Title: The Werewolf
Author: Angela Carter
In: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Angela Carter)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Dark fantasy, Werewolves
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Here, take your father’s hunting knife; you know how to use it.
A tale of a girl who goes visit her grandmother, but encounters a mysterious werewolf on the way…
Oh Grandma, what big teeth you have! And now I shall cause you bodily harm and take your place.
This is possibly my favourite Carter retelling so far. Most of the fairytales, I genuinely enjoy, but Little Red Riding Hood is one that I never really related to. Possibly because I never go to see my own grandmother, and I can’t imagine skipping down a forest path to do so. Plus, what sane family would send their small daughter into the forest where wolves are known to roam? But, I digress. The very things that kind of frustrate me about the original are twisted to fit this fantastic retelling.
For only three pages, this was a really fun and kind of twisted story.
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