The Challenge: “Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time IV criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres AND top it off with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR a viewing of one of the many theatrical versions of the play. Love the story, love the films, love the idea of that magical night of the year and so this is my chance to promote the reading of this farcical love story.” -Stainless Steel Droppings
( March 21, 2010 – June 20, 2010)
My Challenge Results:
1.) Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper (Fantasy/Folklore)
2.) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Fantasy/Folklore)
3.) Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Fantasy/Folklore)
4.) Dracula by Bram Stoker (Folklore)
5.) My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (Fantasy/Contemporary Fiction)
*William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
I feel like this year I took “Fantasy and Fairy Tale” in a different directions than I have in the past. With such a plethora of books out right now dealing with the supernatural in terms of vampires and werewovles and the occasional children’s librarian turned vampire thrown in…I found a few of those books making it into my challenge pile. Which in truth makes sense since we all know Fairy Tales in actuality are quite dark. My very last book was also a stretch of a different type for this challenge.
One might look at the title and think how in the world could Ann Brashares’ My Name is Memory fit this challenge. But in my mind it fit it perfectly. It was fairy tale of sorts that spanned enormous amounts of time and played with idea of memory and re-incarnation in very fanciful and yet brutal ways. I found it the perfect book to round out this challenge. In closing getting to re-read some Shakespeare was much needed. I need to do it more, it’s like a soothing cup of tea before bed and something I greatly miss. All in all a great challenge this year and I look forward to it next year.
-Thanks to Carl V at Stainless Steel Droppings as always for being a great host.
The time has almost come for Stainless Steel Droppings….Once Upon a Time Challenge IV! I have had this one on my calendar for quite some time. This is my first year with this challenge, I just barely missed it last year. The challenge centers around the magic that can be evoked by the written word in four main genres: fantasy, folklore, fairy tale and mythology. As with most challenges there are differing levels for any reader and I encourage you all to join and take part in a great reading experience. I will be signing up for the Quest the Third Level which entails:
“Fulfill the requirements for Quest the First:Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time IV criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres AND top it off with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR a viewing of one of the many theatrical versions of the play. Love the story, love the films, love the idea of that magical night of the year and so this is my chance to promote the reading of this farcical love story.”
I am extremely excited especially to add some mythology to my reading lists…it has long been one of my favorite subjects. I took as many classical mythology classes as I could in college…trying to learn Ancient Greek however seemed to stop me in my tracks! For this challenge I am thinking possibly to re-read The Iliad and possibly Antigone which have long been favorites and also some new fantasy. I am also very excited about re-reading some Shakespeare and possibly catching a version of the play that is performed outside yearly here. I am open to suggestions if you have any must read books that will fit the criteria. I love book suggestions just as much as I love giving them. I often feel that I must be missing something…so comments are welcome! The fourth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge officially begins on Sunday, March 21st and ends June 20th but sign up has already begun. Enjoy your journey! And to start you on your path below is one of my favorite quotes about fairy tales:
“For those who immerse themselves in what the fairy tale has to communicate, it becomes a deep, quiet pool which at first seems to reflect only our own image; but behind it we soon discover the inner turmoils of our soul – its depth, and ways to gain peace within ourselves and with the world, which is the reward of our struggles.” -Bruno Bettelheim The Uses of Enchantment