Title: The Wedding of Wylda Serene
Author: Esther M. Friesner
In: My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (P.N. Elrod)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Paranormal romance
Dates read: 29th October 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
5th sentence, 74th page: “Bingo,” he said, pointing his index finger at me pistol-style and vocalizing a passable gunshot sound effect as he brought the thumb-hammer down.
Wylda Serene has never been told no by her doting grandparents. So when she wants her wedding in a cursed club house, they just can’t put their foot down. What follows is a wedding full of insanity and magic. One that will go down in history.
This short story had me laughing out loud. All throughout. It kind of took all the worst things about weddings and turned them on their head. It made for a funny, engaging, ridiculous story that you couldn’t help but relate to. Especially when nothing turns out like you expected. And although everyone gets their happily ever after… it’s certainly not in the way that one would expect.
Between reading this short story and Crazy Rich Asians (at about the same time), I’ve come to the conclusion that the rich are just downright weird. That “polite” society and the weddings / events that they host are just not quite normal. After all, the entire time in this short story a very ill-conceived wedding is being organised and because of this, nothing is quite as it seems.
I have an incredibly unhealthy obsession with mythologies – and Greek mythology is one that is a lot more accessible than many others. But, I did enjoy the fact that some of the minor deities from this mythos take point in this story. It wasn’t about Zeus and his cohort, but some of their lesser-known offspring. It added an extra layer of enjoyment to this story that makes me want to read it again and again and again.