June 18, 2008

Review: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales
Edited by Kate Bernheimer

This compilation of essays by some of today's most talented women writers has something for anyone who loves or hates fairy tales. There is critical academia, poetry and a lot of autobiography. Some of the essays are long and some are quite short. Most are written from a feminist prespective. What I liked most about it was the last essay. While Terri Windling's writing presents her abusive background, she spins it into a positive and empowering example of making a happily ever after from where ever you come from. It was a good book to finish up the Once Upon a Time II Challenge with.


Carl V. Anderson said...

I would be interested in reading this even if only to read Terri Windlings. I really admire her and she is a tremendous talent both with her art and her writing. She has done so many amazing things for the world of mythic fiction.

Petunia said...

I first heard of Terri Windling at Stainless Steel Droppings. Your admiration shines clear and bright.

Anonymous said...

What an interesting premise for a book! I'm going to see if the library has this. Thanks for the review.

Petunia said...

Writer2b-I hope you enjoy it.