I hope you summon the courage and you invite your demons to tea and you learn to listen to all their stories
Title: Fierce Fairytales
Author: Nikita Gill
Page Count: 176 pages
Genre: Poetry // Nonfiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Hachette Books
Release Date: September 11, 2014
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory.
But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.
What a beautiful blend of old fairytales with new ideas and new themes. Gill touches on mental illness, love, abuse, feminism, and most importantly empowerment.
There was one story in particular that stuck with me and especially this quote “I hope you summon the courage and you invite your demons to tea and you learn to listen to all their stories”. This entire book was an ode to women and really made me feel empowered.
I was so mesmerized by the art in this book! Beautiful illustrations by the author herself. They really worked well with the stories and the format. The illustration of Red Riding Hood was fantastic! And the twist on that story was one of my favourites.
Look for this one in your bookstores and online because reading it to your baby girls will show them a different world, a world where women can save themselves not wait for those pesky princes!
**Thank you HBG Canada for sending me a copy for review, this one has a spot on my fairytale collection shelf now.**