Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales

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A viral Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales By Kate Bernheimer Terri Windling Deborah Eisenberg Maria Flook Patricia Foster Vivian Gornick Lucy Grealy bell hooks go inside Kindle Kate Bernheimer is the author of three novels and the story collection Horse, Flower, Bird, as well as children s books Among other books, she edited the World Fantasy Award winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me Forty New Fairy Tales and the forthcoming xo Orpheus 50 New Myths.. New edition revised and expanded available 8 13 02.Fairy tales are one of the most enduring forms of literature, their plots retold and characters reimagined for centuries In this elegant and thought provoking collection of original essays, Kate Bernheimer brings together twenty eight leading women writers to discuss how these stories helped shape their imaginations, thNew edition revised and expanded available 8 13 02.Fairy tales are one of the most enduring forms of literature, their plots retold and characters reimagined for centuries In this elegant and thought provoking collection of original essays, Kate Bernheimer brings together twenty eight leading women writers to discuss how these stories helped shape their imaginations, their craft, and our culture In poetic narratives, personal histories, and penetrating commentary, the assembled authors bare their soul and challenge received wisdom Eclectic and wide ranging, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall is essential reading for anyone who has ever been bewitched by the strange and fanciful realm of fairy tales.Contributors include Alice Adams, Julia Alvarez, Margaret Atwood, Ann Beattie, Rosellen Brown, A S Byatt, Kathryn Davis, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Deborah Eisenberg, Maria Flook, Patricia Foster, Vivian Gornick, Lucy Grealy, bell hooks, Fanny Howe, Fern Kupfer, Ursula K Le Guin, Carole Maso, Jane Miller, Lydia Millet, Joyce Carol Oates, Connie Porter, Francine Prose, Linda Gray Sexton, Midori Snyder, Fay Weldon, Joy Williams, Terri Windling.. Good Kindle Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales This collections concerns one of my favorite topics--people talking about their favorite fairy tales. I've always loved hearing which stories people gravitate towards, though there's one essay where the author points out that when adults answer this question they can't help but talk about it from an adult perspective. In other words, they might have adored a story for months as a kid and now they only remember the one that it seems like they should like now.This may or may not be the reason that some stories show up again and again. "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf" and "The Juniper Tree" are not stories that are considered standards, and it made sense that they'd made great impressions on many women, perhaps especially ones that grew up to write. "The Snow Queen" seems to have similar appeals.No one essay stands out over any others to me, but I enjoyed them all. I do wish there'd been one that really excited me, but that's less about the essays quality and more about my personal issues not always connecting with the authors.
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  • Kate Bernheimer Terri Windling Deborah Eisenberg Maria Flook Patricia Foster Vivian Gornick Lucy Grealy bell hooks Post author

    Kate Bernheimer is the author of three novels and the story collection Horse, Flower, Bird, as well as children s books Among other books, she edited the World Fantasy Award winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me Forty New Fairy Tales and the forthcoming xo Orpheus 50 New Myths.

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  • This collections concerns one of my favorite topics people talking about their favorite fairy tales I ve always loved hearing which stories people gravitate towards, though there s one essay where the author points out that when adults answer this question they can t help but talk about it from an adult perspective In other words, they might have adored a story for months as a kid and now they only remember the one that it seems like they should like now.This may or may not be the reason that so [...]


  • I really, really enjoyed this collection of essays on fairy tales and women writers As a woman writer who grew up on fairy tales, the collection really struck some chords with me I can t say that every essay was good there were a few that weren t very good and a few that I couldn t make out at all but overall it s a great collection, worthwhile reading for anyone interested in fairy tales I want my own copy of this book I think I would only love it on rereading.


  • I started to read this almost two years ago, lost it, then found it again recently Instead of starting from the beginning, I picked up where I left off Most of this review was written about a year ago, but I ve wrapped it up and kept it short If it sounds choppy, that is probably why.Has anyone read The Snow Queen Everyone contributing here did and apparently it s the only one worth talking about Halfway through I stopped to see if I had this story so I could read it I don t.Aside from having no [...]


  • This is a diverse and interesting collection of essays that introduced me to different fairy tales and sent me off in different reading directions, generally a good sign Rather than being an academic series of essays, each essay is in a different style and the subhead Explore is a good hint that this will involve than a straightforward march through the stories If you re interested in the way writers and stories interact, this is a good choice.


  • I picked this up for a few reasons 1 I wanted to read from Lucy Grealy But eventually realized that her piece from this collection is also included in her book of essays As Seen on TV which you should pick up 2 Reading this book adds a 1 count to the books read for Lucy Grealy As well as 23 other authors I don t track sports stats, but I m just as obsessive about my own book reading stats 3 My friend challenged me to read only books written by female authors for 6 months, so this book was a per [...]


  • I m always a fan of fairy tales, so thought this might be interesting There were a wide variety of approachesme felt academic and left me bored, some looked at personal stories through a fairy tale lense, which I prefered Some seemed to be promoting their previous titles There were two authors I made note of and marked their writing for future reading Terri Windling and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni , and there were some famaliar big names like Margaret Atwood and Ursula LaGuin, plus other names I [...]


  • My favorite essays in the collection, the ones that are each worth five stars of their own, are An Autobiography of Scheherazade by Julie Alvarez, In a Trance of Self by Deborah Eisenberg, Little Red Cap by Patricia Foster, Rapunzel Across Time and Space by Connie Porter, Sleeping Beauty by Francine Prose, Bones and Black Puddings by Linda Gray Sexton, and Transformations by Terri Windling Another great essay that comes to mind is The Wilderness Within by Ursula Le Guin I wish I understood that [...]


  • For me the biggest problem with this collection was that the essays were really hit and miss Some of the authors did a great job in analyzing certain fairy tales from their childhood that they enjoyed or related to and examined the impact those stories have had in their adults lives and writing However, other authors treated it as a very sterile academic exercise or barely even mentioned the fairy tales at all I also could very much feel a generation gap here with many of these writers Their ex [...]


  • All rightother review it as I go Various women authors and their takes on fairy tales, how the stories influenced them as womenah How many Cinderella complexes are out there But what I find really interesting, as I write this I realizeen t fairy tales historically written by men So, we are, as little girls, listening to the tales of men and their perceptions of women and how they are to be treated and or behave in the world Looking at it in a Jungian perspective, isn t this the feminine of the m [...]


  • Ok book with several good essays on fairy tales, a larger part with middling quality essays, and a few so lost to true communication they were nearly giggle worthy A couple of these authors seemed to unwittingly illustrate their own unpleasant character from some story or other Maybe it was just meor maybe some people are just too full of themselves But there were some excellent essays in the book as well, and I love reading stories about stories, books about books, even people about people.


  • This was a hit or miss collection Part of the problem is that the approach wasn t consistent Some of the authors wrote very academic style papers on the theory of social impact of fairy tales, which seemed really dry compared to some of the personal stories involving favorite tales or how the author s life inadvertently mimiced a tale.Some of my favorite ones Lucy Grealy, Bell Hooks, Deborah Eisenberg and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni These tended to be on the personal, and in some ways tragic sid [...]


  • Some of these essays are excellent Margaret Atwood s, Julia Alvarez s, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni s, Joyce Carol Oates but others were only so so Still, if you re a fan of fairy tales, then this is going to be an enjoyable read Each author discusses their favorite tales in completely different ways I tended to like the ones that combined scholarly examinations with personal experience rather than the purely personal experience essays, but that s just my preference.


  • This book was so good Interviews with Female authors on how Fairy Tales have effected their writing, or their perspective on life I particularly enjoyed Midori Snyder The Monkey Girl It is a very dense read, meaning that you have to let it sink in and if necessary read it in small bites to understand each chapter I love Kate Bernheimer s anthologies excellent.


  • What do fairy tales mean to you This book asks women writers to think about what tales influenced them or had an impact on their lives It is fascinating and really makes you consider what tales have done the same for you In my case, it was The Robber Bridegroom a story about a woman who stands up to the abusive and cannibalistic man her father wants her to marry.


  • I rate this book three stars, but like any collection that cannot really sum it up accurately Some of the writings took my breath away, and I consider them truly great All in all I rate it a three and not a four because there was one too many overly academic musings that were needlessly dense and alienating.


  • Kind of a mixed bag It was very interesting to see the many different approaches that the writers took to the subject There were quite a few fascinating and wonderful essays, but there were also some that barely even touched on the subject of fairy tales A worthwhile read I would love to see another volume featuring writers closer to my own age, as well.


  • Inspiring Inspiring.There were some that just didn t hit me, but I would say that less than a handful were just blargh.The rest were breaths of fresh air Women responding to work that moved them Writers responding to work that moved them.Damn good.


  • A wide range of essays talking about fairy tales and what they mean to each author I loved some essays and others I could do without, but it was interesting to see the variety of experiences, interactions, and reactions these women have had to certain stories and their lives.


  • Chapters worth reading Of Souls as Birds by Margaret Atwood In a Trance of Self by Deborah Eisenberg To Love Justice by bell hooks The Wife Killer by Lydia Millet In Olden Times, When Wishing Was Having by Joyce Carol Oates


  • I enjoyed this but it was really hit or miss depending on the author The tone shifted dramatically based on if they were evaluating the fairy tales from a personal analytic tone or a academic breakdown I enjoyed some a lot but others I skimmed over.


  • I m not rating or reviewing this book because I just wanted to read Atwood s essay on Birds in fairy tales Not sure how the rest of the book is, but her essay was lovely and I enjoyed reading it Would like to come back to this and read others one day







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