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]
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]
We're looking for books of fairy tales well-suited to bedtime reading. [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend books of fairy tales, folklore, or myths, that are not European? [more inside]
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]
Looking for some recommendations for serious fantasy books, especially those inspired by fairy tales. A couple guidelines inside. [more inside]
Attention Canadians! I need help identifying a witch/fairly tale movie from the late eighties. [more inside]
Can you recommend me songs, bands, or compositions that evoke moods similar to those of nursery rhymes or fairy tales? [more inside]
Fairy tales for girls? [more inside]
Yet another question about a book from one's childhood. Mission: Help me find this anthology of "bawdy" fairy tales. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
Fairies; fur-lined cloak. Find me the book. [more inside]
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?
The neighbor girl borrowed my fairy tale book fifteen years ago. Help me get it back. [more inside]
Can you help me identify two children's stories/books? [more inside]
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?
Stepmothers in Grimm's fairy tales. Some claim that the Grimms altered mothers to step mothers lest the bourgeois reader be shocked. [more inside]
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.