The 2011 Fairy Tale Challenge (Fairy Tale Fridays)

Last September, I was introduced to a charming blogger named Tif and her delightful blog Tif Talks Books!  Amidst her book reviews and literary conversations, Tif had a meme that I fell in love with called Fairy Tale Fridays!  I joined in for several weeks (my posts can be found with the tag "FTF") but discovered this month that Tif had been blogging Fairy Tales since last January and only planned the meme to last for a year.  Knowing how much I enjoyed the weekly trek into Fairyland and seeing how a few of my Fairy Tale posts remain in my top ten most read posts of all time; I definitely want to continue posting about fairy tales, which is why I am delighted to see Tif present her readers with the 2011 Fairy Tale Challenge!

Now, I'm not normally big on challenges and generally prefer to let whimsy dictate my reading material, but this is blogging goal that I want to place upon myself.  I'm stepping into this challenge full throttle and going for the highest level of Happily Ever After (check out Tif's challenge post for level descriptions) and will aim to post a review or analysis of a fairy tale 12 times from now until December, which should figure to be about once a month!  For convenience sake, I'll still call these posts "Fairy Tale Fridays" - to maintain my already existing "FTF" tag - but technically they are now part of the 2011 Fairy Tale Challenge.  If you have any great tales (classic or modern) to recommend or that you want to hear my thoughts about, feel free to leave me comments and if this challenge sounds like fun to you, hop over to Tif's blog and sign yourself up!

3 Response to "The 2011 Fairy Tale Challenge (Fairy Tale Fridays)"

  1. Anonymous Says:
    January 21, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    I'm having a fairy tale week in February, actually, so this is right up my alley. One book I just found out about through Book Smugglers is a Chinese retelling of the Cinderella story, Bound by Donna Jo Napoli. It works in the Chinese tradition of feet binding - which echoes the original Cinderella story that had some foot mutilation going on (ick!). They raved about it so I think I'm going to pick it up.

  2. Tif Sweeney says:
    January 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Welcome to the challenge! And, if you want to continue with Fairy Tale Fridays, Carol is going to as well! I am really looking forward to what everyone will be reading!

    @StephanieD . . . I've heard of that book and have been wanting to pick it up. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. lisa :) says:
    January 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Thanks for the note, Stephanie. I've read some other novels that feature Chinese foot binding - and though I do find it disturbing I think it would interesting in the context of a Cinderella story! I'll keep a lookout for your fairy tale week and maybe even snag some more titles from you!

    And Tif, I'll definitely be keeping tabs on Carol's blog as well!

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