We grew up on fairy tales wherein fairies would come to the aid of a young and deserving hero or heroine. They’re benevolent. And all they want to do is to help
But once you go beyond the children’s section of the bookstore, you’ll find that fairies or the fae are usually depicted as cruel or mad or simply out of touch with normal human reality and morality. Being near-immortal and powerful has them usually portrayed as looking down on humans (though that doesn’t stop them from taking humans as pets/lovers and producing half-human offspring with them)
Of course, this is not to say all fae characters in books are evil. Some harm humans as a way to protect themselves. Fae are usually portrayed as very connected to nature (eg. forests, lands, rivers etc). And with human beings doing whatever they want to the land, it seriously pisses the Fae off that their home gets polluted and eventually destroyed.
This just goes to show that once you browse the sections for young adults and adults, Fae get the morally gray and/or black shade
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Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited will know that it has a LOT of titles. But unfortunately, it takes time to separate the chaff from the wheat.
How does one usually do it?
You can look at their Best-Sellers list. Or look at the number of great customer reviews and ratings.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you would enjoy the title yourself. I’ve seen a lot of titles that have great ratings and reviews. But unfortunately were not my cup of tea.
So here are titles that (I think) make subscribing to Kindle Unlimited worthwhile. You may or may not agree with me. But I think these titles are worth a try!
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Fairy Tales like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are so old that no one even knows who originally told these tales. In fact, I don’t think anyone really knows what the original versions are.
These stories have been retold an x number of times that new versions inevitably appear with each retelling. Now in present day, we even get to read published books that pretty much reinterpret or subvert the tales our parents/grandparents/nannies told us in our childhood.
So how many different versions could there be of one particular fairy tale?
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