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hafwen asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Magic realism, modern fairy tales...?

One of my favourite writers is Angela Carter, who I think writes superb magic realism - kind of like "fairy tales for adults."

Who are some of your favourites in this genre?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Do fairy tale adaptations count? If so, Mercedes Lackey is at the tip-top of my list. She has a whole series of books, each one based (loosely) on a different fairy tale.


    The Fire Rose (Beauty & the Beast)

    The Serpent's Shadow (Snow White)

    The Gates of Sleep (Sleeping Beauty)

    Phoenix and Ashes (Cinderella)

    The Wizard of London (Snow Queen)

    Reserved for the Cat (Puss n' Boots)

    However, my favorite isn't part of the series. It's called The Black Swan, a wonderful retelling of The Swan Princess told from several unexpected POVs.


    There's also a popular series of YA books written by different authors, which you can find listed here: http://www.librarything.com/series/Once+Upon+a+Tim...

    Another favorite from an unexpected source is Enchanted by Orson Scott Card, it's a wonderful time-traveling Sleeping Beauty story. Very well done!


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  • 1 decade ago

    Wow. I must congratulate you on excellent taste in literature. Not many here are clever enough to know about Angela Carter - and yes her fairy tales were amazing. My personal favorite - Lady in the House of Love. Pax-C

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  • Amber
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    4 years ago

    It is because they do have a soul but it is full of the bad spirit. The devil is a liar and what may seem good can be very bad and what seems bad can be very good. To address the "porn" issue someone brought up I am a Christain and we are not without sexual desire so while I search for a husband I am quite vulnerable to sexual temptation. I am a sinner no doubt but how does that disprove that I have a sou?. Souls need fed and we sometimes do allow the wrong thing in there. There is nothing wrong with sex just sex outside of marriage is sin.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I havent actually read any of her work, but I have heard of her ... its very hard to find adult lit in that genre. A couple that I've come across:

    The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

    The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor (one of my faves)

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  • Pete
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    1 decade ago

    Put Robin McKinley right at the top of your list. Others are Ellen Kushner, Patricia Wrede, Charles de Lint, and there is a series of anthologies by Ellen Datlow (often with others) like BLACK SWAN, WHITE RAVEN, and others that she's edited like THE ARMLESS MAIDEN.

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  • 1 decade ago

    of modern fairy tales?

    m. buckley's 'the sisters grimm'

    and sarah beth durst's 'into the wild'

    both are amazing. give them both a try.

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  • 1 decade ago

    My absolute favorite is Laura Esquivel.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i haven't tried books by carter yet, but i've enjoyed reading books by isabel allende and neil gaiman so far

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