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Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
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Aug 10, 2009

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Fanciful take on fractured fairy tales. The characters from fairy tales have managed to escape from the monotony of reenacting endlessly their particular stories to live in the real world. Somehow (not explained) the stories themselves are intact and able to be read. This implies that the act of writing leads to the creation of real characters who inhabit the stories in some netherworld, much like in Jasper Fforde's the Eyre Affair or Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series. The characters defeated the "Wild," the antagonist of the novel which is an ethereal and non corporeal entity which seeks to keep all the characters in this fairytale world, although why this is so is never very clear. The "Wild" has been held in check for many years under the bed of a young girl, Julie. As long as no one makes a wish at the official wishing well at the 3 Bears Motel, the wild can be kept under control and powerless. But someone does indeed make a wish in the wishing well that releases the wild and sets chaos into motion. That someone is no less than the local librarian, who, it seems is itching to get her hands on some new stories. The characters are drawn back into the stories they fought so hard to get out of with new characters and stories being created as innocent bystanders get pulled into the wild too.

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