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My current read...
‘Through the dark, the family of three heard a deafening noise, and then something jumped out of the bushes at them, surreal and terrifying.
It was a wolf with a man’s face.’
I am currently reading…surprise surprise…Red Riding Hood. It’s a reworked old classic with a new storyline that all wolf-lovers and fairy-tale lovers will enjoy. The best quote I found was the one at the top of the page – this is the version of Red Riding hood, written by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson. Have you read this version at all? It was adapted into a movie, which I also enjoyed.
The blurb for Red Riding Hood is this;
In a time when villages are so small that everyone knows everyone else, one girl struggles to find her own way. After her sister’s violent death, Valerie’s world begins to spiral out of control; a marriage is being forced upon her, her father is the town drunk, her mother wants to control her and her true love wants to run away with her – but where can they run from this small village and it’s big secrets?
For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice but now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf-hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them – it could be anyone in town. It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes, or everyone she loves will die.
Who will save her? Or can she save herself?
In this dangerous, riveting new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending may be hard to find.
I picked the book initially because…well it had wolves. I try to read as much as I can about wolves and this was one of the better ones! I know it’s been under a lot of controversy, with people saying that an original story has been ruined…but in my eyes it kinda made more sense! The wolf is amazing, in the book and in the film and I love to curl up when I’m depressed and read it – it’s got an amazing cover image even!
As far as I know, there are no other books out at the moment by these authors, which is really sad. They could rework a lot of the different Grimm’s Fairy-tales and do it quite successfully, with the slightest bit of gory horror that brings this story truly to life.
Being a Fairy-tale/horror genre, this really did encourage me to read the book in one sitting. I could almost imagine the confusion of Valery after her sister, Lucy, is brutally murdered by the Wolf – a beast which has held the villagers in fear for many years. Unable to know who to trust, she follows her heart until the very end.
I did find that reading this version of Red Riding Hood did help me, mostly when I twisted the fairy-tale for my own use in an anthology…though I did go about twenty steps further than Blakley-Cartwright and Johnson.
I’d like to know what you all thought of Red Riding Hood…
Was it a flop for you?
Or did you find it, like me, a thrilling tale of betrayal, confusion and love?
What books have influenced you in the last few weeks?
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Dominique Goodall - June 25, 2012
Thanks for having me here today Scott! I'm glad you liked the story too, it's which does appeal to me and likely always will...wolves and myself go hand in paw. Red Riding Hood was always my favourite fairy-tale...so the way everyone tells it differently really helps!
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