This is very, very funny, readers! If you have not yet had the pleasure of watching Dry Bar Comedy, a channel where the comedians avoid cursing and foul language, then you may have missed this part of John Branyan’s act. That includes this stellar version of the classic “The Three Little Pigs” fairy tale, the … Continue reading A Shakespearian Retelling of The Three Little Pigs
A little while ago I visited Cyn Bagely’s* YouTube channel, where she reads stories for all to enjoy. In addition to her readings of Alice in Wonderland*, she also reads her own fiction. Recently she has begun to read fables and fairy tales as well, two of which are included below. Ms. Bagley is a … Continue reading Fables and Fairy Tales from Cyn Bagley
Having recently seen Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastic Spirited Away* again, I was struck by something I had not noticed before. It is a minor detail, one the story takes for granted, and so it is easy to miss. This is especially the case in a day and age where the fairy tale has largely been either … Continue reading Spirited Away – A Refresher on the Fairy Tale Story Pattern
I have actually read this sweet little story, so I can vouch that it’s good. If you are searching for a Christmas gift for your own child, the neighbor’s son, a niece or a nephew, you could do worse than Roverandom*. The article below, which is a ringing endorsement of the same tale, should more … Continue reading “Rover, Red Rover, Let Tolkien Come Over!”
...May be more than some suspect. Learn more through the link, readers! Wisdom and Wonder: The Magic of Fairy Tales By Jeff Minick September 21, 2021 Updated: September 22, 2021 In my 1967 edition of “The World’s Best Fairy Tales: A Reader’s Digest Anthology,” which sits at my elbow as I write these words, former … Continue reading The Value of a Fairy Tale…
I know that I am overdue to post book reviews here, readers. The knowledge eats at me; I have several books on my TBR list about which I wish to write. And that list is growing by the day, so I had better start thinning the ranks! Cirsova Publishing was kind enough to provide me … Continue reading Review: The Paths of Cormanor by Jim Breyfogle
One may think of this Bible passage when viewing these photos. Or he may remember the tale of Thumbelina, written by Hans Christian Anderson*. Certainly, I am reminded of The Lilies of the Field, both the film* starring Sidney Poitier and the book.* Whichever item this story brings to your mind, treasure what you see, … Continue reading “Consider the Lilies of the Field….”
There are writers who dislike how Professor Tolkien’s magnum opus is considered the last word in modern fantasy. Most of their argument revolves around how present authors in the field of fantasy ignore shorter action/adventure tales in the “pulp” format of fantasy for epics that practically copy and paste from The Lord of the Rings.* … Continue reading Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
More good news has arrived, readers! As of May 14, 2021, I have had a short story published in Storyhack Magazine*! If you crack open their latest issue – Storyhack Magazine Issue Seven – you will find my tale “Scylla’s Lair” which begins on page 89! It takes a familiar fairy tale, adds a dash … Continue reading Bulletin: A New Story Revealed – in Storyhack Magazine, Issue Seven!
Forgive the Jim Croce* reference, readers, but it was the first thing that sprang to mind. If you have not heard any of his songs yet, I highly recommend checking them out after you read this article. That man could sing! Enjoy the piece, readers: Once Upon a Time: The Importance of Fairy Tales for … Continue reading Fairy Tales and Memories….