How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

First things first, I am now officially on holiday. This mostly means that for the next week at least I will have spotty internet if at all. I also decided that my latest plan for the end of the year is brilliant. I will be reading a large chunk of books while travelling, but will probably not be able to get to officially reviewing it on the blog. I say officially because I might just write-up a draft on a piece of paper (you know, the old-fashioned way) and then not pay any attention to it at all while rewriting it on the blog. Only time will tell.

About that brilliant plan I mentioned earlier. I read a lot more books than ever before in my life this year. I liked most of them! I started a list to mimic my last year’s My 2017’s long list!, this time with more colour by using the cover pages. That list blew out of proportion and I am completely certain that if I put up my 2018’s list in a similar fashion, no one will be able to pay much attention to it. So I decided to pace myself, split it into five (maybe) sub-lists and then end the year with the total stats like my Mid Year Stats – 2018. Wish me luck with this plan.

Now we shall move on to the book in question.


I have always had a fascination for fairy tales especially since I thought I was clever to identify the morbid undertones of most of them. I have since learnt that it is pretty much an open secret that before Disney decided to use them, they are meant to be extremely dark. Retellings have also been something that I have kept my eye out for but not yet found any that really appeal to me. The series Once Upon a Time came close before it got boring. This particular collection also came close. The stories I liked I really liked, the ones I did not I was equally against. This basically means that I gave it a three star rating. I found out how much I did not know about the jewish community though, which was a bonus.

I would recommend this book to those interested in reading an eclectic collection of ‘fractured’ fairy tales. The author gives detailed information about the tales as well as extra poems to go with each. Overall an interesting read.

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