Shannon Hale's 'The Storybook of Legends' is a twist on traditional fairy tales
That’s evident in the 304-page story as it’s delightfully told and has nice twist to the traditional fairy tales and princess stories and includes a wide variety in the cast of characters. It plays off many of the clichés and stereotypes in the stories without becoming one itself, too.
“The Storybook of Legend” also presents how expectations and choices can affect others.
Hale said she identified with Raven, who didn’t particularly want to walk in a predetermined path that everyone expected her to.
“I wouldn’t want someone to force me to become something I didn’t want to become,” Hale said.
If Raven decides not to take her spot in the story, she puts all of the characters in her fairy tale at risk for going “Poof!”
“One of the things that I like about this world is that it’s not black and white,” Hale said. “There are two sides to the situation, the Royals and the Rebels. And you let readers decide for themselves what they would do.”
Her 9-year-old son read “The Storybook of Legends,” and she was encouraged by his opinion about the ending.
“I like this kind of story, where you don’t have to be one thing or other,” Hale said. “You can listen to both sides and make the best choice and not make one side evil.”
She's written a half-dozen other e-books that are short introductions to several of the characters, including Briar Beauty, daughter of Sleeping Beauty, Ashlynn Ella, daughter of Cinderella, Madeline Hatter, daughter of the Mad Hatter, and Hunter Huntsman, along with the "Tale of the Two Sisters."
Hale will be collaborating with her husband, Dean, on the next two books in the series, and the second one is due out in March 2014.
They also have the four-book Princess in Black graphic novel series through Candlewick Press that is currently being illustrated. A third book in Hale’s Princess Academy series is also in the works, and she’s also writing one of the books in Scholastic’s Spirit Animals series.
One of her books for adults, “Austenland,” was recently made into a movie and was released earlier this summer in theaters.
And she has ideas for several other books, including a couple in the Austenland world and a sequel to “Dangerous.”
That is, if she finds time to write them and the twins eventually get potty trained.
If you go ...
What: Shannon Hale book signing
When: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Provo City Library, 550 N. University Ave., Provo
Note: Tickets are free but required; they are available at the reference desk and limited to four per person.
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