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Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
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Jul 12, 10

it was ok
Read from July 07 to 10, 2010

The idea behind redoing traditional fairy tales with a more realistic sensibility is a good one, and the emphasis on the female characters was interesting. "Feminist" literature doesn't really do it for me, though, and maybe this ultimately failed for me because it felt so much like it was trying so hard to be this type of work. The writing was on average just okay--quite good in parts but overly metaphoric in most others--the framing of the pieces felt forced, and the character development was too quick resulting in unsympathetic and largely unrelatable protagonists, due probably to the shortness of the pieces. A handful of the tales were really good, but the majority weren't and I think it would have been more successful if Donoghue had taken on fewer tales with more character development. This would have, in addition to making them more interesting, truly redefined the fairy tale genre.

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