Title: Like a Red, Red Rose
Author: Susan Wade
In: Snow White, Blood Red (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Fairy tales, Romance
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Only now the roses blushed, their petals a rich, true pink.
Blanche and her mother live on the outskirts of the local village, but when Blanche begins to fall in love, everything quickly starts to unravel and secrets will be revealed.
There’s something about fairy tales that I love. Have honestly always loved. Probably because they were what I grew up on. But there is also this lyricality and sense of surrealism that I just don’t get from any other type of writing. Recently, I read a series of fairy tales from The Grimm Brothers, and Like a Red, Red Rose worked in exactly the same way for me. It had that sense of darkness (which I always love) and the surrealistic lyricism that I know and love.
Because there is a dark twist in this fairy tale, these don’t necessarily make the best of bedtime tales. For a normal person. I’m not normal, and I freaking love dark twists to in any and all stories that I sink my teeth into. When this is partnered with a story of roses, love and tragedy… be still my beating heart.
In the introduction to this, it says that Wade wanted to write a Rapunzel / Beauty and the Beast style story. One which had a heavy emphasis on the roses that feature prominently in both (or at least the earlier versions). What she got was something completely different. And far more grimm-ly in its telling and creation. Now I can’t wait to see what else is in store in this collection!
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