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An anthology of stories set in Willingham's world of Fables, interpreting traditional tales and nursery rhymes in his contemporary idiom. The story of Snow White's revenge is typically inventive; likewise Old King Cole and the three blind mice; and also the tragic after-story of the Frog Prince. Lots of different artists illustrate the stories, all good - the one that really took my breath away was Brian Bolland, unfortunately illuminating the shortest and slightest of the component stories. Another unfortunate point is the dubious orientalism of the framing narrative (though it too is gorgeous illustrated by Charles Vess). A good starting point to try out Willingham's style, both for good and ill.

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londonkds
Nov. 28th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I thought that Snow taking over Scheherazade's role and telling her how to survive was a pretty textbook example of both the classic Mary Sue and cultural appropriation.
nwhyte
Nov. 28th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Certainly agree about cultural appropriation; not quite so sure that Mary Sue is a fair criticism, unless we think that Willingham sees himself as Snow White?
londonkds
Nov. 28th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
It's not Mary Sue in the pure self-insert sense, but it definitely is in the "character steals the canon role of an established character" sense.
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