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The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
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Jun 05, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: Fairy tale lovers
Read in February, 2006

Let's consider Rumplestiltskin for a minute... we all know the story. There are some severe problems with it- even more so than normally seen in fairy tales. Among them:

1. Why in the world would the miller tell the king something as stupid and obviously false and impossible as "my daughter can spin straw into gold"?

2. How the heck did he MEET the king in the first place?

3. Why does the daughter go along with this... and what is her freaking name, anyway??

4. Why does she decide to marry the guy who threatened her life and forced her to make all this gold in the first place?

It just doesn't make a great deal of sense. And so begins the book, which is a collection of several possible answers. Each of the stories is a fractured fairy tale of sorts, and all Rumplestiltskin. The story remains the same, the circumstances range from blackmail to insanity to a long night drinking vodka in a local bar.

A wonderful read through a well-known tale.
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