The magic of the fairy-tale is everlasting. There has always been an underlying darkness to fairy-tales worth revisiting and exploring, for it brings with it a fascinating kind of romance both steeped in history and culture, but also dreams and the unconscious. Check out some of these titles if you are interested in rekindling the wonder and suspension of disbelief that fairy-tales never fail to provide.
More Than True: At first this nonfiction book may seem like an over-analysis of children’s stories. But slowly, as Robert Bly reinterprets old classics, he no longer sounds like the crazy professor but instead a sage of interpretation.
Beren and Lúthien: J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Beren and Luthien”, published for the first time as a standalone novel by his son, Christopher Tolkien, last year (2017), is a romantic fairy-tale and adventure story about the love and journey between a mortal man – Beren - and an Elfin maiden – Luthien.
Undine and Other Tales: “Undine” (from German), is considered one of the finest stories from the fairy-tale canon. Readers will be brought into timeless worlds such as a quaint rural cottage, an island garden, an enchanted wood, a town and kingdom, and the deep blue sea. Oh, and there’s a mermaid.
White as Snow: Tanith Lee’s “White As Snow” is a disturbing and powerful book that infuses mythology, specifically the Demeter and Persephone story, into the Snow White fairy-tale.