Levi and Cath. <3
YA Retellings brought to you by Epic Reads - Fairy Tale Retellings:
Beauty and the Beast: East by Edith Pattou / Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George / Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley / Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge / Spirited by Nancy Holder / Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier / The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison / Stung by Bethany Wiggins / The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle / Beastly by Alex Flinn / Beauty by Robin McKinley / Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
The Little Mermaid: September Girls by Bennett Madison / Fathomless by Jackson Pearce / Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama / Midnight Pearls by Cameron Dokey / Mermaid: A Twist on a Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
Cinderella: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix / Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine / Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George / Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas / If I have A Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor / Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge / Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott / Cinder by Marissa Meyer / Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey / Ash by Malinda Lo
Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse As Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce / Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli / The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn
The Frog Prince: Cloaked by Alex Flinn / Enchanted by Alethea Kontis / The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley / Water Song by Suzanne Weyn
The Snow Queen: Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce / Winter’s Child by Cameron Dokey / Stork by Wendy Delsol
Little Red Riding Hood: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright / Scarlet by Marissa Meyer / The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly / Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce / Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié / Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
Twelve Dancing Princesses: Entwined by Heather Dixon / The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun / The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn / Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George / Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Hansel and Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce / Bewitching by Alex Flinn / Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
Rapunzel: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth / Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett / Towering by Alex Flinn / Cress by Marissa Meyer / Golden by Cameron Dokey / Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Snow White: Beauty by Nancy Ohlin / Snow by Tracy Lynn / The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman / The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block / The Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey / Nameless by Lili St. Crow / Fairest by Gail Carson Levine / Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (*this is actually a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red”) / Devoured by Amanda Marrone
Sleeping Beauty: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn / Briar Rose by Jane Yolen / Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey / Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay / The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson / Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley / Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross / A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
I love that all of the Cameron Dokey novels are on this list because they are A+ (and the best ones in the Once Upon a Time Fairytale series). Her retellings for Sharazad and Mulan are also really good.
It does not however have Sleeping Helena by Erzebet Yellowboy, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy (which are two of my favorite retellings).
Okay, the art is great and all, but y’all need to know something. The first and last pictures are the covers to a series of novels with a transvestite protagonist. The last picture is on the second novel, The Kiss Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer. I can’t even explain… Here’s the description from the Google Store:
…A male computer technician by day and a transvestite hostess of Istanbul’s most notorious nightclub by night, the unnamed heroine of The Kiss Murder is the most charming and hilarious sleuth to debut in recent memory. When Buse, one of the girls at her club, fears someone is after private letters from a former lover, she comes to her boss for help. The next day Buse is dead and our girl must find the murderers before they find her. Fortunately, she is well armed with beauty, wit, the wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, and expert Thai kickboxing skills…
My complete Cath cosplay
SORRY I KNOCKED YOU OVER AND STOLE YOUR T-SHIRT
literature meme ∙ [7/8] poetry ∙ lady lazarus (sylvia plath)
read in full here
Literature Meme - 1 Period
(the Romantic era) was an artistic, intellectual and literary movement originated in Europe on 19th century. It was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and also a revolt against aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature. It was more represented by visual arts, music and literature, but had a leading impact on historiography, education and the natural sciences. Some of the most important autors of this period are: Goethe, that with The Sorrows of Young Werther, published in 1774 was an early influence to the Romantic era, not only in Germany, but also around the world. Other famous autors of this age: Mary Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, and much more.
brewngames and I had been noticing some of these references throughout, and it’s good to know that they’re all intentional and that it’s likely to get a lot weirder here on out.
Kathryn Schulz went looking for those rare moments in literature where “punctuation pops its head up over the prose” and found five noteworthy uses. For instance, a period at the end of Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table (spoilers?):
"It is that which at this instant, issuing out of a labyrinthine tangle of yeses and nos, makes my hand run along a certain path on the paper, mark it with these volutes that are signs: a double snap, up and down, between two levels of energy, guides this hand of mine to impress on the paper this dot, here, this one."
And Nabokov’s Lolita made the list, but I expected this bit:
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
"My very photogenic mother died in a freak accident (picnic, lightning) when I was three…"
The Song of Achilles portraits: 12/30/13
The Fault in Our Stars a.k.a. “you could literally throw this book at my face and it wouldn’t hurt nearly as much as the story”
Oh gosh what even
I was tagged by minorearth. I answered for five of these books in an ask meme a month or two ago. So, I’m copy/pasting the info for those. (Also cheating a little by combining a few items from the same author.)
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!
- "Der Vampir" ("The Vampire")by Heinrich August Ossenfelder (1748) [Vampires.com] [University of Victoria - German]
- "Lenore" by Gottfried August Bürger (1773) [GoogleBooks - Multiple Translations] [University of Tampa - Multiple Translations] (not explicitly about vampires, although it does concern the re-arisen dead)
- "The Bride of Corinth" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1797) [GoogleBooks] [Project Gutenberg] [Wikisource]
- "The Old Woman of Berkeley" by Robert Southey (1798) [GoogleBooks] [Famouspoetsandpoems.com] (not explicitly about vampires, although it does concern the re-arisen dead)
- "Wake Not the Dead"attributed to Johann Ludwig Tieck (1800) [Project Gutenberg] [SFF.net]
- Thalaba the Destroyerby Robert Southey (1801) [GoogleBooks: Vol 1. | Vol. 2] [Project Gutenberg]
- "The Vampire" by John Stagg, in his Minstrel of the North (1810) [GoogleBooks] [Archive,org] [The Literary Gothic]
- The Giaour by George Gordon Byron (1813) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Polish Online Literature Library] [The Literary Gothic - Excerpt]
- "A Fragment of a Novel" (aka "The Burial: A Fragment") by George Gordon Byron (1816) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Project Gutenberg] [SFF.net]
- "Christabel" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1816) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Project Gutenberg] [Erudit.org] (not explicitly about vampires)
- "The Vampyre" by John Polidori (1819) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Project Gutenberg] [SFF.net]
- "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats (1820) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Poetryfoundation.org] (not explicitly about vampires)
- "Lamia" by John Keats (1820) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Bartleby.com] (not explicitly about vampires)
- Lord Ruthven ou les Vampires (Lord Ruthven or The Vampires) by Cyprien Berard (1820) [Archive.org - French] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
- The Vampire, or The Bride of the Isles by J. R. Planché (1820) [The Literary Gothic]
- Le Vampire (The Vampire) by Charles Nodier (1820) [Munseys - PDF]
- "Vampirisimus" by E.T.A. Hoffman (1821), from his Die Erzählungen der Serapionsbrüder (The Serapion Brethren) [GoogleBooks] [Project Gutenburg] [National University of Central Buenos Aires - Spanish]
- Smarra ou les Demons de la Nuit (Smarra, or the Night of the Demons) by Charles Nodier (1821) [Archive.org - French] [Project Gutenberg - French] [Rilune.org - French] [Amazon.com - English Translation ($)]
- Han d’Islande (Hans of Iceland) by Victor Hugo (1821) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org: Vol. I | Vol. 2] (not explicitly about vampires, although a major character drinks blood for the sake of revenge)
- La Vampire Ou La Vierge De Hongrie (The Vampire or The Hungarian Virgin) by Étienne-Léon de Lamothe-Langon (1825) [Gallica.bnf.fr: Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3 - French] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
- Der Vampyre und seine Braut (The Vampire and his Bride) by Carl Spindler (1826) [GoogleBooks - German] [Bibliotheque-vampires.de - German]
- La Guzla, ou Choix de Poesies Illyrique (The Guzla, or a Selection of Illyric Poems) by Prosper Merimee (1827) [GoogleBooks - French] [Archive.org - French] (A literary hoax that purports to be a collection of folklore)
- Der Vampyr (The Vampire) by Heinrich Marschner and Wilhelm August Wohlbrück (1828) [Stanford University - Libretto] [Archive.org - German Score] [Archive.org - German Recording] [Zeno.org - German Libretto]
- Der Vampyre, oder die Totenbraut (The Vampyre and the Dead Bride) by Theodor Hildebrand (1828) [GoogleBooks - German]
- "The Eve of Ivan Kupala" (aka "St. John’s Eve"]by Nikolaj Vasilevic Gogol (1832), from his Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka [The University of Adelaide]
- "The Vampire Bride" by Henry Thomas Liddell (1833) [GoogleBooks]
- "The Viy" by Nikolaj Vasilevic Gogol (1835), from his Mirgorod [The University of Adelaide]
- "La Morte Amoureuse" ("The Dead Lover," aka "Clarimonde"; "The Beautiful Vampire"; "The Dead Woman in Love"; "The Dead Leman") by Théophile Gautier (1836) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Project Gutenberg] [Université du Québec à Chicoutimi - French]
- "Ligea" by Edgar Allan Poe (1838) [GoogleBooks] [Project Gutenberg] [Poestories.com] (not explicitly about vampires, although it does concern the re-arisen dead)
- Sem’ya Vurdalaka (The Family of the Voursalak) by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1839) [Az.lib.eu - Russian] [Amazon.com - English Translation ($)]
- Der tote Gast (The Dead Guest) by Heinrich Zschokke (1840) [GoogleBooks]
- Upyr (The Vampire) by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1841) [Az.lib.eu - Russian] [Amazon.com - English Translation ($)]
- 'The Vampire” by James Clerk Maxwell (1845) [GoogleBooks] [Poemhunter.com]
- Varney the Vampyre, or, The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rhymer (sometimes attributed to Thomas Preskett Prest) (1845-1847) [University of Virgina] [Project Gutenberg - Incomplete]
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Project Gutenberg] (not explicitly about vampires, although Heathcliff is accused of vampirsm)
- "La Dame pâle" ("The Pale Lady," aka "The Carpathian Mountains"; "The Vampire of the Carpathian Mountains") by Alexandre Dumas and Paul Bobage, in Les mille et un fantômes (The Thousand and One Ghosts) (1849) [Project Gutenberg - French] [Wikisource - French] [Amazon.com - English Translation ($)]
Adapted from this forum post. Original poster has not read all works listed, but has applied descriptive/helpful notes where possible.
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
[inspired by mmorrow]