Halloween 2021: Villains

Villains make the world go around, or at least cause a lot of trouble for the heroes. The best villains stand out from the pack, because they’re in some way memorable. Either they’re the perfect, diabolical foil for the hero or they are more intriguing than the protagonist. There’s a recent trend to revisit villains... Continue Reading →

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Kinda Sorta Hamlet Retelling

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is undeniably a Hamlet retelling, but it is also unique. This mixture keeps the reader on the edge of his seat, unsure of what will happen next. I mean, we know what’s going to happen… but only kind of. The characters are Hamlet allusions, but the setting is in Central... Continue Reading →

The Little Mermaid

I have loved fairy and folk tales since I was a little girl. Growing up, I used to leaf through this ancient set of books with beautifully told tales and even more lovely illustrations. I can’t tell you how many hours I pored over those stories of wicked witches, dazzling maidens, and gallant princes, and... Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Time—A Brand New Fairy Tale

Once Upon a Time brings together well-known figures from many fairy tales, myths, and legends and has them interact in the same space. It relishes turning everything we know about these characters inside out and on their heads. For example, only in this upside-down reality would Robin Hood and the Evil Queen from Snow White... Continue Reading →

The Princess and the Fangirl

Everyone loves a good retelling. It’s fun to watch a modern author put a fresh spin on a beloved classic. But what about retellings of classics you never liked in the first place? Well… in the right hands, that old story might just become a new favorite. That’s what happened when I read The Princess and the Fangirl,... Continue Reading →

Ophelia: Hamlet through a Female Lens

I like stories told from the woman’s perspective, especially if they shed insight into a familiar story. So when I found out they were filming Ophelia, the story of Hamlet, but with some changes, I was so impatient to see it I rented it the morning of its streaming release. Shakespeare has never been one... Continue Reading →

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