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We have some exciting news for all of you wonderful readers. We have officially joined up with Hiveworks.com and in the next two weeks (give or take) you should expect to see some changes to the site. We will be moving to a new (more stable) server and getting a new design/layout which will include LARGER pages. The change over should be pretty seamless, so no worries.
You can now buy a copy of Erstwhile book through Amazon.com. We even qualify for Amazon Prime shipping!
The book is a beautiful full color, hardcover edition with 160 pages of content including eight complete fairytales. Included: The Farmer’s Clever Daughter; A Tale with a Riddle; Maid Maleen; The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage; All Fur; The Little Shroud; The Old Man & his Grandson; and The Sweet Porridge.
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A privileged boy named Kyle Kingsbury is handsome, proud, and a real jerk. You know the type… he thinks he’s better than everyone, has lots of friends and admirers, picks on the weird kids and dates the hottest, most superficial girl in school. When he invites weirdo girl Kendra to the prom as a prank it backfires.
She’s actually a witch and punishes him for his wicked heart. However, because he showed one small act of kindness by thoughtlessly giving the white rose corsage his date hated to a nerdy girl collecting prom tickets, a girl who truly appreciated it’s beauty. Instead of being permanently beastly, Kyle has two years to break the spell. Two years to find a girl who will love him for what he is instead of what he looks like, PROVE her love with a kiss, and the real kicker, he has to truly love HER in return. Kyle believes all of that to be impossible.
This is where the real meat of the story begins. Kyle is taken from his home in New York City and locked away in an expensive house in Brooklyn by his father who is even more disgustingly superficial than his son. It is here Kyle begins his real transformation. His character gradually and believably changes, matures into someone who looks past the surface. It is excellently written as you don’t feel that this part of the story is rushed or happens all at once. As he is around genuine people who care about him they manage to affect him, though he has no hope of breaking the spell. Until…
A man breaks into his greenhouse of roses and when caught, offers his daughter in exchange for his own life. The beast does not hesitate, hoping she may be THE one. He reasons that she would be better off with him than with a father that would sell her off to save his own life. It is here that he meets Lindy, or they meet again. Lindy is none other than the nerdy girl who he gave the rose to at the prom. There might be hope yet! As they spend time together the two both blossom wonderfully into very rich and endearing characters.
I’d say this one is well worth a read. It’s definitely worth a day of having your nose in a book! And I’ve just learned there is the regular edition and a deluxe edition that contains Lindy’s journal, giving you the story from her perspective. I might have to pick up the deluxe for myself this Christmas.
I actually saw the movie before I read the book. I caught it on Showtime and recognized that it was fairytale based almost immediately. It was an interesting movie to watch, but like most movies based on books, there were some glaring differences. Even not having read the book yet I could feel there were some serious things either missing or changed not for the better. After reading the book, I realized that the changes made in the movie crippled the impact the story. I don’t plan to get into the details because there are so many.
However, Neil Patrick Harris is in the movie as a secondary character. He’s WELL worth watching in any movie, really. So, if you want to see NPH, see the movie. Otherwise, pass and just read a really good book.
It’s been a while since we had a book review here. We’ve been so busy with the kickstarter and working on new fairytale comics for you to read that we just haven’t had the time! So, here are a few book recommendations for you wonderful readers.
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
This is the fairytale collection that Gina uses to adapt into scripts for Erstwhile. The book is translated by Jack Zipes and contains 250 tales, plus twenty-nine rare tales omitted from the original German edition. One of the world’s experts on children’s literature, Jack Zipes is a professor of German at the University of Minnesota and is the author of numerous books on folklore and fairy tales.
The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World
Another book by Jack Zipes, I found this one to be an excellent insight on the Brothers Grimm and the era in which they collected the tales for publication. explores the romantic myth of the brothers as wandering scholars, who gathered “authentic” tales from the peasantry. Bringing to bear his own critical expertise as well and new biographical information, Zipes examines the interaction between the Grimms’ lives and their work.