December 2011

The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People

Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have done it again! I am reading their amazing compilation of shapeshifter stories called The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People, and it may just be the best collection of fairy tales edited by the duo yet. Like many other collections by the two, this set contains re-tellings of many fairy tales that we know and love as well as more obscure ones we may not be familiar with. A common theme is taking a feminist spin on the tales, such as turning a helpless female victim from mythology or fairy tales into her own heroine. Plenty of male heroes are also included, of course.