2000-09-09: Snow White, Blood Red

Snow White, Blood Red (1993)

Black Thorn, White Rose (1994)

Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)

edited by Ellen Datlow (1949-) & Terri Windling (1958-)

These are three books in a series (presumed ongoing) of fairy tales for adults. I find them interesting because they are (nearly) all based on the themes of a very limited set of traditional fairy tales, and yet they show a great breadth of imagination and clever combination of traditional and new elements.

I like them as examples of creativity: starting with a given set of memes, and connecting with others, each writer creates a new set of memes. The editors provide almost no commentary on the stories, but include an introduction and a list of recommended reading for each book.

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