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The Rose and The Beast: Fairy Tales Retold Paperback – August 7, 2001
"Stars Above" by Marissa Meyer
With nine stories - five of which have never before been published - and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer's upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles. Learn more | See related books
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Nine tales are offered including Little Red Riding Hood ("Wolf"), Beauty and the Beast ("Beast"), Thumbelina ("Tiny"), Bluebeard ("Bones"), Sleeping Beauty ("Charm"), Snow White ("Snow"), Snow Queen ("Ice"), and Cinderella ("Glass").
Readers might also be interested in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's "Wolf at the Door," Emma Donoghue's "Kissing the Witch," and Donna Jo Napoli's "Zel."
The cover art also captures this regard for fairytales - the front shows a beautiful young woman - but to turn the book around and see her lower half, one can see her hands are talons. Needless to say, this book is *not* for children.
There are nine tales in this volume, four of which are set in an entirely fairytale world, separate from our own, (Snow, Glass, Rose, Beast) and five of which are 'misplaced' fairytales, being played out in our contemporary world (Tiny, Charm, Wolf, Bones, Ice).
Snow is a retelling of Snow White, which highlights a new angle on the tale - bringing forth not the love of Snow White's mother or her lover, but that which the old stories always forget to mention - that of the affection between Snow and the seven dwarfs. My favourite quotes, first when the dwarfs look upon her as a baby "they knew then that she was the love they had been seeking in every face forever before this", and when it is pointed out "She loved them. This is what no one tells. She loved them."
Tiny is a reworking of Thumbelina.Read more ›
This collection of "fairy tales retold" by Block was intriguing. I have long been retelling fairy tales in a weird and twisted way, so I was naturally curious as to how Block treated it, and wondered if she was a "sister spirit" in writing. Reading about Block, I noticed she was placed by publishers in a strange liminal zone where she wasn't quite treated as a writer for an adult audience (fairy tales are always treated as childish in the Western world), but she was too dark and real for children. She now has a very avid fandom of young adult females.
The Rose and the Beast had some dark adult undercurrents in its pages, but nothing too horrifying for women coming-of-age. Inside her pages are stories of Sleeping Beauty pricking herself with heroin needles, Bluebeard the serial killer and Little Red Riding Hood's Wolf as a child molester and wife-beater. Many of the other stories were less intense - but frankly, I liked the stories that touched upon the more violent and sadistic side of society better. There was something more satisfying about them.
I found "Wolf" to be very suspenseful and intriguing - it had a genius quality - a story that flowed so easily it seemed the author wrote it quickly and in a deep trance. The voice of the narrator was very raw - it seemed honest and real.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved when I was in middle school but now at 25 I find it lacking. A fun retelling of stories to read once but nothing more.Published 5 months ago by Molly
In this collection of nine short stories, Block offers surprising retellings of fairy tales ranging from "Thumbelina" and "The Snow Queen" to "Cinderella"... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miss Print
Here is the first line from the first story, Snow. I copied it faithfully from the kindle version.
"When she was born her mother was so young, still a girl herself, didn't... Read more
This book was disappointing. I read it in about 2 hours and only thought 2 stories were ok. I wouldn't recommend this book to those who really like the classic tales depicted in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nina Putney
I originally bought this book to go towards the Fairy Tales Retold Challenge I was participating in this year. I have read a few of Lia Block’s books, they are always intriguing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Karissa Eckert
The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold is, of course, a collection of short stories that are retellings and revisions of well-known fairy tales. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Swank Ivy
As other reviewers have said, I expected originality and fun twists on the stories. Instead, they only vaguely resemble the originals (sometimes I wouldn't even be able to tell if... Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by ginnibeam
The Rose and The Beast by Francesca Lia Block is not your average fairy tale. Think of all the fairy tales you grew up with the candy coated stories of Disney with snow white,... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Jessica Figueroa
ex- girlfriend had me read this stating it was great... a non creative writer wrote a bunch of old fairytales and added a few swear words and tried to modern them up a little... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Giles Curtis