Midnight Comes (Refractions: Fairytales between the lines) 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 2.24 ounces
- Paperback : 49 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1720905150
- ISBN-13 : 978-1720905158
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.13 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (July 16, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,914,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you adore all things fairytale, like I do, you will enjoy these visions.
Beauty and the Beast
The Little Mermaid
and one other I did not recognize
To be honest, I am not entirely sure what to make of this collection. The collection is billed as: "Explore the darker, more human side of these classic fairytales and rediscover the characters as they are given a voice of their own.” Some of the poems do give voice to unusual characters such as the Evil Queen in Snow White and the witch who cursed the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. But others focus on the experience of the usual protagonist. None feels especially dark. I suspect the author, a young woman who apparently published this slim volume shortly before starting college, simply does not yet have enough life experience to write “dark”.
That said, the collection does show promise and Ms. Blasko’s future potential is evident. She is also to be congratulated for having published this original collection at such a young age and for further showing the initiative of reaching out to this top Amazon reviewer requesting that I take a look at her book. I would be interested in taking a look at her future poems as she matures as a writer. For now, this collection is probably best read by young teens who are interested in the usual fairy tales, writing poetry, and looking at well-known stories from an unusual perspective.
I was especially interested in her take on The Little Mermaid, which shows evidence that she read the original and did not simply rely on the Disney version. Still, the ending was surprising, since in the original tale the angels found the Little Mermaid to be so worthy that they swooped her up to heaven, a conclusion not found in Blasko’s poem. Nevertheless, this is the best poem in the book - or at least my favorite.
My thanks to the author for a review copy which in no way influenced the content of my review.
I received a complentary copy of this work through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for my honest opinion.
I would recommend this collection to anyone who likes the macabre. Midnight Comes is a short piece of about 50 pages, making it the perfect Saturday afternoon read.