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  1. The Princess Fantasy (or Delusion)

    January 21, 2013 by Kiersi

    The Princess Fantasy:
    Are Authors Responsible For The Messages They Send About Love and Life?

    What is “the princess fantasy”? 

    This opinion piece might be better titled, “the princess delusion,” because that’s really what it is that I want to talk about: a delusion. A notion that a girl is, above all else, destined to be with the perfect man; that there will be some magical spark when she meets him, that he will rescue her from everything that is wrong in her life, and they will instantly (usually on first sight) fall in love. Forever.

    The love interests in these “fantasies” are often alpha-males, or “princes,” who fulfill every desire (this is relative to the audience, of course). In young adult books, I find there are a few different kinds of princes to choose from: the bad boy, who is eventually reformed by the girl’s love (the “Beast”); the guy who is perfect from the start, loves the princess madly, and pursues her relentlessly, but has pretty disturbing or suspicious behaviors (the Edward Cullens of the group); the two-dimensional Prince Charming or Prince Philip; and a variety of other archetypes that are all, in some way, freakishly ideal. (more…)

  2. The Mirror: The Final Installment

    December 15, 2011 by Kiersi

    Dragon's Eye, by Margaret Lindsay

    Dragon's Eye, by Margaret Lindsay

    The Mirror

    The Final Installment

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    He is running.

    His sword is stained red.

    Towards the castle. Weaving between houses and shops and servants’ quarters, seeing clearly every stone under his feet, his chest heaving deep inside him.

    Up an outer staircase to two heavy wooden doors, locked with iron brackets and a thick iron lock.

    Clambering up the wall, reaching for ivy and tree branches.

    Inside a third-story window, sweat running down the small of his back and his forehead and his hands.

    Then his vision dims, spirals away from him, and Calean is blind to the world again. (more…)

  3. So Yeah, It’s About a Werewolf

    October 6, 2011 by Kiersi

    A Werewolf

    Daddy’s Little Occult Supernatural Monster


    Inhaling cold air feels different when inhaled horizontally, from the crouching position.

    I spend a lot of time in the crouching position. Usually waiting, but often watching while waiting. Also sniffing. Sometimes I even reach forward and scratch behind my right ear.

    Mostly just waiting, though. (more…)

  4. Rebirth of the Fairy Tale

    September 23, 2011 by Kiersi

    Outfoxed, by Dylan Meconis

    The Fairy Tale is constantly being reborn. The two examples that struck me recently are My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, a collection of forty re-imagined fairy tales by contemporary writers, and a short comic titled Outfoxed, by Dylan Meconis (@quirkybird).

    Before today, I didn’t realize that fairy tales contain an essence, something that distinguishes them so clearly from just any short story. It was simply: “I know a fairy tale when I read one.” I’ll be looking for your input, readers, to add to this list of characteristics that clue us in to the fact we’re reading a fairy tale.

    1. A fairy tale can happen anywhere. (more…)