we are as people. What is your favourite fairytale and what does it say about you?
My favourite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast (not the disney version, necessarily, although I do like that one: bare in mind- Disney fairy tales are RETELLINGS, not the originals 😉 ). I suppose that means I am a helpless romantic and that I have chosen to ignore Stockholm Syndrome claims. But you know what? The message is beautiful: love comes from personality and not appearance. It is also probably a reflection on how much I identified with Belle’s love of reading and knowledge.
And They All Lived Happily Ever After.
Fairy tales tend to have happy endings. What is a book you’ll love forever?
I could say Harry Potter, but I’m going to go with Watership Down by Richard Adams. Funnily enough, I didn’t actually enjoy this book the first time I read it, but now (for about 5 years) it has become one of my all-time favourite books.
And that is all! Again, please feel free to do the tag and let me know so I can come and check it out 🙂 Happy reading, Keira x.