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Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul

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I would have cherished it as a child just for how pretty it is; even if I didn't like all the stories. It was at mention of "people who know how to play with your brokenness like a fidget spinner" that I realized I couldn't keep doing this to myself.

But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. I kind of lost any hope for enjoyment when the phrase “how to play with your brokenness like it is a fidget spinner” was used.

Bringing the old into the new, this modernised take is sure to captivate lovers of these timeless tales. Even when Gill uses her own voice, she takes that same attitude of both cautionary tale and sage advice. This is filled with poetic retellings and short stories of fairy tales, as well as a few original tales.

My lack of ability to breathe, be patient and not panic is a detriment and shows weakness more so than anything.Her mother told her she could grow up to be anything she wanted to be, so she grew up to become the strongest of the strong, the strangest of the strange, the wildest of the wild, the wolf leading the wolves.

To conclude, if you love reading poetry or books written in verse, you should definitely check this out. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory.

Being upset about the inequality to date in our world is not really a useful thing to teach our children. And now she knew how important it is for a woman to be beautiful, as it is the only currency she truly had in this world, she became even more bitter. They may want you to believe I was simple being brave, but anxiety makes more heroes than history would care to repeat. I think there is probably something here for everyone; but unfortunately you have to navigate a lot of obnoxious, in your face rhetoric to find it.The writing of this had me awestruck and there was so much magic throughout, the perfect blend of real life and fantasy. But also, there’s story-telling from the feisty woman angle which is much needed to present a different take on the tired old cliches. Though the illustrations are gorgeous and there’s a couple of impactful poems/stories in there, I was ultimately unmoved and unimpressed with like, 95% of it. I thought this would be the perfect poetry collection for me but Gill’s interpretations of fairytales/folklore and creative choices as a whole didn’t connect with me at all.

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