How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen is one of those once in a lifetime books you’ll probably love but never fully reread. My anticipation of this book was immense, largely due to the subject matter of this book and the introduction written by the wonderful Marissa Meyer. I admit, I did squee a bit upon seeing her name. Yolen does a fantastic job of reworking the stories from this world’s past, weaving deeply moving and poignant reimaginings of the tales many of us know and love.
And they were quite fascinating in a great number of ways. From Granny Rumple to Cinder Elephant, Yolen’s writing has an adicting quality and manages to touch on some very important topics with some very important morals to be gleaned from them. The thing about How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is that you will likely enjoy a great many of her stories very much. Others, however, you will grow bored of and wish to skim. I think the most difficult piece of reading this book was the fact that I would fall in love with a story, grow increasingly interested, and then it would be over and I was on to the next one, still reeling from what I’d read moments previously. As such, some stories seemed quite subpar when they followed masterpieces like Granny Rumple.
Overall, I am rather fond of this collection of stories. Yolen even goes so far as to leave a few paragraphs at the end of her book to give the reader further information regarding where the tales came from, their inspiration, and what brought her to write it. I really enjoyed the experience of learning these bits and pieces, especially since I (shockingly) did not recognize all of the stories which had inspired her work. How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is certainly quite worth reading and I think a great number of people will have a blast of a time with it. I know I did.
I was given a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.