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07 September 2010 @ 01:39 am
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...
dickgloucesterdickgloucester on September 7th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
I think it's an excellent idea...
Gelseygelsey on September 7th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Grin. Gotta love villains and fairy tales.
Gelseygelsey on September 7th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
... now I want my entire flist to write villains. Bwahaha. /sanity
Ree: Evil: Minionstriskellion on September 7th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
Do it.
Gelseygelsey on September 7th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
You too. Write with me! Grin.
Reetriskellion on September 7th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Remind me when I get back from Hawaii. Though, rather than villains I do have that one I want to write for Juniper Tree. The stepmother is even more murderous in my modern version.
Gelseygelsey on September 7th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Grin. Fairy tales then, period. Not sure I've heard of Juniper Tree?
Reetriskellion on September 7th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
It's called the Almond Tree here, page 207 or so. BUt it's the same basic story as what I have in my copy of Grimms at home
luvscharlieluvscharlie on September 7th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
Did the Gaiman one happen to be the re-telling of Snow White?
Reetriskellion on September 7th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
That one is creepy as all get out.
patricia_writespatricia_writes on September 7th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Do it!!!
Gelseygelsey on September 7th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
You should write something too. Do me a villain! Cackles.

Thank you for the pillow case, btw! I got it when I got back the other day. It'll go through the wash a few times, I think, but I think it will soften some. So nice of you to think of me!