Away with the Fairies

In my last post I told you about my favorite beach, Capitola. What I didn’t tell you is that the drive to Capitola is just as beautiful.

To get there from my hometown of San Jose you have to drive through the Santa Cruz mountains- which is home to many of Northern CA’s redwood trees.

Now that I don’t live in California anymore I realize how truly special it was to grow up surrounded by these majestic trees. No matter where you are in the forests, there’s something awe inspiring at being in the shade of the massive ancient redwoods. I spent a lot of my teenage years hiking and camping in these unparalleled forests.

So whenever I read stories that take place in forests, especially fairy tales, I always picture them taking place in the redwoods. Usually somewhere like this:


Keeping in theme with this beautiful forest, what are some of your favorite fairy tales or re-imaginings?

A few years ago when I was visiting my parents, I went into the local bookshop where I spent at least half my childhood. I was pretty broke that trip, but I splurged and bought myself a book there as a treat. What better splurge is there afterall? I had a hard time deciding what to buy until the cover of this one jumped out at me:

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At the time, I was obsessed with the TV show Grimm so there was no way I wasn’t buying this book. A charming and sometimes harrowing mish-mash of fairy tales, I devoured A Tale Dark and Grimm in one night. It’s exactly what you would expect from something inspired by the Grimm stories, but its written with a witty modern edge. From Goodreads:

“In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

Tell me about your favorite fairy tales or reimaginings in the comments!

1 thought on “Away with the Fairies”

  1. That looks like it was a lovely drive.

    I haven’t read any fairy tale retellings in ages, although Malinda Lo’s Ash was a good read!

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