Items tagged "fantasy"

Book Ends Book Club

We hope you can join us when we read Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version edited by Philip Pullman! Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now, at a veritable fairy-tale moment—witness the popular television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and […]

Tolkien’s Silmarillion

The universe that JRR Tolkien created in his books is richly textured and expansive. Middle Earth is an amazing creation from one of the most beloved writers of the 20th century. What’s extra amazing about Tolkien’s universe building is that it is by no means limited to the Lord of the Rings books. Indeed, for […]

Three Fairy Tales to Read After You Watch Beauty and the Beast

Did you see the Beauty and the Beast live action film yet? I recently did, and it made me think of all the fairy tale retellings that are published and made. Fairy tales were first told to teach children lessons; it wasn’t until Disney’s series of animated films like Snow White and Cinderella that they became more like the stories we see and hear today. That hasn’t stopped people from retelling them in a variety of ways. Here are three recent retellings that you may find interesting if you love Beauty and the Beast.

Science Fiction & Fantasy by Women of Color

I read a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Seriously, A LOT. Growing up, I cut my teeth on Anne McCaffery’s Dragonriders of Pern series and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. Later, it was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Sadly, many people still think Science Fiction and Fantasy novels are written mostly by white anglo-saxon men for white anglo-saxon men (think J. R. R. Tolkein or George R. R. Martin). However, there are a number of fantastic female authors of color rocking both genres today.