Gelsey (gelsey) wrote,

So, I just finished reading an anthology of short stories titled Troll's-Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. They're all fairy tales of some sort, retold through the eyes of the villains. Most are very short, and a few are actually poems. Right up my alley, right?

The contributing authors include: Peter S. Beagle (of The Last Unicorn fame, Holly Black, Michael Cadnum, Nancy Farmer, Wendy Froud, Neil Gaiman, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Ellen Kushner, Kelly Link, Garth Nix, Delia Sherman, Midori Snyder, Joseph Stanton, Catherynne M. Valente, and JAne Yolen. I recognize many of the names, have read a few of them.

However, I ended up kind of disappointed on the whole by the stories. Oh, they were good--well-written, and in several cases very clever. But they weren't very dark, not really. You know me, I expect dark or psychological villains. A lot of these were really rather light-hearted. Not exactly what I went into it expecting, though perhaps I should have.

This makes me want to compile an anthology of retold tales from the villains' points of view. Something a fair measure darker.

Yeah, I'm just weird like that...
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