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Half-remembered fairytale

The library of my childhood had a book of fairy tales which I remember fondly but not in very much detail. I remember only one of the stories - perhaps it will ring a bell with someone? [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Jun 27, 2014 - 5 answers

I need a montage

I'm looking for fairy tales, myths, and similarly imaginative stories where the heroine or hero triumphs because of their perseverance or dedication to developing a skill, not because of an inherent personal characteristic or being "the chosen one." [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen on Feb 25, 2014 - 38 answers

Books of stories to read aloud

We're looking for books of fairy tales well-suited to bedtime reading. [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. on Jul 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Favorite fairy tales - steampunk costume insppiration

So the local steampunk group is having a fairy tale steampunk event this fall, and I'm super excited. I used to read all the color title fairy tale books when I was younger, but it's been a while. What fairy tales would you recommend for me to read, for costume inspiration? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Apr 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Not So Grimm Fairytales

Can you recommend books of fairy tales, folklore, or myths, that are not European? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on May 16, 2012 - 26 answers

someone has to save our skins

I'm looking for suggestions for science fiction/fantasy/fairy-tales/etc. for young(ish) girls. I'm especially interested in epic stories that are similar to the ones I devoured when I was that age (Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superhero comics, Dragonlance, etc.), but which are centered on female protagonists and which don't reinforce sexist social messaging about female passivity or objectification. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 26, 2012 - 47 answers

Fantasy newbie wanting more pls!

Looking for some recommendations for serious fantasy books, especially those inspired by fairy tales. A couple guidelines inside. [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Feb 16, 2012 - 59 answers

O Canada! Tell me of your funny witch movies

Attention Canadians! I need help identifying a witch/fairly tale movie from the late eighties. [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn on Sep 4, 2011 - 0 answers

For young Tam-Lin is there.

Can you recommend me songs, bands, or compositions that evoke moods similar to those of nursery rhymes or fairy tales? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Feb 16, 2011 - 36 answers

Princesses to the rescue?

Fairy tales for girls? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Nov 3, 2010 - 38 answers

No, it wasn't The Bloody Chamber...

Yet another question about a book from one's childhood. Mission: Help me find this anthology of "bawdy" fairy tales. [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk on Oct 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me find this please!

Another help-me-find-this-book question -___- When I was younger, like 9, I found a bunch of thin little paperback books in a bookstore in the mall. They were only about $1 each and were renditions of Heidi, Cinderella, etc. The most distinctive aspect was that the illustrations were anime-style! [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Oct 18, 2010 - 9 answers

I need help finding this book: The World's Best Fairy Tales.

I need help finding this book: The World's Best Fairy Tales. I think it is a Reader's Digest Anthology, but I'm looking for a specific cover that I remember vividly from childhood. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on May 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Stories where wonderful turns terrible?

Does anyone know of a fairy tale, myth, story, or archetype that involves the hoarding of something wonderful, which causes that wonderful something to turn terrible?
posted by partner on Apr 6, 2010 - 36 answers

Once upon a time, suicide, mutilation and murder

Apparently the version of The Little Mermaid I read as a child is way different than the original Hans Christian Andersen version. Can someone help me find this decidedly more gruesome version? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Mar 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Creepy children's book question -- probably Russian/slavic or Middle Eastern

Need help finding a book. I think it was a short stories collection. One of the stories was about a king that left his new bride alone when he had to go somewhere on business. He gave her a keychain with keys to all the rooms and an egg he told her to carry around... [more inside]
posted by icarus on Sep 28, 2008 - 8 answers

If I could remember more about the book, I coudl find it myself.

Fairies; fur-lined cloak. Find me the book. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Dec 1, 2007 - 6 answers

Fairytales for grownups

I loved fairy tales as a child, and now that I am (nominally) a grownup, I love the "retellings" of fairytales — the fleshed-out versions which, for example, feature actual character development instead of lines like "she was as beautiful as she was good". I love Robin McKinley's retellings of "Donkeyskin", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Beauty and the Beast" (which she did twice for good measure), and Gregory Maguire's surprisingly political Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. What other good grown-up fairytales are out there?
posted by orange swan on Apr 11, 2007 - 60 answers

neither a borrower nor a lender be.

The neighbor girl borrowed my fairy tale book fifteen years ago. Help me get it back. [more inside]
posted by changeling on Aug 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Children's stories

Can you help me identify two children's stories/books? [more inside]
posted by peep on May 5, 2006 - 8 answers

After the Nutcracker, I promised her the Firebird

I'm looking for a good collection of Russian Fairy Tales for my four year old. There are several available on UK Amazon. Can anyone recommend one book in preference to the others?
posted by sagwalla on Dec 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Grimm's tales: stepmothers or real mothers?

Stepmothers in Grimm's fairy tales. Some claim that the Grimms altered mothers to step mothers lest the bourgeois reader be shocked. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Jul 16, 2005 - 14 answers

Nasty Fairy Tales

I need to find nasty fairy-tales. For an example, in the first Sleeping Beauty, the prince rapes her sleeping body and she wakes up when she gives birth to twins and one sucks the splinter out of her finger. Also, fairy-tales that go back to the original belief that elves and fairies were nasty creatures would be useful. Either the original nasty fairy-tales or new written ones would be good.
posted by stoneegg21 on Jan 14, 2005 - 29 answers

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