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This review is from: Grimm Fairy Tales, Vol. 3 (Paperback)
The introduction of the Grim Fairy Tales series has brought about a re-newed interest in the minds and hearts of many who grew up hearing these timeless, child friendly stories of mythical creatures, magic, and heroes and heroines. The re-newed interest, however, strictly for grown ups, and not for the light of heart.
In Grim Fairy Tales Vol. 3, not only do we see a continuation of our favorite fairy tales twisted and retold in a more grim fashion, (no pun intended) but we also begin to see a much more clear development of a deeper story being told, something that was only hinted at in Vol. 2 and could be brushed off as a sub plot. Well in Vol. 3, we see the sub plot start to become the foundation for the entire series, and the reason for the stories being told. The stories contained in this one are: Beauty And The Beast, The Three Little Pigs, Miss Muffet, The Juniper Tree, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Wicked Ways.
Beauty and the Beast is an exceptional peiece of work; in its story telling, its adaptation to a real life scenario, and the art work depicting the world of the Beast. The pastel styled illustrations really give the story a truely dark feel that matches up with its grisly narrative. Three Little Pigs offers a very different perspective on the tale, as it relies less on the original story of the three pigs and the wolf, and more on the reali life adaptation/Grim Fairy Tales story line tie in. Its still good in my opinion. Miss Muffet deviates from the now expected formula that GFT uses and only uses the title and select elements of the story to futher the character development of the GFT main character, Sela. This character development in continued in the Juniper Tree, which switches back to the GFT formula of "fairy Tale applied to real life," but serves as more of a flashback for Sela, and sets the stage for later events in the series. Three Billy Goats Gruff is a heart warming tale, also serving for character development for Sela, but standing very well on its own. Wicked Ways is not a fairy tale (not as far as I know anyway) but rather an introduction of a new character in the series, one who will play a very important role in the volumes to come.
Overall, if you liked the first two volumes of GFT, this one will not disapoint. The dark retelling of your favorite tails is all here in its prime fashion, the blatant fan service, and all of that are there to enjoy.