Red as Blood by Tanith Lee

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Title: Red as Blood
Author: Tanith Lee
In: Red as Blood (Tanith Lee) & Forests of the Night (Tanith Lee)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fairy tales, Retellings
Dates read: 24th October 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Wildside
Year: 1983
5th sentence, 74th page: Bianca laughed.

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Lee shows us a perfectly good stepmother, whose Princess stepdaughter reeks of evil.


I love villain retellings of stories. This is one of those perfect ones in which the “good guy” is actually a terrifying villain and the villain is the “right” kind of woman. This short story was a fantastically unique take on Snow White. I’ve read a few retellings of this story. But none have an evil Snow White, they’re just misunderstood queens generally.

This is the first retelling of a fairy tale that features Christianity. Unlike many stories which have the Christian faith and the transfer into this faith, it wasn’t done in an overpowering way. Just a mention of a cross or two and the devil’s allergy to the cross. Or at least, that’s how I read it. I liked that it used something that frequently happened, but in a positive light, instead of a good Christian women taking over, she saved her step-daughter from a horrible fate, and stopped her from ruining their kingdom.

I loved the way that this story went full circle. It began in the same place as the beginning, but with a more positive outcome, a better, more congenial relationship. It’s always nice when stories go full circle, but with a far more positive outcome. One that hints at a happily ever after.

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